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Betts records two hits

Marshall Betts  2013 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Marshall Betts 2013 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Penn State-Harrsiburg put together a five-run second inning en route to an 8-1 victory over McDaniel in non-conference baseball action on Thursday.

Marshall Betts (Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur) led the Green Terror (10-7) with two hits.

Travis Crammer and Brian Balshy had three hits each for the Lions (7-8), who finished the game with a 16-8 advantage in the hit column.

Colton Houseal lead off the top of the third inning with an infield single before an error on the ensuing sacrifice attempt put runners at first and second.

Balshy poked a ball through the left side to plate Houseal for a 1-0 lead.

Cody Henry reached on a bunt single to load the bases for Clay Thraser, whose line-drive single into center field got by the defense to allow all three runners to score for a 4-0 advantage.

A Ross Baker single up the middle, fielder's choice and John Cataldo single to right field stretched the lead to 5-0.

Jack Dowd (Friendship, Md./Bishop McNamara) came out of the bullpen and needed just one pitch to induce a double play and get out of the inning.

A dropped third strike and throwing error coupled with a Branden Rutt single and fielding error stretched the lead to 6-0 in the fourth.

Rutt led off the sixth with a single before taking second on a wild pitch and scoring on a Thraser single to push the advantage to 7-0 in the sixth.

A one-out Joe Fiore (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Beach), walk to Brandon Hayward (Salisbury, Md./J.M. Bennett) and Chad Nazelrod (Manchester, Md./Manchester Valley) infield single gave McDaniel its only run of the game in the bottom of the seventh.

Crammer reached on a one-out double in the ninth before scoring on a Balshy two-out single to set the final margin.

McDaniel opens the Centennial Conference schedule at home against Franklin & Marshall on Saturday. The first game of the doubleheader begins at 12:30 p.m.

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