Lynchburg, Va. -- University of Lynchburg's baseball team earned a hard-fought split Saturday in a day-night doubleheader with visiting Penn State-Harrisburg.
The Nittany Lions took Game 1 by a 5-2 score on Lynchburg's Fox Field, but the Hornets had better luck in the nightcap at Heritage High School, claiming an 8-7 win in the late innings.
Game 1 Final: Penn State-Harrisburg 5, Lynchburg 2
Game 2 Final: Lynchburg 8, Penn State-Harrisburg 7
Records: Lynchburg 2-5, Penn State Harrisburg 2-1-1
Venue: James C. Fox Field, University of Lynchburg and Heritage High School, Lynchburg, Va.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Nittany Lions scored one in the top of the first to take an early lead and added to it with a three-run third inning and another run in the sixth for a 5-0 advantage.
Lynchburg got on the board in the seventh when freshman center fielder Carrson Atkins (Charlottesville, Va.) delivered an RBI single. Freshman right fielder Kaden Warren (Berryville, Va.) scored the Hornets' second run on a first-and-third play later in the inning, but that was all the offense Lynchburg could muster.
Penn State-Harrisburg took an early lead again in the nightcap with a two-run first inning, but Lynchburg responded with two runs of its own in the bottom when the Nittany Lions' right fielder dropped a fly ball off Warren's bat.
Lynchburg took the lead with three more runs in the second on a bases-loaded walk by sophomore first baseman Avery Combs (Lynchburg, Va.), a passed ball, and another bases-loaded free pass by freshman catcher Holden Fiedler (Henrico, Va.).
Penn State-Harrisburg erased the lead with two runs in the fifth and another in the sixth to tie the ballgame at 5.
Lynchburg retook the lead in the bottom half on freshman third baseman Garrett Jackson's (Virginia Beach, Va.) RBI single and added another in the bottom of the seventh on a sacrifice fly by graduate student designated hitter Kinston Carson (Tappahannock, Va.).
The Nittany Lions scored twice in the top of the eighth on Carson, who entered in relief, but Lynchburg struck the final blow in the bottom half when Warren hustled home from second on a groundout by freshman left fielder Brendan McDonald (Virginia Beach, Va.).
Penn State-Harrisburg got runners to second and third with nobody out in the ninth, but the southpaw wriggled out of the jam for his first win as a Hornet.
With rain in the forecast, the two teams cancelled Game 3 of the series scheduled for Sunday. Lynchburg will be back in action Tuesday, March 5 with a 2 p.m. first pitch against William Peace on Fox Field.