Valley Sports Report
BRADENTON, Fla. - Tioga grad Parker Hendershot, a sophomore on the Penn State baseball team, had four hits, including his first two extra-base hits of the season, in the Nittany Lions' final two games of a three-game set against nationally-ranked Duke here over the weekend.
It was a rough start to the weekend for Penn State as Duke ace Graeme Stinson pitched five innings of no-hit ball, with five strikeouts and two walks in a 14-0 Blue Devil win. Jack Carey finished off the no-hitter for Duke, striking out five in three innings of work. (Duke is ranked 21st in the nation.)
On Saturday, Hendershot singled twice in four at-bats, scored two runs, and drove in one run in Penn State's 8-7 win. He singled in the game's first run in the home half of the first inning, and scored the game-tying run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
On Sunday, Hendershot ripped an RBI triple to give Penn State a 2-0 lead, and Penn State starter Eric Mock threw six shutout innings. However, the Nittany Lion bullpen yielded nine runs in two innings as the Blue Devils rallied for a 9-2 win. Hendershot also doubled in the loss.
On the season, Hendershot, who played first base in all three games against Duke, is hitting .306 (11 hits in 36 ABs) with five RBI, four runs scored, and one stolen base.
Maine-Endwell grad Kyle Gallagher started all three games in left field for Duke. He had 3 hits in 11 at-bats in the series, with a double, solo home run, three runs scored, and two RBI.
Penn State, now 7-2, returns to action this weekend at Central Florida.
IN PHOTO: Parker Hendershot.
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