Boland's Baseball Notebook

What's new with the Penn State baseball team? Pat Boland, radio play-by-play voice of the Nittany Lions, gets FOS up to speed.

What's Next: Penn State (14-9, 2-2 Big Ten) travels to Northwestern (12-9, Big Ten 3-1) for a four game series this weekend. The Nittany Lions blanked Purdue (13-0) and Pitt (9-0) in the past two games.

Hot Plate: First baseman Scott Gummo is hotter than a party at the Playboy Mansion. He is hitting .640 (14/25, 11 RBI, and two HR) over the past seven games. Outfielder Lance Thompson is hitting .429 (9/21) over the past seven games. Second baseman Jim Leitgeb is making a push for the starting spot after going 5/10 in the past three games.

Cold Dish: Outfielder/Designated Hitter Matt Lewis is hitting .200 (4/20) in his last five games. Freshman infielder Scott Gaffney is getting accustomed to college pitching, and he is hitting .222 (4/18) over the past week.

Twin Trouble: Identical twins Sean and Alan Stidfole are becoming dominant starting pitchers. Sean was won his past two starts. He has thrown 14 innings while giving up 12 runs, four earned runs, three walks, and nine strikeouts. Alan is even better. He has not given up a run in the past 21 innings. He has 26 strikeouts and three walks during that period.

Chill on the Hill: Number four starter Josh Palm has struggled in his last two starts. He has thrown five innings, while giving up 16 hits and 10 runs. Palm will get another start against Northwestern, but he could get bumped from the rotation if he doesn't perform well against the Wildcats. Lefty Steve Cline threw a five-hit shutout against Pitt, and he could take Palm's spot.

From the Wine Cellar: Under first-year coach Robbie Wine, the Nittany Lions are off to their best start since the 2000 season when the club made the NCAA Tournament. … More than 3,500 fans turned out for the first Keystone Classic with Pitt at Blair County Ballpark. Officials from the Altoona Curve and Penn State were thrilled with the event. … The Nittany Lions had to get a new set of white uniforms, after their first set was horribly discolored by the laundry crew at the Fresno State tournament. … First baseman/pitcher Clint Eury will be limited to mound duty for the next month while he recovers from a broken right hand. … Northwestern has one of the top pitching coaches in the country. Former big leaguer Tim Stoddard always does a tremendous job with the Wildcat staff. Stoddard played on the 1974 NCAA basketball championship team at N.C. State and the 1983 World Series championship team with the Baltimore Orioles.

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