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Penn College Baseball Team Has 7-1 Week

Over the past week, Pennsylvania College of Technology baseball and softball teams posted a combined 10 wins and six losses, with the baseball team going 7-1 – all in Penn State University Athletic Conference play where it now is 9-1 for the season.

The Wildcats opened the week on fire, scoring 26 runs in 15-0 (in five innings) and 11-2 wins over Penn State York on Tuesday. In the first game, Travis Hendershot, of Muncy, and Craig Watson, of McEwensville, each had two-run doubles. Hendershot finished with three runs batted in and Watson with four. Winning pitcher Brian Santangelo, of Middletown, Conn., gave up just two hits in five innings. In the nightcap, Zachary Buterbaugh, of Conestota, hit a three-run homer and Paul Phan, of Langhorne, had a two-run double to back the pitching of Matt Demilio, of Greensburg.

On Thursday at Butler, Penn College split with Penn State Greater Allegheny, winning 5-1 and losing 1-0 in eight innings. Josh Longsderff, of Columbia, picked up the win on the mound, allowing four hits in seven innings. Cody Buterbaugh, of Conestoga, finished with two hits, including a two-run, bases-loaded single. In the second game, Zachary Yetter, of Thompsontown, was tough on the mound as he held Allegheny scoreless through seven innings. In the eighth, however, a Penn College error and Allegheny single resulted in the first conference loss of the season for the Wildcats.

Penn College had everything under control Saturday at Penn State Fayette as it won by scores of 21-8 and 14-1 behind the pitching of Santangelo and Matthew Demilio, of Greensburg, who recorded the victories. In the first game, Cody Buterbaugh went 4 for 5 at the plate with four runs batted in; Hendershot had four hits, including two home runs; and Zach Weil, of Kutztown, drilled a three-run homer. Longsderff had a two-run homer in the second game.

Playing at arch-rival Penn State Beaver on Sunday, the Wildcats took both games by scores of 6-4 and 7-4 to improve to 12-7 overall. In the first game, Penn College took advantage of a Beaver error in the seventh inning to score two runs, breaking a 4-4 tie, and notch the win. James Simasek, of Landenberg, and Weil each had two hits during the contest. In the nightcap, Hendershot was 3 for 4 with three RBIs and Cody Buterbaugh was 3 for 5.

During the week it was announced that Longsderff was been named the PSUAC Pitcher of the Week for the period ending March 31.  In his only appearance of the week, Longsderff threw a complete-game shutout against Penn State Mont Alto.

At home Tuesday, Penn College split with Penn State New Kensington, winning 6-5 in eight innings and losing 8-7. Lacy Lose, of Avis, recorded 10 strikeouts in the win as the Wildcats snapped a five-game losing streak and posted their first PSUAC win of the season. Lose had two triples in the opener to support her own pitching effort. Rachael Shaeffer, of Hampstead, Md., finished the day 3 for 7 with three runs batted in and Stephanie Koleno, of Moshannon, had three RBIs in the second game.

In nonconference play Wednesday against NCAA Division III Elmira (N.Y.) College, Penn College was blanked by scores of 9-0 and 8-0 in five innings, managing just three hits on the process. The Wildcats committed six errors during the twin bill.

On the road Saturday at Penn State Fayette, Penn College split, losing 9-1 in five innings and winning 13-7. The Wildcats managed just four singles in the first-game loss, but bounced back in the second with 14 hits. Katie Kratzer, of Selinsgrove, and Delaney Blubaugh, of Waynesboro, each finished 3 for 4 at the plate to back the pitching of Christina Mignot, of Hughesville, who fanned six in seven innings.

In action at Penn State Beaver on Sunday, Penn College split, losing 4-1 and winning 3-2. In the loss, Kratzer had one of the Wildcats’ two hits, a double. In the win, Kratzer went 2 for 2 with a pair of doubles as the team’s record went to 5-15 overall and 3-5 in the PSUAC.

In other news during the week, it was announced that Penn College has been approved for exploratory membership in Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The college’s one-year NCAA Division III exploratory status officially begins Sept. 1 and will last throughout the 2013-14 academic year. Exploratory membership provides institutions with an opportunity to learn more about the NCAA and Division III, which comprises more than 170,000 student-athletes at nearly 450 colleges and universities nationwide. After the 2013-14 academic year, Penn College will consider pursuing a four-year provisional membership in Division III for its Wildcat athletic teams.

Overall record: 12-7
PSUAC record: 9-1
Tuesday, April 2 – at Penn State York, W, 15-0 in 5 innings; W, 11-2
Thursday, April 4 – at Penn State Greater Allegheny, W, 5-1; L, 1-0 in 8 innings
Saturday, April 6 – at Penn State Fayette, W, 21-8; W, 14-1
Sunday, April 7 – at Penn State Beaver, W, 6-4; W, 7-4
Wednesday, April 10 – at Penn State Hazleton (2), 2 p.m.
Thursday, April 11 – at King’s College, 4 p.m.
Sunday, April 14 – at Mansfield University, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, April 16 – at Penn State Harrisburg (2), 2 p.m.

Overall record: 5-15
PSUAC record: 3-5    
Tuesday, April 2 – host Penn State New Kensington, W, 6-5 in 8 innings; L, 8-7
Wednesday, April 3 – host Elmira (N.Y.) College, L, 9-0; L, 8-0 in 5 innings
Saturday, April 6 – at Penn State Fayette, L, 9-1 in 5 innings; W, 13-7
Sunday, April 7 – at Penn State Beaver (2), L, 4-1; W, 3-2
Wednesday, April 10 – at Penn State Hazleton (2), 2 p.m.
Thursday, April 11 – host Luzerne County Community College at Elm Park (2), 2 p.m.Saturday, April 13 – at Alfred (N.Y.) State College (2), 1 p.m.Sunday, April 14 – at Alfred (N.Y.) University (2), 1 p.m.
Tuesday, April 16 – at Penn State Schuylkill (2), 2 p.m.

Saturday, Sunday, April 13-14 – New England Collegiate Archery Tournament at Storrs, Conn.
Saturday, Sunday April 20-21 – host East Regional Archery Championships

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