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The season ends this week for Pennsylvania College of Technology golfers as they compete Saturday and Sunday in the North Eastern Athletic Conference Championships. Also on the weekend, the archery team hosts the Eastern Regional Outdoor Collegiate Championships.
Last week, while taking advantage of a dry spell and paced by a women’s softball team that won all eight of its games, four spring sports teams posted a combined 14-4 record, including wins by the men’s and women’s tennis squads for the first time this year.
Competing in the nine-team Keuka College Invitational on Wednesday, Penn College placed sixth with a four-man score of 347. Michael Lautensack, of Berwin, topped the Wildcats with an 85, tied for 19th overall. SUNY Cobleskill took the team competition with a 315.
Penn College wraps up is regular season on Monday at the Elizabethtown Blue Jay Classic in a final preparation for next Saturday and Sunday’s NEAC Championships, where the Wildcats look to improve on last year’s sixth-place finish.
“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, of Elizabethtown; Marks; Ben Fails, of Hummelstown; Austin Moscariello, of New Columbia; and either Mike Lautensack, of Berwyn, or Matt Ciccone, of North Wales.
“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 (the 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,” the coach continued.
“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,” Haile said.
“I think the squad that we have is going to be one of the better that we’ve had going into the championships. I’m looking forward to seeing it happen,” Haile added.
Penn College hosts the Eastern Regional Outdoor Collegiate Championships on Saturday and Sunday, featuring 17 colleges and universities and more than 120 archers.
Registration Saturday will be held between 10 a.m. and noon, with practice beginning at noon followed by recurve and compound ranking rounds, then mixed team rounds at 4 p.m. Practice on Sunday starts at 8 a.m., with recurve and compound elimination and medal rounds. The event wraps up at 1 p.m. Sunday with recurve and compound team rounds.
“I am hoping that the weather cooperates and we have a nice sunny, no-wind weekend for this tournament,” said Penn College coach Chad Karstetter, who is also serving as the tournament director.
“The Penn College archers are looking forward to having an event at our home field and have been hitting the practice range pretty hard these last few weeks.
“We have quite a few archers in pretty good standings to make the all-East team, which is the combination of their indoor nationals score and the score from this weekend.”
Penn College topped Mount Aloysius on Monday in nonconference play, 11-2. Noah Esposito, of Williamsport, and Cole Hofmann, of Newtown, both had two-run triples and Cody Cline, of Waynesboro, went 4 for 5 with three RBI and two runs scored while pitcher Cody Nelson, of South Williamsport, 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, of Morgantown, drilled an RBI double in the bottom of the last frame to lift the Wildcats. Hofmann ended the game going 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, but Penn State Abington finished strong with a four-run eighth to win.
Wrapping up a 4-1 week on Saturday, and improving to 15-7 overall and 6-2 in the conference, the Wildcats took two at home from Cazenovia College by scores of 5-2 and 21-8. In the first game, Lowe went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBIs while Nelson improved to 2-0 on the mound with a five-strikeout performance. In the second contest, Brittan Kittle, of Millville, went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and three runs scored while Lennon drove in five runs and Lowe drove in four runs.
In North Eastern Athletic Conference action this week: Host Gallaudet University (6-23 overall through Sunday), at Logue Field, 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Last meeting vs. Gallaudet University: Split on April 23, winning 11-6 and losing 3-2.
Statistically speaking through Sunday: Flicker was third with a .444 batting average; Lennon was tied for fourth with 22 RBI; pitcher Jed Blankenhorn, of Pine Grove, was fifth with two wins; Lowe was tied for third with nine stolen bases; pitcher Brad Walter, of Williamsport, was fifth with 31 strikeouts; and pitcher Devon Sanders, of Bloomsburg, was tied for third with one save.
Standings through Sunday: Keuka College 2-0, Penn College 6-2, Penn State Berks 4-2, Penn State Abington 4-2, Lancaster Bible College 3-3, SUNY Poly 3-3, Cazenovia College 2-4, Wells College 1-5, Gallaudet University 1-5.
