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Penn State Baseball Turns Two Triple Plays In One Game

by and on May 17, 2014 8:15 AM

Yes, you read that headline correctly.

In the first game of a season-ending doubleheader against Michigan State on Friday, the Nittany Lions converted two triplet-killings, becoming the second team in NCAA history to do so, according to the team’s Twitter account.



Triple Play No. 1 came in the fourth inning, when Spartan designated hitter Blaise Salter hit a liner to shortshop Jim Haley, who stepped on second and threw to first. Coincidentally, that was the team’s second triple play of the year, which tied it for the NCAA lead with West Virginia.

Of course, the Lions weren’t done. In the eighth, they killed three birds with one ball again on a Jimmy Pickens liner to second baseman Taylor Skerpon in the same situation. The Lions are now tops in triple plays in the whole NCAA.

See for yourself:

If you’re not baseball-inclined, this feat is simply incredible. The only other team to ever do this was Gonzaga in 2006, and frankly, I’m pretty shocked this has ever happened before. At the Major League level, this has only happened once, when the Minnesota Twins did it to the Boston Red Sox in 1990. Of these three instances, ironically, only Gonzaga could manage a victory out of it — Penn State lost, 4-2.

This post was originally published by the staff at Onward State. Follow Onward State on Twitter @OnwardState.

Gilbert is the Managing Editor of Onward State.
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