PC baseball moves up to 3rd in USCAA rankings
The Pennsylvania College of Technology baseball and softball teams continued their seasons while the men’s tennis team won both of its matches as its season neared a finish.
The Wildcats continued their winning ways starting off the week on Sunday with a doubleheader sweep of PSU Mont Alto, by scores of 9-2 and 10-9. In the first game, Nicholas Pupo tossed a four-hitter, striking out 10, while Zach Weil went 2 for 3 at the plate with two runs scored and Cole Weachock went 2 for 2 with one run scored and an RBI double. Penn College used a Mont Alto walk, hit batter and throwing error to rally with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning and win the second game. Leading Wildcat hitters were Jeremy Rall who was 3 for 5 with two doubles and three runs scored; Cody Buterbaugh who was 3 for 4 with a double and two runs scored; Josh Longsderff who was 1 for 2 with a run and three RBI; and Weachock, who had three RBIs.
On Wednesday the Wildcats were awarded two PSUAC forfeit wins from PSU Fayette.
Playing at PSU Beaver on Friday, Penn College saw its 12-game Penn State University Athletic Conference winning streak snapped in the first game, 9-8, but bounced back to win the second, 2-1, to improve to 13-3 in the conference and 19-8 overall. Weil, Cody Buterbaugh and Evan Vigna each had two hits for Penn College in the opener, and Rall drove in two runs. In the second game, Longsderff got the win with run support from Tanner Kibe and Weil, the latter of whom went 2 for 3 at the plate.
Also, it was announced that Longsderff had been named the PSUAC Pitcher of the Week for the period ending April 13, picking up two of his team’s six wins during the week including a complete game shutout against PSU York. Going into Friday’s game, Longsderff led the Wildcats and the PSUAC with five wins and had an era of 2.59 with 29 strikeouts and just seven earned runs in 24.1 innings.
In the Week 3 USCAA Coaches Poll, Penn College moved up two spots and was tied for third with St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn.
Going up against conference unbeaten PSU Mont Alto on Sunday, Penn College couldn’t find the offense it needed, managing just two hits in each game, and wound up losing by scores of 1-0 and 2-0. In the opener, Brianna Brewer allowed five hits in seven innings, striking out 11, but gave up two singles and a walk in the sixth inning that led to Mont Alto’s lone run. In the second game, Arika Stopper also allowed five hits in seven innings, but two hits in the sixth inning led to both of Mont Alto’s runs that made the difference. Macie Lucas had a hit in each game for Penn College.
On Friday, the Wildcats dropped two games at Elmira College by scores of 2-0 and 8-0 and managed just three hits while striking out 19 times.
Right back in action on Saturday, Penn College split at PSU Greater Allegheny, winning 5-3 and losing 8-7 to go to 2-4 in the conference and 6-12 overall. Stopper fanned eight and picked up the win. She was backed offensively by Alexandra Brennan who had two hits and drove in three runs. Brennan’s hot bat continued in the second game with three more hits and two RBIs, but Allegheny pulled out the win with a single run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Penn College dropped four spots and was ranked No. 14 in the third USCAA Coaches Poll.
Penn College scored a clean, 9-0, sweep of PSU Hazleton on both Monday and Thursday. Winning both their singles and doubles matches for the Wildcats were Nathan Scott, Jordan Rodgers, Chris Morrin, James Jeffries, Noah Stahl and Taylor Herb. Penn College now is 2-1 in the PSUAC and 4-5 overall with one match remaining.
It was announced during the week that the college has partnered with Lids Team Sports to have Nike become the official provider of uniforms, footwear and equipment for its intercollegiate athletic teams. The three-year agreement will begin July 1 with the department procuring the Nike products exclusively from Lids.
“We are extremely excited to announce this partnership,” Athletic Director Scott Kennell said. “By doing this we are linking our department to one of the top international athletic brands. This will only augment our athletic strategic plan to elevate the identity of our strong athletic tradition.”
“This partnership will allow Penn College student-athletes and coaches a competitive advantage in both recruiting and on the field of play,” Lids Team Sales representative Perry VonAhnen said. “This agreement gives so many more schools the opportunity to outfit their programs in Nike but actually do it affordably now. The relationship I have with Athletic Director Scott Kennell has been good over the last several years, but I feel this agreement will bring everyone closer together. It is a great opportunity for all of us to utilize the Nike brand.”
Nike is a worldwide leader in athletic apparel and equipment used by all levels of athletics including high school, collegiate and professional teams. Lids Team Sports, a leading provider of athletic equipment and apparel, has been providing the best in high-quality sporting goods for more than 30 years.
Penn College sponsors 14 intercollegiate sports with over 175 student-athletes.
Overall record: 19-8
PSUAC record: 13-3
Sunday, April 13 – host PSU Mont Alto (2), W, 9-2; W, 10-9
Tuesday, April 15 – host Wilkes University at Bowman Field, canceled
Wednesday, April 16 – vs. PSU Fayette, W, 7-0; W, 7-0 (both forfeits)
Thursday, April 17 – at PSU Beaver (2), ppd. to April 18
Friday, April 18 – at PSU Beaver (2), L, 9-8; W, 2-1
Wednesday, April 23 – host PSU Schuylkill at Bowman Field (2), 2 p.m.
Saturday, April 26 – at PSU Brandywine (2), noon
Thursday-Saturday, May 1-3 – PSUAC championships at PSU Mont Alto
Overall record: 6-12
PSUAC record: 2-4
Sunday, April 13 – host PSU Mont Alto at Elm Park (2), L, 1-0; L, 2-0
Tuesday, April 15 – at PSU Scranton (2), ppd. to April 25
Thursday, April 17 – at PSU Beaver (2), ppd. to April 30
Friday, April 18 – at Elmira, N.Y., College (2), L, 2-0; L, 8-0
Saturday, April 19 – at PSU Greater Allegheny (2), W, 5-3; L, 8-7
Tuesday, April 22 – host PSU New Kensington (2), 2 p.m.
Wednesday, April 23 – host PSU Schuylkill at Elm Park (2), 2 p.m.
Friday, April 25 – at PSU Scranton (2), 2 p.m.
Saturday, April 26 – at PSU Brandywine (2), noon
Sunday, April 27 – host PSU Fayette at Elm Park (2), noon
Wednesday, April 30 – at PSU Beaver (2), 4 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, May 2-3 – PSUAC championships at Hess Field, Penn State University
Overall record: 4-5
PSUAC record: 2-1
Monday, April 14 – at PSU Hazleton, W, 9-0
Wednesday, April 16 – at PSU Brandywine, ppd. to April 23
Thursday, April 17 – host PSU Hazleton, W, 9-0
Wednesday, April 23 – at PSU Brandywine, 3 p.m.