HOOSIERS WIN ONE IN OPENING BIG TEN WEEKEND
April 5, 1999 HOOSIERS WIN ONE IN OPENING BIG TEN WEEKEND
Penn State Recaps
Penn State Upends Indiana, 9-3
STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Apr. 4, 1999 - Sophomore righty Pete Yodis pitched Penn State to its best Big Ten start ever, with a 9-3 win over Indiana.
After Indiana senior catcher Brandt Childs plated two with a single in the third, Yodis (3-1) was nearly untouchable. He retired 15 out of the next 16 batters, including 14 in a row, before junior right fielder Doug DeVore led off the ninth with his 12th home run of the year. Following his career best 12th strikeout,
Yodis surrendered a walk and a hit and gave way to junior Shawn Fagan (Levittown, N.Y.). Fagan proceeded to strike out the final two batters looking to close out the game.
In 8.1 innings of work, Yodis scattered four hits, while giving up three runs. He tossed 143 pitches and walked only three in addition to his dozen strikeouts.
Senior right fielder Dan Beers (Endicott, N.Y.) evened the game in the bottom of the third with a two-out two-run single, then gave the Lions the lead for good in the sixth with a two-run home run. His seventh blast of the year, Beers now stands one behind Penn State career leader Derek Bochna with 27 home runs.
Sophomore catcher Chris Netwall (Allentown, Pa.) extended Penn State's lead to 8-2 in the seventh with a bases-loaded single to left field that plated a pair of runners.
Freshman shortstop John Richmond (Pittsburgh, Pa.) went 0-for-4 to end his 14-game hitting streak. The run was the 10th-longest in Penn State history.
Penn State Splits Twinbill With Indiana
STATE COLLEGE, Pa.; Apr. 3, 1999 - Penn State and Indiana played a pair of games that went down to the wire at Beaver Field. The Lions won the first game 4-3 and the Hoosiers took the second contest 7-6.
In the opening game, Penn State sophomore Dan McCall was outstanding. In 5.2 innings of work, he surrendered one hit and three runs (two earned), while walking three and striking out six. McCall's only mistake came following a walk and a catcher's interference in the fourth, when senior catcher Brandt Childs lined a three-run home run to left field.
The Lions battled back with two runs in the bottom of the fourth, cutting the lead to 3-2. In the bottom of the sixth, senior right fielder Dan Beers walked with one out and went to third on an error and a passed ball, then tied the score on a Joe Puliafico sacrifice fly. Sophomore catcher Chris Netwall then followed with a double and scored the winning run on a Donnie Wright double.
Senior Andy Wager preserved the comeback win with 1.1 scoreless innings to move to 3-1 on the year. Indiana starter Chad Smith pitched 5.2 innings and fell to 3-4, as Penn State won its third consecutive one-run game for the first time since 1992.
The Hoosiers jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second contest and held on down the stretch, despite Wright's efforts to single-handedly bring the Lions back once again. He blasted a pinch-hit, two-out, three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth and nearly tied the game in the bottom of the seventh with an RBI double to left field that hit off the base of the wall. However, Chris Wilson was able to strike out Puliafico to end the game. Wilson improved to 2-0 on the year with 3.1 innings in relief of Indiana starter Brad Edwards.
Penn State Edges Indiana, 7-6
STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Apr. 2, 1999 - Freshman shortstop John Richmond laid down a perfect suicide squeeze bunt on a 1-2 pitch with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to score junior outfielder Michael Campo with the game-winning run as Penn State defeated Indiana 7-6 in the Big Ten opener for both schools.
Junior second baseman Eric Spadt began the one-out rally with a walk. Campo then followed with a RBI double down the left field line off of Nick Otte (6-1) to tie the game. Richmond's heroics not only won the game, but extended his hitting streak to a dozen games.
Indiana took a 1-0 lead in the third when junior right fielder Doug DeVore reached on an error and scored on a Brandt Childs' double. The Lions equaled the score in the fifth on RBI single by Campo.
The Hoosiers jumped back ahead in sixth, scoring four runs off Penn State starter Dan Goebeler including two on a DeVore homer, his 11th on the year. However, three of the runs were unearned after Goebeler threw away a bunt attempt. The Lions immediately answered back with three runs in their half of the sixth. Junior third baseman Shawn Fagan led off with a home run, sophomore left fielder Scott Hamilton added a sacrifice fly and sophomore catcher Chris Netwall scored on a double steal to cut Indiana's margin to 5-4.
Sophomore Blake St. Clair's RBI single in the seventh extended Indiana's lead to two, but senior right fielder Dan Beers knocked Indiana starter Jason Torres out of the game with a solo home run to lead off the eighth on a 3-0 count. His sixth dinger of the year, Beers now has 26 on his career - two behind Penn State's all-time leader Derek Bochna.
Senior Andy Wager kept Indiana scoreless over the final 2.2 innings to improve to 2-1 on the year.
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