Wildcat weekly: Golfers set for NEAC tourney
The season ends this week for Pennsylvania College of Technology golfers as they compete Saturday and Sunday in the NEAC Championships. And, while taking advantage of a dry spell, and paced by a women’s softball team that won all 10 of its games, five spring sports teams posted a combined 18-7 record last week, including wins by the men’s and women’s tennis squads for the first time this year.
Hosting Lycoming last Sunday at Williamsport Country Club, Penn College had the top five individuals and won, 320-377.
Leading the Wildcats were Ned Baumbach with a 75; Tyler Marks at 76; Ben Fails at 82; and Matt Ciccone and Austin, Moscariello both at 87.
Competing in the nine-team Keuka College Invitational on Wednesday, Penn College placed sixth with a four-man score of 347. Michael Lautensack topped the Wildcats with an 85, tied for 19th overall. SUNY Cobleskill took the team competition with a 315.
Penn College wraps up its regular season today at the Elizabethtown Blue Jay Classic in a final preparation for Saturday and Sunday’s NEAC Championships.
“The season has been filled with rainouts and rescheduling so it’s been tough to really get things going, but I’ve been very pleased with where we are at this point,” coach Matt Haile said. “We have some guys who really have come a long way. Tyler (Marks) has been playing great and I’m looking forward to see him continue with his success.”
Competing in the championships for Penn College will be Ned Baumbach, Marks, Ben Fails, Austin Moscariello and either Mike Lautensack or Matt Ciccone.
“We have a practice round Friday and it will give them another chance to play the course. … It sets up well for us. It’s a short course (6,036-yard, par-70 Philmont Country Club in Huntingdon Valley). We played decently (there, April 2), for our first time out. I expect a little better from them now that we have some more practice time under our belts,” Haile said. “It’s a matter of going out there and putting up two good rounds, back-to-back. … Managing the course well and playing their game, playing each hole one at a time, forgetting the big numbers and just giving it their all and never giving up.”
Last Sunday in NEAC play, the Wildcats split with Penn State Berks, winning, 15-6, and losing, 19-4. In the win, Nate Lowe went 5 for 5 with a double and triple, drove in three runs and scored four. Teammate Ben Flicker went 3 for 4 with four RBIs in the team’s 18-hit attack. In the loss, Penn College was held to four hits and Berks had 17.
Penn College topped Mt. Aloysius on Monday in non-conference play, 11-2. Noah Esposito and Cole Hofmann both had two-run triples and Cody Cline went 4 for 5 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Pitcher Cody Nelson picked up his first win of the season.
Hosting Penn State Abington on Friday, Penn College split, winning 11-10 in nine innings and losing 10-7 in eight innings. In the first game, Richard Lennon drilled an RBI double in the bottom of the last inning to lift the Wildcats. Hofmann ended the game 4 for 6 with three RBIs. In the second game, Penn College led 4-0 after one inning, during which Lennon hit a three-run homer. PS Abington finished with a four-run eighth to win.
Wrapping up a 5-2 week on Saturday, and improving to 15-7 overall and 6-2 in the conference, the Wildcats took two at home from Cazenovia, 5-2 and 21-8. In the first game, Lowe went 3 for 3 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Nelson improved to 2-0 on the mound with a five-strikeout performance.
In the second contest, Brittan Kittle went 3 for 3 with three RBIs and three runs scored and Lennon drove in five runs and Lowe drove in four runs.
Last Sunday in its first NEAC games of the season, Penn College won at Cazenovia, 12-5 and 9-5. In the first game, Becky Schweikert went 3 for 4 with three runs batted in, and Elizabeth Asher also drove in three runs to back the eight-strikeout pitching of Taylor Brooks, who improved to 2-1.
In the second game, Maddie Wenk and Sophie Coldsmith each went 3 for 4 with three RBIs.
On Monday, in NEAC play, the Wildcats swept Morrisville State, 8-2 and 8-0 in a pair of five-inning games. In the first game, Elizabeth Asher went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. In the nightcap, Kassie Winters tossed a shutout with five strikeouts to improve to 3-0. She aided her own cause by going 3 for 4 with three runs scored. Four Wildcats had two hits each, including Sophie Coldsmith who had a double.
The Wildcats continued to roll Tuesday, hiking their win streak to six games with a 3-1 and 14-3 NEAC sweep of Wells College. Brooks shined in the first game, tossing a one-hitter and fanning nine. Coldsmith went 3 for 3 to pace the offense, and Asher 2 for 3, as both hit triples.
In the second game, Taylor Krow went 4 for 4 with four RBIs and three runs scored. Winter went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and improved her record to 4-0. Brooks also tripled and plated two runs.
At home with SUNY Cobleskill on Friday, Penn College won with a pair of shutouts, 4-0 and 11-0. In the opener, Brooks threw a three-hitter with 11 strikeouts and just two walks. She went 2 for 3 at the plate with a run scored.
