The Lock Haven University baseball team rallied from a seven run deficit to defeat Pitt-Johnstown, 9-8, on Tuesday in non-conference action at Foundation Field.
UPJ broke a scoreless tie with a six run top of the third inning which included RBI singles from Dillon Boyer and Jake Stern. Also in the third, Sean Sleigh hit a three-run homerun to add to the six run third.
Lock Haven (10-19, 8-12 PSAC) got on the board in the bottom of the third on a sacrifice fly by Tyson Petersheim, making the score 6-1.
In the top of the fourth, Sleigh followed up his homerun in the third with a two-run homerun in the fourth to put UPJ up 8-1. Sleigh drove in five runs on the afternoon.
The Bald Eagles began to chip away at the seven run deficit in the bottom of the fourth, started off by a Ryan Koch with a RBI single with the bases loaded. Brett Morrison followed up Koch’s single with an RBI groundout scoring Austin Botts, making the score 8-3 after four.
Trailing by five going into the bottom of the sixth, Lock Haven began their six-run sixth inning as Morrison singled again, scoring Botts with the bases loaded. Jamie Eshleman followed up Morrison’s single with a bases loaded walk, cutting the lead to three.
Lock Haven cut the lead to two in the next at bat as Koch scored on a wild pitch.
After a walk to Petersheim to load the bases, Pierce Rank hit a two-run single to left, scoring Morrison and Eshleman to tie the game at eight.
Ryan Henritzy had a single of his own to left field, scoring Petersheim, to complete the comeback, as Lock Haven took a 9-8 lead.
Karlston VonKeil threw three innings of scoreless relief for Lock Haven, giving up two hits and striking out three, to pick up the win. VonKeil is 2-0 on the season.
Jacob Belinda threw a scoreless inning himself, giving way to Nick Hornbaker who picked up his first save of the season.
Lock Haven will host a doubleheader against Mansfield on Friday at Foundation Field, beginning at 1p.m.