ROUNDUP: Penn College falls in NEAC title game
Penn State Berks used three runs in the eighth inning to break a deadlock and hand Penn College a 7-4 setback in the North Eastern Athletic Conference Baseball Championship on Sunday at Bucknell University.
Penn College finished the season at 25-13.
The Lions jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a run in the first and second innings before the Wildcats answered in the top of the third.
With one out, Penn College loaded the bases when Dylan Scaringi and Nathaniel Lowe drew walks and Cody Cline reached on a catcher’s interference. Ben Flicker followed with an infield single that scored Scaringi. Brittan Kittle drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the game at 2-2. Evan Vigna plated Cline with a sacrifice hit and put the Wildcats ahead 3-2.
Berks regained its lead, 4-3, with a single and a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning.
The Wildcats evened the game for the final time in the fifth inning on Vigna’s single to right field that brought home Flicker.
A Berks triple in the eighth put the Lions ahead 6-4 and an RBI single in the same frame made it 7-4.
Flicker led Penn College’s offense with a game-high three hits, while Vigna had a team-best two RBIs.
• Mike Castellani tossed his third shutout of the season to lead fourth-seeded Bucknell to a 5-0 win and a series sweep over No. 1 seed Navy in the Patriot League Tournament semifinal series.
Bucknell advances to the Patriot League Championship Series and plays No. 2 seed Holy Cross in a best-of-three series to determine the league’s automatic NCAA berth.
The story of the series was Bucknell’s exceptional pitching. Connor Van Hoose was impressive in his outing in Game 1, and Castellani (5-1) followed it up with a masterful performance in Game 2. Castellani held Navy to three hits, striking out six, which matched his season high. He was perfect through four innings.
• Jenna Farmer took first place in the 3,000 meters Sunday to lead the Bucknell women’s track and field team on the final day of the ECAC Championships.
Bucknell finished third in the team standings for the second straight year, scoring 38 points, tying a school record posted last season.
Farmer, a Lewisburg graduate, became the fourth Bison in Bucknell history to win an individual title. She was the top runner in a field of 14 participants with a mark of 9 minutes, 48.98 seconds, finishing nearly two seconds faster than her seed.
Penn College 4
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PSU Berks 110 200 03x — 7 8 1
Trevor Dolin, Aaron Palmer (6) and Brittan Kittle. S. Varner, B. Griesemer (3) and J. McGarvey. W–Griesemer. L–Palmer.
Top Penn College hitters: Ben Flicker, 3-4, RBI, run; Evan Vigna, 1-3, 2 RBIs. Top PSU Berks hitters: T. Welk, 2-4, double; Z. Reis, 1-4, double, RBI; A. Madeja, 1-2, triple, 2 RBIs, run; T. Salerno, 3-3, 3 RBIs.
Bucknell 5, Navy 0
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Bucknell 101 000 21x — 5 12 0
Kyle Condry, Brian Wikoff (6), Sean Kamhoot (7), Jett Meenach (8) and Adrian Chinnery. Mike Castellani and Evan Klugerman. W–Castellani. L–Condry.
Top Navy hitters: Jacob Williamson, 1-3, double. Top Bucknell hitters: Brett Smith, 1-5, double, run; Danny Rafferty, 2-5, run; Sam Clark, 3-3, 2 RBIs, run; JohnPaul Bell, 2-4, double; Evan Klugerman, 2-4, double, run.