In the second game, Penn College had a 10-run third inning, sparked by Wenk’s two-run single. She finished with three RBIs. Amanda Kustanbauter threw a two-hitter.
The Wildcats completed a perfect 10-0 week Saturday at home against SUNY Poly with 7-2 and 5-4 wins. In the first game, Winters improved to 5-0, had two hits and scored two runs. In the second game, Asher’s walk-off RBI single provided the difference. Penn College improved to 14-5 overall and 10-0 in the NEAC. Asher ended the game 3 for 3.
Last Sunday, the Wildcats lost at Lancaster Bible College, 6-3, in NEAC play. Freshman Blake Whitmire was a double winner for Penn College at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles with Nicholas Pascual.
In non-conference action on Thursday, Penn College lost to Wilkes University, 9-0.
At Penn State Abington on Friday, Penn College lost, 9-0.
On Saturday at Bryn Athyn, the Wildcats snapped their nine-match losing streak with an 8-1 victory. Winners in both their singles and doubles matches were Ethan Rosler, Andrew Francisco, Nicholas Pascual, Stephen Helminiak and Dylan Therrian. Penn College now is 1-9 overall and 1-3 in the NEAC.
Last Sunday, Penn College lost at Lancaster Bible College, 8-1, in NEAC action. Jane Herman was the lone Penn College winner, at No. 3 singles.
On Friday at Penn State Abington, Penn College lost, 9-0.
A 6-3 win on Saturday at Bryn Athyn snapped Penn College’s 10-match losing streak. Winning both their singles and doubles matches for the Wildcats were Melissa Stabley, Morgan Blackwell, and Jane Herman. Penn College now is 1-10 overall and 1-3 in the conference.
SCHEDULES, RECORDS and RESULTS
Overall record: 15-7
NEAC record: 6-2
Sunday, April 9 – at Penn State Berks (NEAC, 2), W, 15-6; L, 19-4
Monday, April 10 – at Mt. Aloysius College, W, 11-2
Tuesday, April 11 – at Alfred State, ppd.
Friday, April 14 – host Penn State Abington at Loyalsock Township (NEAC, 2), W, 11-10; L, 10-7
Saturday, April 15 – host Cazenovia College at Loyalsock Township (NEAC, 2), W, 5-2; W, 21-8
Tuesday, April 18 – host Gallaudet University at Logue Field (NEAC, 2), 2 p.m.
Wednesday, April 19 – at King’s College, 4 p.m.
Sunday, April 23 – host Wilkes University at Loyalsock Township, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, April 25 – at Lancaster Bible College (NEAC, 2), 12:30 p.m.
Overall record: 14-5
NEAC record: 10-0
Sunday, April 9 – at Cazenovia College (NEAC, 2), W, 12-5; W, 9-5
Monday, April 10 – at Morrisville State (NEAC, 2), W, 8-2, 5 innings; W, 8-0, 5 innings
Tuesday, April 11 – host Wells College at Elm Park (NEAC, 2), W, 3-1; W, 14-3
Friday, April 14 – host SUNY Cobleskill at Elm Park (NEAC, 2), W, 4-0; W, 11-0
Saturday, April 15 – host SUNY Poly at Elm Park (NEAC, 2), W, 7-2; W, 5-4
Wednesday, April 19 – at Keuka College (NEAC, 2), 3 p.m.
Thursday, April 20 – at Wells College (NEAC, 2), 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 22 – host Cazenovia College at Elm Park (NEAC, 2), 1 p.m.
Sunday, April 23 – host Morrisville State College at Elm Park (NEAC, 2), noon
Monday, April 24 – host Keuka College at Elm Park (NEAC, 2), noon
Overall record: 1-9
NEAC record: 1-3
Sunday, April 9 – host Lancaster Bible College (NEAC), L, 6-3
Thursday, April 13 – at Wilkes University, L, 9-0
Friday, April 14 – at Penn State Abington (NEAC), L, 9-0
Saturday, April 15 – at Bryn Athyn (NEAC), W, 8-1
Thursday, April 20 – host Misericordia University, 4 p.m.
Overall record: 1-10
NEAC record: 1-3
Sunday, April 9 – host Lancaster Bible College (NEAC), L, 8-1
Friday, April 14 – at Penn State Abington (NEAC), L, 9-0
Saturday, April 15 – at Bryn Athyn (NEAC), W, 6-3
Tuesday, April 18 – at St. Elizabeth (NEAC), 1 p.m.
Friday, April 21 – host Wells College (NEAC), 4 p.m.
Sunday, April 9 – host Lycoming College at Williamsport Country Club, W, 320-377
Wednesday, April 12 – at Keuka College, finished sixth in a nine-team field
Monday, April 17 – at Elizabethtown College Blue Jay Classic, 1 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, April 22-23 – NEAC Championships at Bryn Athyn
Saturday-Sunday, April 22-23 – host Eastern Regional Outdoor Collegiate Championships
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, May 19-20-21 – Outdoor Nationals at Chula Vista, Calif.