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Penn College athletes have busy, productive weekend

During a week that – due to weather-related postponements – nearly all of the action took place over the weekend, Pennsylvania College of Technology teams found success in baseball, softball and men’s lacrosse.

Baseball
Hosting Penn State Harrisburg on Saturday in United East play, a two-out single to center in the bottom of the seventh inning by Jake Wagner, of Palmyra, drove in the winning run in a 2-1 first-game Wildcats victory. On the mound for Penn College, Samuel Zeigler, of Palmyra, went the distance for his fourth win without a loss. Zeigler struck out eight and walked three. In the nightcap, Harrisburg rebounded with a 5-2 win that left the Wildcats 10-10 overall and 4-3 in the conference. Brian Robison, of Quakertown, had two of the Wildcats’ five hits. Starting Penn College pitcher Ben Bretzman, of Bendersville, went 6⅓ innings and took the loss.

United East standings through Saturday: Lancaster Bible College, 8-1; Penn State Harrisburg, 7-1; Penn State Abington, 6-4; Penn College, 4-3; St. Mary’s (Md.), 3-5; Penn State Berks, 3-7; Wells College, 2-6; Gallaudet University, 1-7.

Softball
Hosting Penn State Berks in UE play on Saturday, the Wildcats split, losing the opener 1-0 and winning the second game, 10-2 in five innings, to go to 9-7 overall and 5-1 in the conference. In a first-game pitcher’s duel, Berks pushed across the game’s lone run in the sixth inning, giving the mound win to Briana Smith, who fanned nine and walked one while allowing just four hits. Wildcat Kyla Benner, of Bethlehem, who struck out four and walked one in a six-hit effort, took the loss. In the second game, four-run third and fifth innings propelled the victory. In the third, Maddie Hurst, of Mechanicsburg, had a two-run double, and in the fifth, Madison Shaffer, of Trout Run, and Olivia Hemstock, of Northford, Connecticut, each had two-run singles to help Mackenzie Weaver, of Williamsport, to her fourth win in six decisions on the mound. Weaver struck out seven and didn’t issue a walk. Hemstock ended the game with two hits and three RBIs.

United East standings: Penn State Harrisburg, 6-0; Penn College, 5-1; Penn State Berks, 4-1; Penn State Abington, 4-2; Lancaster Bible College, 4-4; Gallaudet University, 3-5; SUNY Morrisville, 1-7; Wells College, 0-7.

Men’s lacrosse
Penn College downed Hilbert College, 16-10, in a UE match on Saturday to improve to 5-5 overall and 1-1 in the conference. Trailing 4-3 after one period, the Wildcats erupted with eight second-quarter goals and then outscored Hilbert 5-3 in the second half for the win. Quinn Caviola, of Ridgefield, Connecticut, ended the day with seven goals, while James Thatcher, of Bala Cynwyd, had two goals and seven assists. Also, Brendan Kuczma, of New Fairfield, Connecticut; Sam Hills, of Maynard, Massachusetts; and Devin Page, of Pine City, New York, each added two goals. Michael Stank, of York Haven, won 16 of 17 faceoffs, and in goal, starter James Cella, of Cape May, New Jersey, made eight saves in three periods and earned the win, while Chad Szatkowski, of Jackson, New Jersey, had five saves in the fourth quarter. Penn College led in shots, 43-35, and in shots on goal, 29-23.

United East standings: SUNY Morrisville, 3-0; Wells College, 2-1; Penn College, 1-1; St. Mary’s (Md.), 1-1; Medaille College, 0-1; La Roche University, 0-1; Hilbert College, 0-2.

Tennis
The men’s and women’s tennis teams dropped their spring season nonconference openers on Saturday at King’s College, the men by 6-3 and the women 9-0. The Wildcat men are 5-2 overall (5-1 in the fall) and the women are 1-7 (1-6 fall). King’s men improved to 4-6 and its women are 1-9. Posting wins for the Penn College men were Paul Langbein, of Carnegie, at No. 2 singles, 7-5, 6-1; and Langbein/Tucker Phillippe-Johansson, of Mattituck, New York, at No. 1 doubles, 8-4, and Alex Norris/Jesse Kight, both of Williamsport, at No. 2 doubles, 8-7 (8-6 tiebreaker). The three wins were the most ever for the Wildcats in a match against King’s.

Golf
Competing Saturday and Sunday in the Penn State Division III Challenge at State College, Penn College golfers combined for a two-day 656 total and finished fourth in a six-team field. Alex Acree, of Brookville, led the way for the Wildcats with rounds of 84-76–160 and placed eighth individually. Acree was 17 over par on the par 72, 6,605-yard Penn State Blue Course (Saturday) and par 71, 6,328-yard Penn State White Course (Sunday). Also for Penn College, Will Orwig, of Mifflintown, shot 84-79–163 and Gavin Bair, of Bainbridge, shot 80-83–163, both tied for 16th; Sean McNamara, of Lancaster, had rounds of 87-86–173, placing 26th; and Trevor Keaton, of Worcester, had rounds of 84-90–174, tied for 27th. Penn State Harrisburg took top team honors with a 319-312–631. Individually, Mike Festa, of Penn State Abington, medaled after shooting 74-75–149 in a 36-player field.

