State College Classic
Albeit a crushing 3-2 loss to Ohio University in the championship game of the exhibition tournament, the first weekend of fall baseball brought a great sense of energy and optimism to the upcoming season for the Penn State Baseball Club. State earned hard fought wins against Towson, Hofstra, and then Maryland in the semi-final game, despite dropping their second game to Cal U.
The main highlight of the weekend was the pitching performance from the Nittany Lions. Through 34 innings, the pitching staff gave up only 7 earned runs, posting a 1.44 ERA. Leading the charge was senior Mike Dunlap (9 Ks), junior Shaemus Lunney (7 Ks), and junior Erik Gretzmacher (6 Ks). Dunlap and Gretzmacher recorded two of the clubs wins over the weekend, while junior Bryan Chesky notched the third.
Throughout the weekend, seniors Ryan Hooven (6 hits), Joe Picard, Tanner Witter, and Darren McKee (4 hits apiece) provided consistent at bats for the club. Junior Pat Barder brought the power with two doubles and a triple amongst his five hits.
State looks to continue its pitching dominance and momentum into Syracuse the weekend of October 15th in their first conference series of the year.