On Monday in NEAC play, the Wildcats swept Morrisville State College by scores of 8-2 and 8-0 in a pair of five-inning games. In the first game, Elizabeth Asher, of East Stroudsburg, 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 on the season and she aided her own cause by going 3-for-4 at the plate with three runs scored. Four other Wildcats had two hits each, including Sophie Coldsmith, of Gettysburg, who had a double.
The Wildcats continued to roll on Tuesday, hiking their win streak to six games with a 3-1 and 14-3 NEAC sweep of Wells College. Brooks shined on the mound 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, of Mechanicsburg, went 4-for-4 with four RBIs and three runs scored while Winter went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and she improved to 4-0 on the mound. 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 while going 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 who had a two-run single and ended with three RBIs. Amanda Kustanbauter, of Muncy, threw a two-hitter.
The Wildcats completed a perfect 8-0 week on Saturday at home against SUNY Poly with wins by 7-2 and 5-4. In the first game, Winters improved to 5-0 on the mound, 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 at the plate.
In North Eastern Athletic Conference action this week: At Keuka College (13-7 overall through Sunday), 3 p.m. Wednesday; at Wells College (5-13 overall through Sunday), 3 p.m. Thursday; host Cazenovia College (8-14 overall through Sunday), at Elm Park, 1 p.m. Saturday; host Morrisville State College (1-17 overall through Sunday), at Elm Park, noon.
Last meeting vs. Keuka College: Split on April 30, winning 2-1 and losing 6-1.
Last meeting vs. Wells College: W 3-1 and 14-3 on April 11.
Last meeting vs. Cazenovia College: Won on April 9 by scores of 12-5 and 9-5.
Last meeting vs. Morrisville State College: Won on April 10 by scores of 8-2 and 8-0.
Statistically speaking through Sunday: Coldsmith was fourth with a .472 batting average and Winters was third with a 1.28 ERA.
NEAC North Division standings through Sunday: Penn College 10-0, Keuka College 11-1, Cazenovia College 6-4, SUNY Poly 4-6, Wells College 5-9, SUNY Cobleskill 1-9, Morrisville State College 1-9.
In nonconference action on Thursday, Penn College lost to Wilkes University, 9-0, and at Penn State Abington on Friday, Penn College lost, 9-0.
On Saturday at Bryn Athyn, the Wildcats snapped their nine-match loss streak with an 8-1 victory. Winners in both their singles and doubles matches were Ethan Rosler, of Bloomsburg; Andrew Francisco, of Bronx, New York; Nicholas Pascual, of Doylestown; Stephen Helminiak, of Williamsport; and Dylan Therrian, of Reading. Penn College now is 1-9 overall and 1-3 in the NEAC.
NEAC West Division standings through Sunday: Penn State Berks 2-0, Lancaster Bible College 2-0, Penn State Abington 1-0, Penn College 1-3, Bryn Athyn 0-4.
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 loss string. Winning both their singles and doubles matches for the Wildcats were Melissa Stabley, of Cogan Station; Morgan Blackwell, of Beech Creek; and Jane Herman, of Greencastle. Penn College now is 1-10 overall and 1-3 in the conference.
In North Eastern Athletic Conference action this week: Host Wells College (2-6 overall through Sunday), 4 p.m. Friday.
Last meeting vs. Wells College: Lost 7-2 last April 23.
NEAC West Division standings through Sunday: Lancaster Bible College 4-0, Penn State Berks 4-0, Penn State Abington 3-0, Wells College 2-3, Penn College 1-3, Bryn Athyn College 1-5, St. Elizabeth College 0-5.
Overall record: 15-7
NEAC record: 6-2
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.
Sunday, April 30 – host Alfred State (2), 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 3 – at Elmira College, 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 6 – at SUNY Poly (NEAC, 2), 1 p.m.
Overall record: 14-5
NEAC record: 10-0
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
Wednesday, April 26 – vs. Lycoming College at Elm Park, 4 p.m.
Thursday, April 27 – at Wilkes University (2), 4 p.m. (CK)
Saturday, April 29 – at SUNY Poly (NEAC, 2), 1 p.m.
Sunday, April 30 – at SUNY Cobleskill (NEAC, 2), noon
Overall record: 1-9
NEAC record: 1-3
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
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.
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.
For more, visit the Wildcat Athletics website.