March 17, 2017
Saturday, Mar. 18 – Noon (DH)Sunday, Mar. 19 – 1:00 p.m. Bob Hannah Stadium | Newark, Del.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State ball will lapse to a highway to play 3 games in dual days during Delaware starting Saturday during noon with a doubleheader and final Sunday starting during 1 p.m. Penn State and Delaware were creatively scheduled to play a four-game home-and-home array starting with dual games in Medlar Field during Lubrano Park Thursday and Friday and afterwards dual games during Delaware, though winter continue forced a termination of a games in Happy Valley. One of a games will be done adult as partial of Saturday’s doubleheader during Delaware.
Live Video: BlueHens.com (Sunday only)
Live Audio: WVUD The Basement
Live Stats: StatBroadcast
Series History: 18-14
Last Series: 2005 (Penn State 3-0 during Delaware)
Saturday Game 1 Probables
PSU RHP Sal Biasi (2-1, 5.09 ERA)
DEL LHP Brandon Walter (1-3, 2.62 ERA)
Saturday Game 2 Probables
PSU RHP Justin Hagenman (1-2, 7.32 ERA)
DEL RHP Nick Spadafino (1-0, 5.60 ERA)
PSU RHP Cole Bartels (0-0, 5.00 ERA)
DEL LHP Kevin Milley (1-0, 3.86 ERA)
On a Road Again, But Not For Long
Penn State is now opening a 2017 deteriorate with 17 uninterrupted games divided from home (13 road, 4 neutral.) It’s their many given also personification 17 divided from home to start 2014. The Nittany Lions are afterwards scheduled to have their longest homestand of a deteriorate with 8 uninterrupted home games from Mar. 21-29.
With no weekday games this week, a Nittany Lions will have 5 days though an central game, though with dual midweek games scheduled for subsequent week and dual uninterrupted Saturdays with doubleheaders, a Lions are scheduled to play 9 games in 9 days from Mar.18 to Mar. 26.
With 6 wins in a initial 14 games, Penn State is off to a best start given 2011 (9-5). The Nittany Lions are also entrance off their initial winning open mangle outing given a same year after posting a 4-3 record in 7 games in 8 days in California.
The normal Nittany Lion starter this deteriorate is not utterly a sophomore, as a normal category year (Freshman = 1 … Senior = 4) opposite all 10 positions by 14 games is 1.98. On a pile a Lions are averaging 2.29 years of knowledge as compared to 1.94 during a plate. For a 2016 season, a Lions averaged 2.25 years in a starting lineup with a childish 1.96 on a pile and a false 2.49 during a image as a Lions started dual to 5 freshmen per game.
The Nittany Lions have used underclassmen exclusively adult a center this season. Sophomores Ryan Sloniger and Willie Burger have platooned during catcher, with beginner Brett Davis also sketch dual starts. Sophomore Conlin Hughes has started any diversion during second base, and freshmen Joe Weisenseel and Mason Nadeau have started any diversion during shortstop and centerfield, respectively. Freshman Braxton Giavedoni has drawn 8 of 11 starts in left field.
Penn State usually has 3 upperclassman position players on a roster, and one, Alex Malinsky has not played nonetheless this deteriorate due to injury.
Hot Hitting Quintet
Jordan Bowersox, Mason Nadeau, Willie Burger, Braxton Giavedoni and Conlin Hughes are now heading a Nittany Lions offensively.
Bowersox is a group personality in normal (.393), hits (22), doubles (5), sum bases (30) and on-base commission (.433), and he shares a group lead for additional bottom hits (5 2B, 1 HR) with Giavedoni (4 2B, 1 3B, 1HR) with six. He is also second on a group with 9 RBIs and tied for second with 4 stolen bases
Nadeau is second to Bowersox in batting (.364) and on-base commission (.429).
Burger is a energy personality with a career-high 3 home runs, a .543 slugging commission and 15 RBIs. He is also batting .304 and removing on bottom during a .347 clip.
Giavedoni’s 6 additional bottom hits give him a team’s third-best slugging commission during .512. He is also tied for a group lead with 6 walks and boasts a .293 batting normal and .388 on-base percentage.
Hughes leads a group with 12 runs and is batting .293 with a .361 on-base commission to go along with dual home runs and 7 RBIs. He owns a team’s longest attack strain during 10 games and is now on a 13-game reached bottom streak.
Year-over-year, Penn State has roughly double a additional bottom hits it had during a same indicate final year. Totaling 39 this deteriorate after totaling usually 24 by 14 games final season.
Doubles have roughly doubled, going from 15 in 2016 to 39 in 2017.
Home runs have doubled going from 5 to 10. Penn State strike 16 home runs in all of 2016.
Penn State’s 10 home runs in a initial 14 games is a many given during slightest 2002.
The Lions also non-stop 2016 with a 5-9 record. They went on to post their best record given 2012 during 28-27.
New Power Sources
Seven opposite Nittany Lions have sum for 10 home runs in a initial 14 games.
