Baseball Splits Home Doubleheader with Penn-State Altoona

Devin McLaughlin hit his second homer of the season in the second inning of Game 2. He also pitched one inning in Game 1.
Devin McLaughlin hit his second homer of the season in the second inning of Game 2. He also pitched one inning in Game 1.

HUNTINGDON, Pa.- After a layoff of 11 days which included a postponement last weekend, the Juniata baseball team returned to the field as it hosted Penn State-Altoona in the Eagles' home opener on Tuesday afternoon. In Game 1, JC led 4-0 after the first inning and added runs in the fourth and fifth innings on its way to an 11-4 victory.


Devyn Carper (Altoona, Pa./Altoona Area) scored the first run for the Eagles on a passed ball. Chris Schreder (Lititz, Pa./Lancaster Catholic) then came home on a fielder's choice. With runners on second and third and one out, two more runs came home on a passed ball as Juniata got ahead 4-0.


The Lions got three runs back in the top of the second to close the gap and make it a 4-3 game. Juniata was able to answer in the bottom of the fourth with a three-run inning to increase its lead to 7-3. The Eagle advantage went up in the bottom of the fifth with two-run singles by Cameron Livingston (Blairsville, Pa./Blairsville) and Carper.


After the Penn State Altoona three-run second inning, Juniata pitching shut the Lions down. Five Eagle pitchers went 5 1/3 innings with four hits, one unearned run, and one walk surrendered and five strikeouts.


Livingston finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three runs batted in. Matt Innella (Commack, NY/Commack) went 2-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored. Schreder was 2-for-3 and scored a run. Issac Kline (Everett, Pa./Bedford) had a double and two runs scored.


In Game 2, the Lions led 1-0 on a Gavin Roselli RBI single. Devin McLaughlin (Monmouth Beach, NJ/Shore Regional) tied the game up in the bottom of the second with a homerun to left field. Carper gave Juniata the lead as he singled to centerfield to score Josh Keszcyk (Boyertown, Pa/Boyertown).


Penn State-Altoona tied the contest at 2-2 on an Austin Anderson sacrifice fly. The Lions took the lead for good as six runs came across home plate in the top of the fifth.


McLaughlin hit 1-for-3 and hit his second homerun of the season. Schreder had the only extra base hit for the Eagles, a double in the second inning.


Juniata (5-11) travels to Carlisle, Pa to play Dickinson on Saturday. Game 1 begins at 12:30 p.m. with the second game starting around 3:00 p.m.