Chucks lose at State College, drop to 6-6

STATE COLLEGE โ€” State College scored five runs in the first inning, and the Punxsy baseball team's record dropped to 6-6 following a 10-4 defeat Monday in State College.

The Chucks โ€” who scored eight runs in their final at-bat to beat the Little Lions, 12-11, April 7 in Punxsutawney โ€” were unable to rally for the victory Monday. They cut the lead to 5-2 and 7-4 Monday, but never crept any closer.

"We spotted them five in the first, and we never were able to scratch back," Punxsy manager Mike Dickey said. "We just were sloppy to start and gave them five outs in the first inning. We kind of settled down after that, but situational hitting was once again an issue."

Punxsy tallied nine hits, including three by Brodi Lowmaster and two by Luke Janocha. Lowmaster doubled once and singled twice, and Janocha ripped an RBI triple and scored two times.

Tyler Skerkavich hit an inside-the-park solo home run, since State College's field does not have an outfield fence. Joe Pisano singled and scored, and both Zak Dickey and Taylor Neal singled.

For much of the season, Punxsy's top four hitters have carried the team. Monday, the Chucks' top four finished 2-for-16.

Neal took the loss. He pitched four innings in the start and allowed seven runs (five earned) on 10 hits.

Dane Baker pitched a scoreless fifth inning that came to an end with a double play, and Lowmaster surrendered three runs in the sixth.

"We pitched from behind in the count a lot," manager Dickey said. "It wasn't a good outing for anybody involved."

Punxsy, which is 2-6 since a 4-0 start, will travel to DuBois for a 4:15 p.m. start Tuesday.

"We're still looking to put that one full game together, and we haven't done it yet," Dickey said. "That's a little concerning. With three more games left this week, we have to forgot about this one and start fresh Wednesday. DuBois is going to be gunning for us after we beat them last time."

The Chucks will then host DuBois Central Catholic at 4:15 p.m. Thursday and visit Smethport at noon Saturday.

"We didn't do a whole lot well today. We have to get better," Dickey said. "We have to realize that the playoffs are coming up pretty quick and try to get better while we still have opportunities."