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Lions take extra-inning thriller from Albright, 6-5

Penn State Harrisburg honored its seniors with a 6-5 extra-inning comeback victory over Albright on Wednesday, April 16 in Middletown.

 

The atmosphere on the diamond was focused, but with a hint of a less stressed Lions team. With the weight of the Capital Athletic Conference schedule off their shoulders, the Lions focused on just finishing the season on a positive note.  

 

tinydirt4 23 14Photo by John Diffenderfer - Penn State Harrisburg’s Garrett McCutcheon, above right, slides headfirst into second base against Albright.It did not take long for the Lions to get started.

 

Logan Hall singled to left center in Penn State Harrisburg’s first inning, and after stealing a base he was in position to score. Senior Colton Houseal doubled to left field for the first RBI of the day and an early Lion lead, 1-0. 

 

Albright matched the effort in the second inning to tie things quickly back up.

 

In the bottom of the third, Penn State Harrisburg regained its one-run advantage thanks to another Hall stolen base. A Travis Crammer single set up Eric Hoover, who grounded out bringing in Hall.  

 

The Lions’ starting pitcher, Clint Hicks, got into a little bit of trouble and left the game giving up only one earned run. The bases were loaded when relief pitcher Will Chaney came in to the game in the top of the fifth.  He was able to get out of the inning, but not before Albright scored two runs for another lead change.

 

When Albright added two more runs in the sixth, it seemed as if Penn State Harrisburg was about to lose another game it was so close to winning.

 

A frustrated Albright pitcher put three men on base with a hit batsman and two walks to load the bases. In stepped the Lions’ Garrett McCutcheon, who drilled a three-run double when the Blue & White needed it most.  

 

The game was tied at 5-5 through the final three innings that included a multitude of pitching changes from both teams that were desperate to do whatever they could to get the win.

 

In the bottom of the tenth inning, Penn State Harrisburg had the bases loaded once again, needing just one run to win the game. Suiting for senior day, Houseal was at the plate with two outs and the bases loaded. He did not hit a grand slam, but his good eye helped him get a walk he will remember, allowing Jim Quinn to score the winning run.

 

It was an exciting thrill ride from start to finish.