WICHITA, Kan. - Penn State evened the weekend series against Wichita State with a 4-2 win Saturday at Eck Stadium.
Tyler Grimes led the Shockers with two hits and Preston Springer ended Penn State's shutout in the bottom of the eighth inning when his single through the right side scored Josh Halbert.
Penn State pitcher Steven Hill (2-1) pitched 7.1 innings, allowing three hits, one run and striking out six to pick up the win.
Shocker pitcher Josh Smith (3-1) was credited with the loss. He pitched 5.2 innings allowed nine hits and struck out two batters.
The No. 26 Shockers fell to 13-5 overall. Penn State improved to 11-6.
Penn State grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the second inning.
Ryan Clark singled to left field, advancing Bobby Jacobs to second base and scoring Joey DeBernardis with one out.
Michael Glantz followed with a double to left center. Clark advanced to third, then was tagged out at home by Shocker catcher Chris O'Brien. Jacobs scored on the play for the Nittany Lions.
The Nittany Lions added two more runs in the top of the eighth inning.
Jordan Steranka tripled to right field and scored on a throwing error by Shocker second baseman Walker Davidson. Luis Montesinos, who walked earlier in the inning, also scored.
The Shockers' second run came in the bottom of the ninth inning. Don Lambert doubled to left field to score Micah Green, cutting Penn State's lead to two runs.
A rain delay Saturday afternoon pushed the start time of the game from 2 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
The Shockers had opened the series with a 9-0 win Friday. The three-game series concludes with a 1 p.m. game Sunday at Eck Stadium.
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