Penn College falls in first USCAA Small College WS game

BUTLER?- Despite leading through the first four innings, Penn College lost 8-5 to No. 7 Lindenwood-Belleville Monday in the opening game of the United State Collegiate Athletic Association Small College World Series The Lynx pulled off a late-inning surge scoring the go-ahead runs in the fifth inning. The Wildcats fell to the loser’s bracket of the double-elimination tournament.

Penn College (22-16) scored four first-run innings as James Simasek and Rantz Mahaffey had two-run singles.

Lindenwood cut the lead in half scoring two off of Longsderff off of two extra-base hits in the bottom.

Zachary Weil hit an RBI single in the second to make it 5-2 Penn College. The Wildcats looked to add to the lead in the third but Mahaffey was out at home on a Jeremy Rall single.

With the game at 5-3 in the fourth, a costly error by Penn College allowed the Lynx to put together a small rally and score a run to bring it to within one. They used the momentum going into the fifth scoring three runs off of Longsderff, ending his day and taking the 7-5 lead. Sophomore Matthew Demilio came in relief getting out the next two batters ending the threat.

Longsderff finished pitching 4 1/3, with two strikeouts, six earned runs and nine hits.

Lindenwood-Belleville (24-20) scored one more run in the sixth ending its tally for the game. The Wildcatsput the tying runs on base in both the sixth and seventh but did not score.

Penn College410 000 0 – 5 13 2

Lindenwood-Belleville201 131 X – 8 11 1

Joshuah Longsderff, Matthew DeMiilio (5) and Zachard Weil. Joseph Phelp and Tyler Ford. W – Phelp. L – Longsderff

Top PC hitters: Zachary Buterbaugh 2-3 2 runs; Jeremy Rall 3-4, Zachary Weil 2-4, James Simasek 2 RBI; Rantz Mahaffey 2-4. Top LB hitters: Kyle Forsyth 3-4 4 runs; Trey Meier 4-4, 2 runs, 3RBI; Dylan Skinne 2-4, 2 RBI

Next: Penn College vs. Southern Virginia?today, 8:30 a.m.