By Frank Maira, Special to Franklin County Free Press
MONT ALTO, Pa. – The Penn State Mont Alto baseball team returned to action on Thursday afternoon in a non-conference matchup with Gettysburg College.
The Bullets scored a pair of runs in the third inning and they ended up scoring one or more runs in each of the following innings for the 10-2 win.
PSUMA drops to 9-11 overall and will have a quick turnaround returning to PSUAC action tomorrow afternoon.
Mont Alto scored its first run of the game, which made it 7-1 when AJ Millar (Harrisburg, Pa. / Central Dauphin) rocketed a double to center field that plated Hunter Martin (Hagerstown, Md. / North Hagerstown) in the bottom of the sixth inning. The other PSUMA run scored in the eighth inning when Chayse Fisher (Mercersburg, Pa. / James Buchanan)drove in his 17th RBI of the season on a single in which Martin scored on from second base.
PSUMA totaled seven hits as a team with Millar’s double being the only extra-base hit of the contest for his side.
Gettysburg collected 13 hits as Shane Manieri and shortstop Sinjin Smith each homered for the Bullets.
On the mound, Martin was credited with taking the loss as he gave up three earned runs on four hits in five innings of work. Nick Jacoby (Shippensburg, Pa. / Shippensburg), Chayse Fisher (Mercersburg, Pa. / James Buchanan), and Chance McClure(Chambersburg, Pa. / Chambersburg Area) each saw time on the mound in relief.
Gettysburg starter Nathan Masteralexis tossed seven innings, striking out five and walking just two while giving up a run. The Nittany Lions defense turned a nifty double play within the sixth inning to get out of a jam.
Up next, Penn State Mont Alto takes on PSU New Kensington Friday at 2 p.m.
FRANK MAIRA is Assistant Director of Athletics/SID at Penn State Mont Alto