Wildcat baseball, softball prep for postseason play
Pennsylvania College of Technology baseball and softball teams are preparing for postseason play while the men’s tennis team concluded its season last week and the college received word that it is on track in its bid to become a Division III member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
In Penn State University Athletic Conference action on Wednesday, the Wildcats swept PSU Schuylkill by scores of 5-3 and 6-5 in eight innings. In the first game, Tyler Cooklin fanned 14 in the win. He got offensive support from Josh Longsderff, who went 1 for 3 and drove in two runs while Zach Buterbaugh was 2 for 2, including a double with two runs scored, and Jeremy Rall was 1 for 2 with two runs scored. In the nightcap, Buterbaugh scored from third on a wild pitch with two out in the eighth to secure the win. He finished that game going 1 for 2 with two runs scored while Longsderff doubled and also scored twice.
Penn College closed out the regular-season portion of its PSUAC schedule on Saturday with losses to PSU Brandywine by scores of 4-1 and 5-2. In the first game, Cole Weachock was 2 for 3 at the plate and both he and Zach Weil had doubles. In the second game, Cody Buterbaugh was 2 for 3 at the plate and Weachock tripled, but it wasn’t enough as the Wildcats went to 15-5 in the conference and 21-10 overall.
In the Week 4 United States Collegiate Athletic Conference Coaches’ Poll, Penn College remained tied for seventh. Penn College remains second in the PSUAC standings.
With every game important in its hopes of achieving a playoff berth, Penn College took two games from PSU Schuylkill on Wednesday by scores of 9-1 and 10-2, both in five innings. In the first game, Jessica Gmerek went 3 for 3 with a home run and five runs batted in to back the four-hit, 10-strikeout pitching of Arika Stopper. Rachel Sheaffer also homered for the Wildcats in the game. In the nightcap, Macie Lucas homered and doubled, driving in three runs and scoring twice herself, while Sheaffer went 2 for 3 with one RBI and one run scored to back the four-hit, 11-strikeout pitching of Kimberly Watson.
The Lady Wildcats made it four wins in a row during the week on Friday with a twin bill sweep of PSU Scranton by scores of 16-0 and 12-1, both in five innings. In the first game, Stopper tossed a three-hitter, striking out eight. Key hitters were Lucas, with three hits including a two-run double; Walter, who went 3 for 3 with three RBIs and three runs scored; Karey Wolfe who had two hits, including a bases-loaded triple, and drove in six runs; and Alexandra Brennan who had three hits and three RBIs. In the second game, Nicole La Furno hit a solo home run, and Sheaffer had two hits and Brittney McHugh had three hits. Penn College now is 6-4 in the conference and 10-12 overall.
In the Week 4 United States Collegiate Athletic Conference Coaches’ Poll, Penn College was No. 16. The Wildcats are fifth in the PSUAC.
On the road Wednesday, Penn College avenged its only conference loss of the season with a 6-3 victory over PSU Brandywine. Posting Wildcat wins in both singles and doubles were Jordan Rodgers, James Jeffries, and Noah Stahl.
“The season started out rough for us. We faced some (NCAA) Division III teams we hadn’t faced before, but the kids really took on the challenge and as the season progressed they got better,” coach Robert Kemrer said of his team’s campaign that ended 5-5 overall and 3-1 in the PSUAC. “This has been a big step for the tennis program, going from just playing Penn State schools and playing them twice the same season. Now, we’re progressing playing some normal Division III teams where the competition is a little higher. It forces our program to take it up a notch to be at their level and we’ve done pretty well.”
PENN COLLEGE SCHEDULES/RECORDS
Overall record: 21-10
PSUAC record: 15-5
Wednesday, April 23 – host PSU Schuylkill at Bowman Field, W, 5-3; W, 6-5
Saturday, April 26 – at PSU Brandywine (2), L, 4-1; L, 5-2
Sunday, Sept 27 – host King’s College Jayvees, noon
Thursday-Saturday, May 1-3 – PSUAC championships at PSU Mont Alto
Overall record: 10-12
PSUAC record: 6-4
Tuesday, April 22 – host PSU New Kensington (2), ppd. to April 28
Wednesday, April 23 – host PSU Schuylkill at Elm Park, W, 9-1; W, 10-2
Friday, April 25 – at PSU Scranton, W, 16-0; W, 12-1
Saturday, April 26 – at PSU Brandywine (2), ppd. to Tuesday
Sunday, April 27 – host PSU Fayette at Elm Park (2), noon
Monday, April 28 – host PSU New Kensington (2), 2 p.m.
Tuesday, April 29 – at PSU Brandywine (2), 2 p.m.
Wednesday, April 30 – at PSU Beaver (2), 4 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, May 2-3 – PSUAC championships at Hess Field, Penn State University, TBA
Final overall record: 5-5
Final PSUAC record: 3-1
Wednesday, April 23 – at PSU Brandywine, W, 6-3