Mixed results for Penn College baseball, softball

Pennsylvania College of Technology baseball and softball teams opened their Penn State University Athletic Conference seasons with mixed results last week as the baseball team won both of its games and the softball squad dropped two. Also, men’s soccer coach Enrique Castillo announced his retirement.


In a non-conference game originally scheduled for Tuesday that was postponed to Wednesday and moved to Wilkes-Barre because field conditions in Williamsport were too wet, the Wildcats dropped a 7-5 decision to NCAA Division III Wilkes University. Cody Buterbaugh went 2-for-4 at the plate, including a triple, with finished with three runs batted in.

Penn College rebounded as PSUAC play began on Thursday with a 10-3, 2-0 doubleheader sweep at Penn State Mont Alto. In the opener, Zach Yetter was the winning pitcher. Travis Hendershot drove in two runs in a four-run third inning and Cody Buterbaugh had a two-run single in the seventh. In the nightcap, Josh Longsderff threw a four-hit shutout while Cody Buterbaugh had three hits and two RBI as the Wildcats went to 5-6 overall and 2-0 in the conference.


Stepping up Tuesday against NCAA Division III cross-town rival Lycoming College, Penn College fell by scores of 12-0 and 22-2, both in five-inning games. The Wildcats were no-hit in the opener, but managed five hits in the second game, including a bases-loaded RBI single by Stephanie Koleno in the third inning.

In its PSUAC opener Thursday at Elm Park, Penn College committed nine errors, which resulted in nine unearned runs, and fell by scores of 13-4 and 9-4 to drop to 2-10 overall and 0-2 in the conference. During the twinbill, Katie Kratzer went 4-for-7 with a run scored.


“Enrique has done a lot for Penn College soccer,” Director of Athletics Scott Kennell said of Castillo, who was at the helm for seven seasons. “He has achieved so much with the program with conference championships and national tournament berths. He has left his mark on the program and will truly be missed.”

Since 2006, Castillo led the program to six PSUAC championships, one second, and four United State Collegiate Athletic Association tournament berths.

Under his guidance, his teams have combined for an impressive 102-24-6 (.795) overall record. In addition, he was a three-time PSUAC Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year and led the team to four undefeated seasons in conference play.



Overall record: 5-6

PSUAC record: 2-0

Wednesday, March 27 at Wilkes University, L, 7-5

Thursday, March 28 at PSU Mont Alto, W, 10-3; W, 2-0

Tuesday, April 2 at PSU York (2), 2 p.m.

Thursday, April 4 at PSU Greater Allegheny (2), 1 p.m.

Saturday, April 6 at PSU Fayette (2), 2 p.m.

Sunday, April 7 at PSU Beaver (2), noon

Wednesday, April 10 at PSU Hazleton (2), 2 p.m.


Overall record: 2-10

PSUAC record: 0-2

Tuesday, March 26 at Lycoming College, L, 12-0, 22-2

Thursday, March 28 host PSU Mont Alto, L, 13-4; L, 9-4

Tuesday, April 2 host PSU New Kensington at Elm Park (2), 2 p.m.

Wednesday, April 3 host Elmira, N.Y., College, at Elm Park (2), 2 p.m.

Thursday, April 4 at PSU Greater Allegheny (2), 2 p.m.

Saturday, April 6 at PSU Fayette (2), 2 p.m.

Sunday, April 7 at PSU Beaver (2), noon

Wednesday, April 10 at PSU Hazleton (2), 2 p.m.