Nittany Lions avenge earlier loss to Troy State baseball team

Published 12:00 am Sunday, March 11, 2001

After a convincing win against Penn State on Thursday, the Troy State pitching staff could not hold off the Nittany Lions on Friday in their second match up at the Texas-Pan American Tournament at Jody Ramsey Stadium.

The two teams were tied up at with one run apiece going into the bottom of the second inning when the Penn State offensive took control of the game. The Nittany Lions racked up eight runs and eight RBIs off of eight hits in the half inning.

Both teams scored a run in the fourth, with Troy State’s coming from a homer to left field by Montgomery, Ala., native Collin Holder, his fifth this season. Designated hitter Doug Rodio, who had reached on a single, came home for Penn State on a wild pitch by Aaron Kirkland to put them ahead, 10-2.

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The Trojans (11-7) scored their third and last run of the game in the top of the seventh with a RBI single by Casey Smith, senior short stop from Cottonwood, Ala., that scored Tim Ellis, who had reached on a walk.

The Nittany Lions (4-11) sealed up the seven-inning victory by adding three more runs onto the board in the bottom of the seventh with a RBI single by left fielder Rod Perry and a two-run home run by first baseman Chris Wright.

Penn State’s Aaron Tressler (2-1) was the pitcher of record for the game, striking out six batters and walking four while allowing only three Trojan hits and two earned runs in six and two-thirds inning.

Senior Aaron Kirkland (2-3) picked up the loss, allowing 11 hits and 10 earned runs in four innings. Mal Winters, a freshman righty from Pine Apple, Ala., also made an appearance while scattering three hits and three earned runs over the last two and two-thirds innings.

Troy State plays its final game of the tournament at 4 p.m. on Saturday against Texas-Pan American at Jody Ramsey Stadium. The Trojans will be in action again next weekend when they open up Trans America Athletic Conference play on the road against Mercer for a three-game series.