Four strike their initial career home runs, including 3 sophomores – Conlin Hughes, Jordan Bowersox and Keith Leavitt – and one beginner – Braxton Giavedoni.
Christian Helsel strike a grand impact opposite Pacific (3/5) after going homer-less in 2016. He strike one home run in 2015.
Willie Burger strike usually one home run as a freshman, though strike dual in a third diversion of a deteriorate during No. 1 TCU (2/19) and sum another during Sacramento State (3/11).
Nick Riotto has one home run after attack dual final season. He is a usually Nittany Lion returning with mixed home runs strike a deteriorate prior.
Seven Lions strike home runs final season.
Decisions for Distasio
RHP Nick Distasio has warranted decisions in any of his final 4 appearances, totaling 3 saves and a win.
Distasio warranted a final dual outs vs. Xavier (2/24) for his initial career save and afterwards pitched 3 1/3 innings in a array culmination (2/26) to acquire a win.
Including a Xavier win, any of his final 3 appearances have been for 3 1/3 innings. He warranted 3 1/3 inning saves during Pacific (3/4) in an 11-4 feat and during Sacramento State (3/9) in a 4-2 victory.
With 3 saves by 14 group games, Distasio has as many as RHP Jack Anderson had before going on to set a single-season record with 13 final season.
Johnny Bench Award Watch List
Sophomore catcher Ryan Sloniger was named to a 2017 Johnny Bench Award Watch List presented by BaseballSavings.com, a Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission announced.
The Johnny Bench Award is given annually to a tip catcher in NCAA Division we baseball. Sloniger is one of eighty-five catchers who was nominated for a endowment by their coach.
Sloniger has started 8 of 12 games behind a image for Penn State this deteriorate and led a group in starts behind a image final deteriorate as a beginner with 32. Sloniger also led a group with 3 four-RBI games and was a beginner group personality for home runs (2) and doubles (6).
The list will be updated to embody other possibilities until May 1, 2017. The watch list will afterwards be narrowed down to a semifinalists, whom will be announced May 17, 2017.
Last Time Out At Sacramento State (3/9-11)
Lions Find Ways to Score Against Tough Pitching, Get Tough Pitching
Sacramento State RHP Justin Dillon had thrown a no-hitter and singular No. 11 Washington to a strike and travel in his prior dual outings before confronting a Nittany Lions (3/9), and he ranked second in a republic with a 0.18 WHIP entering a diversion with usually dual hits, dual walks and a run authorised in 22.0 innings to go along with 25 strikeouts. However, Nick Riotto and Jordan Bowersox both managed home runs as Dillon surrendered 3 hits – all for additional bases – a travel and 3 runs to a Nittany Lions over 7 innings.
RHP Sal Biasi and RHP Nick Distasio sum to reason Sacramento State to 4 hits, as Penn State warranted a 4-2 feat in a array opener.
In a season-high 5 2/3 innings pitched, Biasi struck out a career-high nine, surrendering dual runs on 3 hits and 3 walks
Distasio pitched a final 3 1/3 innings for his third save of a season. He struck out 3 and authorised usually one strike and one walk.
Burger Factors in on Five Runs
Sophomore Willie Burger factored in on 5 of a 6 runs scored by Penn State in a array culmination feat over Sacramento State (3/11).
Burger went 3-for-5, a triple bashful of a cycle, with a three-run home run assisting him sum 4 RBIs and dual runs on a day.
Burger gathering in a initial run in a tip of a initial inning, strike a three-run home run in a third, and doubled and scored in a ninth.
Bartels Impressive in First Start
Freshman RHP Cole Bartels pitched 3 2/3 innings in his initial career start Sunday (3/11) after pitching 1 2/3 innings Wednesday.
He authorised usually one unmerited run on dual hits and dual walks.
Bartels faced a smallest by a initial 3 innings before a single, travel and error, all with dual outs, authorised Sacramento State to measure their initial and usually run.
Penn State pitching has sum to acquire dual two-hit or reduction games in a same deteriorate for a initial time given 2007.
In 2007, a Lions singular Central Connecticut State to dual hits on Mar. 23 and Northwestern to one strike on Apr. 21.
This season, a Lions have hold No. 1 TCU (2/17) and Sacramento State (3/11) to dual hits each.
Most recently, RHP Cole Bartels surrendered dual hits in a initial 3 2/3 innings opposite Sac State, though a bullpen hold a Hornets hitless over a final 5 1/3 innings.
RHP Dakota Forsyth was means to satisfy a pop-up to get out of a fourth, and afterwards he pitched a subsequent dual innings. RHP Eric Mock authorised usually a travel over 1 2/3 innings and LHP Taylor Lehman was ideal in removing a final 4 outs.
The dual hits authorised during TCU were a fewest authorised by a Lions given Mar. 29, 2015 opposite Central Connecticut State (two hits), and a fewest authorised on a highway given Apr. 5, 2014 during Purdue (one hit).