Esports
Penn College finished 28 of 31 in CIL NASCAR – Charlotte Motor Speedway.

SCHEDULES/RECORDS/RESULTS
Baseball
Overall: 10-10
UE: 4-3
Tuesday, March 29 – host Pitt-Greensburg (2), canceled
Thursday, March 31 – host Penn State Altoona (2), ppd.
Friday, April 1 – host Penn State Harrisburg (UE), ppd.
Saturday, April 2 – host Penn State Harrisburg (UE, 2), W, 2-1; L, 5-2
Monday, April 4 – host Penn State Harrisburg (UE), 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 6 – at Juniata College (2), 1 p.m.
Saturday, April 9 – at Wells College (UE), 4 p.m.
Sunday, April 10 – at Wells College (UE, 2), 2:30 p.m.
Friday, April 15 – host Penn State Abington (UE), 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 16 – host Penn State Abington (UE, 2), 1 p.m.
Friday, April 22 – at St. Mary’s (Md.) College (UE), 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 23 – at St. Mary’s (Md.) College (UE, 2), 1 p.m.

Softball
Overall: 9-7
UE: 5-1
Thursday, March 31 – at Lycoming College (2), ppd.
Saturday, April 2 – host Penn State Berks (UE, 2), L, 1-0; W, 10-2 (5 innings)
Tuesday, April 5 – host Penn State Harrisburg (UE, 2), 3 p.m.
Friday, April 8 – at Wells College (UE, 2), 4 p.m.
Saturday, April 9 – at SUNY Morrisville (UE, 2), 1 p.m.
Friday, April 15 – host Gallaudet University (UE, 2), 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 16 – host Lancaster Bible College (UE, 2), 1 p.m.
Tuesday, April 19 – host Penn State Abington (UE, 2), 3 p.m.

Men’s lacrosse
Overall: 5-5
UE: 1-1
Saturday, April 2 – at Hilbert College (UE), W, 16-10
Wednesday, April 6 – at Rosemont College, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 12 – host Bryn Athyn College, 5 p.m.
Saturday, April 16 – at Wells College (UE), noon
Tuesday, April 19 – host St. Mary’s (Md.) College (UE), 4 p.m.
Saturday, April 23 – host Medaille College (UE), 1 p.m.
Saturday, April 30 – at La Roche University (UE), noon

Men’s tennis
Overall: 5-2 (5-1 fall)
UE: 0-0
Saturday, April 2 – at King’s College, L, 6-3
Tuesday, April 5 – at Penn State Harrisburg (UE), 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 9 – host St. Mary’s (Md.) College (UE), 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 12 – host Penn State Berks (UE), 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 16 – at Penn State Abington (UE), 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 23 – at Lancaster Bible College (UE), noon
Thursday-Saturday, April 28-30 – United East Playoffs, TBA

Women’s tennis
Overall: 1-7 (1-6 fall)
UE: 0-0
Saturday, April 2 – at King’s College, L, 9-0
Tuesday, April 5 – at Penn State Harrisburg (UE), 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 9 – host St. Mary’s (Md.) College (UE), 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 12 – host Penn State Berks (UE), 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 16 – at Penn State Abington (UE), 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 23 – at Lancaster Bible College (UE), noon
Thursday-Saturday, April 28-30 – United East Playoffs, TBA

Golf
Monday, March 28 – Wilson College Invitational at Chambersburg Country Club, ppd.
Saturday, April 2 – Penn State Division III Challenge Day 1 at Blue Course in State College, 4th of 6 after first day
Sunday, April 3 – Penn State Division III Challenge Day 2 at White Course in State College, finished 4th in a 6-team field
Thursday, April 7 – Elizabethtown College Spring Invitational at Hershey Country Club, noon
Monday, April 11 – Wilson College Invitational at Chambersburg Country Club, 11 a.m.
Thursday, April 14 – Bloomsburg Husky Invitational at Frosty Valley Golf Club, noon

Archery
Saturday-Sunday, April 23-24 – USA Eastern Regional Collegiate Championships at Harrisonburg, Va.

Esports
iRacing
Tuesday, March 29 – CIL NASCAR – Charlotte Motor Speedway, 28 of 31
Tuesday, April 5 – CIL ROAD – Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, April 12 – CIL NASCAR – Phoenix Raceway, 8 p.m.

For more about the United East, visit the conference website.

For additional information, visit the Wildcat Athletics website.

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