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April 1, 2014
By Matt Allibone, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.- As the Penn State baseball team wrapped up a road trip to California two weeks ago, head coach Rob Cooper noticed something concerning about his team.
It wasn't just that they went 2-6 in an eight game stretch against Saint Mary's, Fresno State, and Santa Clara, but the fact that they fell behind in the first or second inning of each loss without being able to fight their way back.
Opening up Big Ten play with a weekend series against Northwestern, the Nittany Lions found themselves in a similar situation in back-to-back games, falling behind 2-0 in the first on Friday, and 3-0 in the opening frame on Saturday.
Both times however, Penn State kept its composure, rallying back each day to take the series with two straight wins by scores of 7-3 and 10-6, respectively.
"Earlier in the year, that might have been it for our guys," Cooper said. "After the first inning, I felt like our mindset was right and (we knew) there was a lot of game left and we were going to just play. I don't think we do that a couple weeks ago and that shows you the kind of growth and the choices they've made."
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