Penn State Baseball Hosts Maryland Over the Weekend

ChristianHelselPSU
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State and Maryland will meet on the baseball diamond for the first time as Big Ten members when they open a three-game series Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

(Photo courtesy of Penn State Athletics)

The series will continue Saturday at 3 p.m. live on BTN before concluding Sunday at 1 p.m.

PROMOTIONS/THEMES

Friday, April 29 – 6:30 p.m.

Student Buffet Night
For just $5, students can purchase a game ticket and access to an all-you-can-eat buffet in the picnic area in right field.

Military Appreciation Night
An individual with a military ID can receive up to four free tickets with the option to purchase additional tickets at the group rate ($3).
ROTC Choir will perform the National Anthem
Nittany Lions will wear special camo-style jerseys

Saturday, April 30 – 3 p.m.

THON Sluggers Day
THON Four Diamonds children and families in attendance
Post-game home run derby in outfield – sign up in the HUB Tuesday and Wednesday!
All Little Leaguers in uniform get in free!

Alumni Night
Recognition of the 1996 Big Ten Championship team

Sunday, May 1 – 1 p.m.

Survivor/Mother’s Day Celebration
Cancer survivors can receive four free tickets with the option to purchase additional tickets at the group rate ($2).
Attempt to break the Guinness World Record for largest first pitch.
Vs. Cancer Day postgame head shaving – Many Nittany Lions will have their heads shaved.
Ice Cream Sunday for the first 100 kids! Kids 12 and under will receive a scoop of ice cream in a Penn State helmet cup.

Essentials

Live Video: BTN2Go.com (Saturday only)

Live Audio: GoPSUsports.com

Live Stats: GoPSUsports.com

TV: BTN (Saturday only)

Radio: ESPN Radio 1450 AM (Brian Tripp/Ryan Stevens)

Series History: 14-10 (1919)

Last Meeting: L, 3-7 (5) at Maryland (5/9/12)

Streak: L1

Friday Probables

PSU LHP Taylor Lehman (1-7, 4.50 ERA)

MD RHP Mike Shawaryn (3-3, 3.60 ERA)

Saturday Probables

PSU RHP Sal Biasi (4-4. 4.05 ERA)

MD RHP Taylor Bloom (5-2, 2.10 ERA)

Sunday Probables

PSU RHP Justin Hagenman (6-1, 2.81 ERA)

MD RHP Brian Shaffer (4-3, 2.94 ERA)

GAME NOTES

At 24-18, Penn State owns its best record through 42 games since 2011. Penn State’s 24 wins are its most since winning 29 in 2012. Penn State was just 14-26 overall and 2-12 in Big Ten games with three conference series remaining last season. The Nittany Lions are 19-8 in their last 27 games.

Penn State and Maryland will be meeting for just the 25th time. It will be the first Big Ten conference match-up. Maryland played its first Big Ten season last year but did not face Penn State.

Both Penn State and Maryland are looking to secure Big Ten tournament berths. The Nittany Lions enter the weekend with a 9-6 league mark to rank fifth with nine games remaining, while Maryland is 7-5 tied for sixth with 12 games remaining. The top eight in the 13-team league qualify for the tournament, which will be held May 25-29 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.

Penn State is 13-4 in the friendly confines of Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. The Lions have already matched their 2015 total for home wins and are on pace for their winningest season in their 10-year history at the ballpark. After a loss in the home opener, the Lions rewarded the home crowd with 10-straight victories for its longest streak ever in Medlar. With nine home games remaining on the schedule, the Lions need one more victory to secure their seventh winning season in the park’s history.

Jack Anderson lowered his earned run average to 0.65 in his last outing Sunday, moving into the lead nationally until he did not appear inWednesday’s game. As a reliever, Anderson will need to continue his heavy workload, as he must pitch at least one inning per team game played to maintain the ranking. Anderson presently has 41 1/3 innings pitched in 42 games. He also leads the Big Ten and ranks eighth nationally with a career-high 10 saves. His next save will break the Penn State career record and tie the school’s single-season record.


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