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University Park, Pa.; April 11, 2006 - The Penn State baseball team will continue its season-long, nine-game homestand on Wednesday afternoon when the Duquesne Dukes come to town for a 3:00 p.m. game at Beaver Field.
Duquesne (7-22) is coming off a loss to Kent State on Tuesday and a weekend series in which it lost two out of three to UMass. The Dukes will start freshman righthander Brian Schwartzbauer (0-1, 11.17 ERA, 9.2 IP). Duquesne has played four common opponents as the Nittany Lions, losing to Bowling Green, Toledo, Central Michigan, and Pitt. Penn State also lost to Bowling Green, Toledo, and Central Michigan, but defeated Pitt. The Dukes also lost to Villanova, whom the Lions will play next month.
Penn State (8-21) is coming off a weekend in which it lost three of four games to Iowa. However, the final game, an 11-10 win in a game that was shortened to six innings, will hopefully serve as a momentum builder. In that game, Lance Thompson hit the first Penn State grand slam since the 2004 season and the Nittany Lions also won their first game this year when their opponent scored first, rallying from a six-run deficit to win. The game was shortened due to a 12:30 p.m. curfew so that Iowa could catch its flight home from Harrisburg.
For the second straight Wednesday, the Nittany Lions will start sophomore righty Seth Whitehill (0-0, 2.25 ERA, 8.0 IP). In his first career start last Wednesday vs. Pitt, Whitehill pitched quite well, going six innings and allowing just four hits and two runs while striking out five and walking none.