Penn State Baseball travels to East Lansing for the first Pod Weekend series
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State baseball team (6-11, 6-11) travels to Michigan State for the first pod weekend of the season. The Nittany Lions will play against both Michigan State and Purdue over the pod weekend.
Penn State opens the weekend with two games against Michigan State and two games against Purdue
The Nittany Lions won a series victory against Rutgers last weekend.
Play MSU in the first two games and Purdue in the last two games.
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Penn State – Bailey Dees (2-1)
Michigan State – Mason Eria (2-2)
Penn State – Conor Larkin (1-3)
Michigan State – Adam Berghorst (1-1)
Penn State – Kyle Virbitsky (0-2)
Purdue – TBD
Penn State – TBD
Purdue – TBD
Last time against MSU / Purdue
The Nittany Lion last played Purdue and fell twice to the Boilermakers in 2019. The Nittany Lions were in this series, falling 1-0 in the first game and 2-1 in the second game in 10 innings. The last game in this three-game series has been canceled.
In the final series against Michigan State in 2018, the Nittany Lions won the series by winning two of the three games. The Nittany Lions won the first game 13-1 and the second 6-1.
Diamond lions on the bump
Bailey Dees starts as the Nittany Lions ace for the fourth time this season on Friday. Dees is currently 2-1 with a 5.13 ERA. Dees has hit 27 in 26.1 innings this season. Dees threw six goalless innings in Penn State’s 1-0 win in the series’ first game against Rutgers last weekend.
Conor Larkin will show the rubber for the Nittany Lions in the second game of the weekend against Michigan State. Larkin was goalless six times in his last game, allowing only three hits and hitting seven. Larkin leads the team with 37 strikers this season.
Kyle Virbitsky made his career outing in his start against Rutgers last weekend. Virbitsky will throw in the second game and first game against Purdue on Saturday. Virbitsky started the eighth inning of the series finale against Rutgers. Virbitsky dispersed seven hits, allowed three runs, and hit six.
The final starter of the weekend is TBA for Penn State.
Penn State Hitters
Third baseman Justin Williams has been the Nittany Lions’ hottest batsman for the last ten games. Williams hit a .359 clip during this time with four doubles, three home runs and six RBI. Williams is the Nittany Lions’ leading batsman based on an average of the first 17 games of the season. Williams beats a total of .311 in 2021.
Freshman outfielder Tayven Kelley has inserted himself into the starting line-up in the last 10 games via the Nittany Lions. Kelley hits with five doubles and six RBI .303. The five doubles are the most on the team at this time.
Penn State has found its power stroke in the past five games, hitting five home runs and hitting eleven doubles.
Senior second baseman Gavin Homer beats .297 for Penn State with a .375 OBP this season. Homer’s six stolen bases rank fourth in the Big Ten.