The Wright State baseball team saw a 3-0 lead slip away late, but recovered with four runs in the 11th to defeat Penn State 7-4 in the series opener Friday night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
WSU starter Casey Henn and PSU starter T.J. Jann hooked up in a scoreless pitcher's duel over the first five innings before the Raiders finally broke through with a run in the sixth. Kieston Greene led off with a double down the left field line, went to third on a Mark Fowler bunt and scored as Garrett Gray singled to center.
Wright State then made it 3-0 with two more in the eighth. With one out, hits by Justin Kopale, Greene and Joe Ford loaded the bases with Gray driving in Kopale with a sacrifice fly to center. Greene later scored on a passed ball.
Henn pitched seven shutout innings, giving up just four hits while striking out five.
The Nittany Lions, however, tied it with three of their own in the bottom of the eighth, taking advantage of three walks and an error. Penn State then threatened to win it with a leadoff double in the ninth, but a double play sent the game into extra innings.
It stayed that way until the decisive 11th. The inning started with walks to Kody Krizman and Jeff Limbaugh, but it looked to be another scoreless frame as the next two batters were retired.
Cody Gardner, though, kept the rally alive with an infield hit and Kopale followed with a two-run single up the middle. Greene made it 6-3 with a single off the pitcher to drive in Gardner and Kopale later scored as he and Greene pulled off a successful double steal.
Penn State scored a run in the bottom of the 11th, but Taylor Braun retired all three batters he faced to earn his first save of the season. Trevor Swaney (2-0) picked up the win in relief as he allowed just one run in three innings.
It is the first win for WSU over a Big Ten team since a 6-4 win over #22 Ohio State in Columbus on April 4, 2001.
Offensively, Greene had four hits to pace the Raider offense while Michael Timm, Gardner and Kopale each had two. Gray and Kopale both drove in two.
Wright State (11-15) continues the series with Penn State Saturday with a 2:00 contest.