Penn State baseball playing in its first Big Ten tournament game since 2012 was exciting.
Winning it was thrilling.
No. 6 Penn State beat No. 3 Iowa, 5-2, in Omaha Thursday, behind a three-run homer by Matt Wood and 5.2 innings of one-run, eight-strikeout ball by pitcher Tyler Shingledecker.
Penn State drew first blood in the top of the third when Anthony Steele singled home two to give Penn State an early lead. Iowa answered in the bottom half when Kyle Huckstorf drove home Ben Wilmes with a sacrifice fly that tied the game at one.
Matt Wood!!! He launches a three-run shot over the wall in right! Absolutely crushed!
— Penn State Baseball (@PennStateBASE) May 26, 2022
Penn State retook the lead in the top of the sixth on Wood’s home run, his 12th of the year. It was a three-run shot that made it 5-1. Iowa got one back in the bottom of the sixth, but it wasn’t enough.
Penn State will now take on the winner of seventh-seeded Purdue and second-seeded Rutgers.