Due to inclement weather, the series was only able to play 2 games out of the 3 that were scheduled. The third game will be made up on 5/1/2016.
Game 1: Mike Dunlap hurled a gem, but the PSBC's bats go quiet in 2-1 loss to Pittsburgh. PSBC's Mike Dunlap gave a heroic performance on Sunday against #1 Pitt. He struck out nine batters while scattering just 8 hits through 7 2/3 innings in the 2-1 loss. State was held to only 4 hits, including 2 by Pat Barder who doubled and singled. The squad hit the ball hard and had quality at bats, but the dice didn't fall their way.
Game 2: A late rally wasn't enough for State to pull out the victory. The PSBC started out game 2 on a rough note with committing 2 errors in the field and only scoring 1 run in the first 4 innings. Michael Bealmear got the start for Penn State and struck out 3 in his 3 inning appearance. Late game heroics in the 6th inning by Shane McMurtry and Pat Barder pushed 3 runs across the board, cutting the deficit to 9-4. Shaemus Lunney dealt Pitt 4 strike outs in the bottom of the 6th, which sparked a comeback inning with Joe Picard and Pat Barder RBIs in the 7th. State fell 9-6 and looks to make a convincing comeback this weekend against SUNY Brockport.
Game 3: A magnificent collective effort by the entire squad wasn't enough to knock #1 contender Pitt off the throne. The squad combined for 10 hits, but all in timely scenarios with runners in scoring position. Mike Dunlap threw a heroic 6.0 innings, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits. A back and forth affair throughout the whole game made for exciting baseball but ended in a heart break for the Lions. Tanner Witter cleared the bases with a 3 RBI double in the 9th inning, sending State up by 4. Pitt answered with 4 tying runs against Shaemus Lunney in the 9th. The 10th inning was the final blow against State, where Pitt plated one to win.
State continues its quest to the Regional Tournament as it faces Drexel in a double header this Sunday.