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RICHMOND, Va. – Led by Tyler Kendall’s 4-for-6 day at the plate, Penn State scored a run in each inning en route to a 15-2 rout of NYIT in non-conference baseball action Friday afternoon at the University of Richmond’s Pitt Field.
Kendall (Boynton Beach, Fla.) had a career-best four hits and drove in two runs, as Penn State (5-7) enjoyed a season-best offensive day with 15 hits and 11 walks to extend its winning streak to three.
Additional offensive leaders included freshman second baseman Conlin Hughes (Holly Springs, N.C.), who went 3-for-6 with a triple and RBI. Shortstop Jim Haley (Upper Darby, Pa.) and centerfielder Austin Riggins (Greer, S.C.) each blasted two-run home runs, and left fielder Greg Guers (Langhorne, Pa.) and third baseman Willie Burger (Lancaster, Pa.) also enjoyed two RBI days. Right fielder Nick Riotto (Washington, Pa.) went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, and designated hitter James Coates (Girard, Ohio) walked in all four plate appearance for a new career high in the category and also scored twice.
Pittsburgh native LHP Taylor Lehman (1-3) earned his first win of the season pitching six-plus innings and allowed just one unearned run on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
Penn State a scored a run in each of the first three innings. Hustle from Riotto resulted in the Lions’ first run, as he and Hughes led off the bottom of the first with singles, and then Riotto tagged from second to third and then third to home on back-to-back fly outs to centerfield.
A Coates walk, Kendall single, wild pitch and a balk resulted in the Lions’ second-inning run, and Haley led the third inning off with a double and advanced a base and scored on back-to-back groundouts.
The Lions extended their lead to 7-1 with four runs in the fourth inning. With the bases loaded, Guers started the scoring with a single up the middle for one run. Burger followed with a sacrifice fly for another run and Coates followed with a two-out walk to reload the bases. That brought Kendall to the plate, who singled to centerfield to drive in two runs.
Hughes tripled with a runner on and scored on an error in the fifth for a 9-1 lead, and Coates walked, advanced a base each on a wild pitch and Kendall single before scoring on an Alex Malinsky (Apex, N.C.) groundout in the sixth.
Haley blasted a two-run home run over the left field wall in the seventh, while Riggins did the same in the eighth. It was Haley’s second of the season and freshman Riggins’ first. Another run scored in the eighth on a wild pitch for the final margin.
RHP Matt Diaz (1-1) suffered the loss after working the first three innings for NYIT (4-6). Anthony Caradonna drove in the Bears’ run in the first inning and Eric Zeppa drove in another run in the eighth.
The tournament will continue Saturday for Penn State at 10 a.m. against Princeton and conclude Sunday against Richmond starting at 2 p.m.
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