Boland's Baseball Notebook

Pat Boland of State College’s ESPN Radio 1450 is the play-by-play voice for the Penn State baseball team. He also offers occasional updates on the program for

Into the Hen House: The Nittany Lions are 4-6 after going 3-3 during the spring break road trip to Fresno. The Nits will play a three-game series in Delaware this weekend. Two games will be played on Saturday (starting at noon) and one on Sunday (1 p.m.). The Blue Hens are 7-8. They have lost five games by one run.

Hot Plate: Sophomore outfielder Matt Lewis is on fire. He is hitting .474 (18/38) and has a .711 slugging percentage. Designated hitter Joe Blackburn leads the club with three home runs and 10 RBI. Third baseman Scott Gummo went 6/20 on the Fresno trip after starting the season 0/15.

Cold Dish: Catchers James Spinelli and Aaron Greenfield are 5/22. An arm injury has forced Joe Blackburn to the DH spot, so Spinelli and Greenfield are getting more playing time but they have not been very productive. Senior first baseman Clint Eury is 5/30 with two RBI.

Flame Throwers: Sophomore Craig Clark has emerged as the Nittany Lions’ most effective starting pitcher. The lefty has yet to record a decision but he has a 1.69 ERA over 16 innings. Clark has struck out 19 batters while surrendering eight walks. Closer Josh Palm has saved three games in five appearances.

Chill on the Hill: The Nittany Lion bullpen has been a big problem. Penn State relievers performed poorly in Fresno. They pitched 15 innings giving up 23 hits, 14 runs and 11 walks. The bullpen has had problems in the eighth inning. It gave up 12 runs in the eighth inning while in California.

From the Wine Cellar: New coach Robbie Wine is stilling trying to create a stable lineup. Position battles are underway at catcher, second base and centerfield. ... The Delaware Blue Hens have traditionally given the Nittany Lions problems. The Hens play hard and they have a history of reaching the NCAA tournament. ... PSU fans can meet the 2005 Nittany Lions on Tuesday night at 7:00 at a social at the Ramada Inn in State College. Admission is free and refreshments will be available. ... All three games in Delaware will be broadcast on State College's ESPN Radio 1450 and


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