PITTSBURG — Concluding day one at the National Club Baseball Association DII World Series, Saint Louis defeated Penn State 11-6 to advance to round two in the final game of the day on Friday at Jaycee Ballpark.
Saint Louis was nursing a one-run lead in the first three innings, but came through late to score 10 combined runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to win by five.
Billikens head coach Christian Biondi said that their starting pitcher Collin Burnham was the difference in the win.
“He’s unbelievable and he has been all year,” he said. “He does well shutting stuff down and we played good defense behind him.”
After a slow start to the game, Saint Louis took the initial lead of the game in the second inning, scoring one run They struck for four in the fourth inning and two more in the fifth before Penn State cut the deficit to five runs, after scoring a pair of their own in the bottom half of the inning.
Saint Louis answered with four more runs in the following inning and held the Nittany Lions to two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings to win the game.
Connor Glogowski was the offensive leader for the Billikens, going 4 for 4 with four RBIs and two runs scored.
The win went to Burnham on the mound, who went 5.2 innings while giving up four runs and seven strikeouts.
Jordan Buckamneer is a sports reporter of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at email@example.com and follow him on twitter @jbuckamneer.