By Jeff Sattora, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
University Park, Pa.- The team could see it coming, following Saturday's tough loss to Purdue, the Penn State baseball players knew they were very close to finally breaking open the offensive floodgates. Following a third straight big win since Saturday; it looks like they were exactly right.
The Lions used another strong offensive show to go along with great pitching to come away with an 8-2 win Wednesday night at home vs. Binghamton.
Just like Purdue on Sunday (a 16-6 Lions win) the top of the lineup was yet
again a driving force for the Nittany Lions as Sean Deegan and Jordan Steranka
each had three hits, with Steve Snyder and Joey DeBernardis each having one hit
and two RBIs.
"We were able to carry on what we've been able to do the last two games," said outfielder Sean Deegan. "Everything's been clicking, everyone's been hitting, top to bottom putting runs on the board."
When everyone is getting on base the approach can change, and the team can start to be more aggressive at the plate.
"When we're scoring a lot of runs you can be so much more aggressive," Deegan said. "You can try driving the ball a little bit more."
That ability to be aggressive led to 12 hits in the win over Binghamton, with eight different players getting at least one hit.
Binghamton had started off the game quick with a 1-0 first inning lead, but the Lions bounced back off the hitting of the top of that lineup to score four in the third and never look back.
This was a great sign for the home team to be able to bounce back, as previously they had been 2-12 in games where the opposing team scored first.
"I think early in the season when we got down we got down on ourselves, but recently we've been playing well it's not going to phase us, especially being at home," said third baseman Joey DeBernardis. "It's only one run and you got to score a run to win, so I don't think it phased us that much."
DeBernardis has been anything but phased lately as he has really been knocking the cover off the ball for the Lions, not only did he have two RBIs vs. Binghamton, but he was 4-5 with a homerun vs. Kent State on Tuesday.
"It's been about time," DeBernardis said about not only the team's hitting, but his as well. Adding he hasn't changed anything at the plate too much, just trying to be more relaxed and comfortable.
One way to continue to be relaxed and comfortable at the plate is when you know you have a strong pitcher on the mound, and that is exactly what the Lions had on Wednesday in Cody Lewis.
Lewis was able to pick up his second win on the season, throwing five innings and allowing only one earned run on seven hits for the win.
"I definitely pitched better than I had this season," Lewis said on his performance. "Settle down, try and keep the ball down, let my defense do the work."
With the strong offensive outbursts and the solid pitching the team is confident they will be able to keep this three game winning streak going.
"The last few games we've got a lot more confidence, especially offensively," said assistant coach Eric Folmar.
The team will look to add to that streak and confidence this weekend as they battle Canisius at home in a three game series.