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Penn College Set for Softball, Baseball Home Openers


Late-winter weather took its toll on the only games scheduled for Pennsylvania College of Technology teams last week but, weather permitting, both the baseball and softball teams have their home openers set over the next week.

Last Thursday’s scheduled softball doubleheader at Wilkes University was postponed until April 19. The 5-7 Wildcats now are scheduled to return to action on Wednesday at Susquehanna University and are slated to entertain Potsdam State at 2 p.m. Saturday at Elm Park.

Idle since playing in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on March 8, the college’s 3-5 baseball team is set to return to action at noon Sunday at Bowman Field with a twin bill against Lebanon Valley College, and Wildcats coach Chris Howard is excited to return to the historic ballpark.

“It’s great on so many levels. One, it’s just a nice place to play, a great stadium. I tell everybody, including recruits, ‘You’re not going to see a better Division III complex.’ There are a lot of Division I schools that would like to have what we’re playing at. And now I tell them, ‘You are literally playing on a major league field because Major League Baseball came in and redid it so you could play major league games on it,’” Howard said.

“It’s a great opportunity for these kids to not only play in a really nice stadium with a really nice atmosphere, but to play on a surface that Major League Baseball players are playing on. It’s fun for the other teams that come in here, too. It’s a great place for everybody to come play a game,” Howard said.

“This year, I think more than in past years, we’re looking to manufacture a lot of runs. We’re going to be a lot more aggressive on the base paths than we probably have ever been, as opposed to sit back and wait for doubles in the gap. It’s a style of baseball that we can play, that this team can handle.

“When you play at Bowman Field in early April, it’s not like the ball is flying out of that yard, so there are other things that you have to do to be a little bit more offensive,” Howard added.

SCHEDULE/RECORDS/RESULTS
Baseball
Overall: 3-5
Sunday, March 25 – host Lebanon Valley College at Bowman Field (2), noon
Friday, March 30 – at Cabrini University (2), noon
Saturday, March 31 – at Pitt-Bradford (2), 1 p.m.
Saturday, April 7 – host Cazenovia College (NEAC) at Bowman Field (2), 1 p.m.
Sunday, April 8 – host Wells College (NEAC) at Bowman Field (2), noon
Wednesday, April 11 – host King’s College at Bowman Field (2), 4:30 p.m.

Softball
Overall: 5-7
Thursday, March 15 – at Wilkes University (2), ppd. to April 19
Wednesday, March 21 – at Susquehanna University (2), 3 p.m.
Saturday, March 24 – host Potsdam State at Elm Park (2), 2 p.m.
Saturday, March 31 – host Morrisville State College (NEAC) at Elm Park (2), 3 p.m.
Tuesday, April 3 – at Cazenovia College (NEAC, 2), 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 7 – at Wilson College (NEAC, 2), 1 p.m.
Sunday, April 8 – at Penn State Berks (NEAC, 2), noon
Friday, April 13 – at Keuka College (NEAC, 2), 3 p.m.

Men’s Tennis
Friday, March 30 – host Elmira College, 4 p.m.

Women’s Tennis
Monday, April 2 – host Misericordia University, 3 p.m.

Golf
Monday, April 2 – Dutchmen Spring Invitational at Lebanon Valley College, noon

Archery
Saturday-Sunday, April 14-15 – Adam Wheatcroft Memorial, Harrisonburg, Va.
Saturday-Sunday, April 21-22 – Outdoor Eastern Regionals, Bloomfield, N.J.

For more about NEAC, visit the conference website.

For more information, visit the Wildcat Athletics website.

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