PITTSBURG — In the second elimination game of the National College Baseball Association Division II World Series, Windsor defeated Penn State 8-5 Saturday and advanced to the third day of the tournament at Jaycee Ballpark.
Coming off a loss in round one, Windsor managed to bounce back and keep its championship hopes alive with a win after jumping out to an early lead on the Nittany Lions, hanging on to win by three.
“I thought they did pretty well,” Lancer head coach Frank Jeney said. “We made a couple errors, and our bats started off [well] and then cooled down, but they persevered and finished it the way they needed to.”
The Lancers wasted no time, jumping out to a five-run lead in the first inning on three hits and three walks.
Penn State answered with two of its own in the bottom half of the inning and later tied the score in the fourth, after crossing the plate twice in the third and once in the fourth thanks to an RBI single by Ryan DeJesso.
However, Windsor regained the lead in the fifth with a pair of runs, scoring on a ground out and an RBI single by Cole Hillier.
A move to pinch hitter Ty Yazujian resulted in a single for Penn State in the sixth inning, but it went as an opportunity wasted, as Windsor held Penn State scoreless in the final two innings.
Hillier was the leader offensively for the Lancers, going 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a walk.
Beau Hunter also had a good game, with one hit, two RBIs, two runs scored and a walk.
“The offense came out explosive,” Jeney said. “We settled down a little too much in our opinion, but then they came back and finished the deal.”
Brendan Warnock earned the win on the bump, after going 5.2 innings and giving up two runs on three hits, with two strikeouts.
“The pitching was phenomenal,” Jeney said. “A little bump at the start, but that just frees them up for the next four games. Warnock came in for relief and just dealt excellent.”
Jordan Buckamneer is a sports reporter of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on twitter @jbuckamneer.