Asheboro, NC - Kenny Jackson hit two home runs in game one to back the shutout pitching of Nick Kozlowski and Brett Schreiber, and starter Dave Jesch struck out seven batters in seven innings in game two as Hofstra posted a sweep of Penn State Saturday afternoon at McCrary Park. Game scorers were 5-0 in game one and 5-2 in game two.
Hofstra evened its record at 3-3 with the sweep, while Penn State fell to 2-6 on the season.
In game one Hofstra got on the board in the fourth courtesy of a two-run homer from Jackson, the senior’s first of the year. Junior Brian MacDonald, who had singled, scored on the blast. In the sixth inning Jackson connected again for his second round-tripper of the game, once again scoring MacDonald who had singled to lead off the inning. The Pride would add a run in the ninth on a sacrifice fly from senior Dalton Rouleau that scored freshman James DeNomme.
The run support was more than enough for Kozlowski and Schreiber, who also combined on Hofstra’s last shutout – a 1-0 win over UNCW on May 17, 2013. Kozlowski scattered six hits over 5 1/3 innings with three strikeouts to even his record at 1-1. Schreiber pitched the final 3 2/3, allowing four hits with four strikeouts, to notch his second save in as many chances.
Penn State starter Greg Welsh took the loss, allowing seven hits and four earned runs in six innings. Steve Snyder had four hits in the game for the Nittany Lions.
The two home runs in a game were a career first for Jackson and the first two home run game for a Pride player since Kevin Brantley had two on April 30, 2013.
Jesch was staked to a three-run lead in the first inning in game two and the junior made it stand up as he allowed one run on four hits over seven innings to improve to 2-0 on the year.
Brantley started the first inning rally with a single and went to second when Rouleau reached on an error. Following a double steal, MacDonald delivered a run scoring single for a 1-0 lead. Rouleau then scored on a passed ball and MacDonald came in on a double off the bat of senior Matt Ford.
The Nittany Lions got on the board in the third as Snyder lifted a sacrifice fly that scored Zach Ell, who had singled to lead off the inning. Hofstra responded with runs in the fifth and eighth to extend to a 5-1 lead. Jackson drove in Rouleau with a double in the fifth and freshman John Taurinsky hit his first career home run in the eighth.
Penn State loaded the bases in the ninth off of senior Chris Harkey, but managed just one run on a RBI ground out from pinch hitter Colin Keefe.
T.J. Jann took the loss for Penn State, allowing four runs on six hits in six innings.
The teams conclude the three-game series Sunday at Noon.