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Penn College spring sports teams start conference play


Pennsylvania College of Technology baseball, softball, and men’s and women’s tennis teams got their North Eastern Athletic Conference seasons underway over the weekend. On Monday, the college’s golf team is scheduled to begin its season in the Lebanon Valley College Dutchmen Spring Invitational at Lebanon Country Club.

Baseball
In nonconference play on Wednesday at Penn State Harrisburg, a team that will be in the NEAC next season, Penn College committed six errors and fell, 13-9. Alex Flicker, of Topton, ended the game with three hits, including two doubles, and five runs batted in for the Wildcats while Colton Riley, of Danville, had three hits and scored twice and Brittan Kittle, of Millville, had two hits, including a home run, and scored four times. Starting pitcher Nathan Holt, of Shippensburg, went two innings and took the loss.

Penn College made a statement in its NEAC opener on Saturday against Lancaster Bible College as five players hit six home runs in a combined 23-hit attack that saw it win by scores of 6-4 and 17-3. A four-run second inning – highlighted by homers from Rylan Whitmyer, of Williamsport; a two-run shot by Alex Zelger, of Red Lion; and a solo belt by Jacob Carles, of Bernville – set the tone in the first game. Starting pitcher Holt went the seven-inning distance, walking two and striking out 10, to even his record at 2-2. In the second game, Carles hit his second home run while Kittle and Flicker also went yard. Carles and Flicker each went 3 for 4 hitting with five RBIs while Kittle was 4 for 6 with two RBIs. Starting pitcher Devon Sanders, of Bloomsburg, fanned seven in eight innings of work and didn’t allow a walk while earning his first win against three losses.

Wrapping up its weekend three-game NEAC series against Lancaster Bible on Sunday, the Wildcats won, 12-7, to go to 3-0 in the conference and 5-9 overall. Colton Riley, of Danville, got into the home run action and ended the day with two hits, three RBIs and three runs scored. Also standing out on offense for Penn College were Kittle with three hits (including the 100th of his career), two RBIs and three runs scored, Flicker with two hits and two RBIs and Carles with two hits and three runs scored. Starting pitcher Cody Nelson, of South Williamsport, went six innings, fanned seven and improved to 2-1.

In North Eastern Athletic Conference action this week (records through Sunday): At Keuka College (4-11 overall, 1-2 NEAC), 2, 1 p.m. Saturday; at Keuka College, 1 p.m. Sunday.

Last meeting vs. Keuka College: L, 7-5; W, 10-5 on April 14.

NEAC standings through Sunday: Penn College 3-0, Penn State Abington 3-0, Wells College 2-1, SUNY Cobleskill 2-1, Penn State Berks 1-2, Keuka College 1-2, Cazenovia College 0-0, SUNY Poly 0-0, Gallaudet University 0-3, Lancaster Bible College 0-3.

Statistically speaking in the NEAC: Sanders is No. 1 with a 1.38 earned run average, Carles and Kittle are tied for third with 2 home runs, Holt is third with 27 strikeouts, Andrew Gilbert, of Yardley, is tied for third with one save.

Softball
Hosting defending conference champion Penn State Berks in their NEAC opener on Saturday, the Wildcats were blanked twice, by scores of 8-0 in six innings and 2-0, as their six-game win streak was snapped. The Wildcats now are 6-6 overall and 0-2 in the conference. In the first game, Penn College was limited to two hits. Starting Wildcats’ pitcher Kyla Benner, of Bethlehem, suffered her first loss of the year after two wins. In the second game, Penn College was held to four hits and committed three errors as pitcher Morgan Heritage, of New Castle, Delaware, saw her record go to 3-3 on the season.

A week ago in nonconference play against Keystone College, Liz Asher, of East Stroudsburg, picked up her 100th career hit as a Wildcat.

In North Eastern Athletic Conference action this week (records through Sunday): Host SUNY Poly (2-10 overall, 0-2 NEAC), 2, 1 p.m. Saturday; host Morrisville State College (0-10 overall, 0-0 NEAC), 2, noon Sunday.

Last meeting vs. SUNY Poly: W, 7-3, on May 3.

Last meeting vs. Morrisville State College: W, 9-3; W, 8-1 on March 31, 2018.

NEAC South Division standings through Sunday: Penn State Abington 4-0, Penn State Berks 2-0, College of St. Elizabeth 3-1, Lancaster Bible College 1-3, Penn College 0-2, Gallaudet University 0-4.

NEAC North Division standings through Sunday: Keuka College 2-0, SUNY Cobleskill 2-0, Cazenovia College 0-0, Morrisville State College 0-0, SUNY Poly 0-2, Wells College 0-2.

Statistically speaking in the NEAC: Heritage is third with a 1.97 ERA and second with 42 strikeouts.

Men’s tennis
On Friday in its NEAC opener, Penn College lost at Lancaster Bible College, 5-4. Winning both their singles and doubles matches for the Wildcats were Tucker Phillippe-Johansson, of Mattituck, New York, at No. 2 singles and No. 2 doubles, and Will DeMarco, of Glen Mills, at No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles.

In conference play on Saturday at Penn State Berks, the Wildcats won, 6-3, to even their NEAC record at 1-1 and go to 3-3 overall. Winning in both singles and doubles were Phillippe-Johansson at No. 2 singles and No. 2 doubles and DeMarco at No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles.

In North Eastern Athletic Conference action this week (records through Sunday): Host College of St. Elizabeth (0-3 overall, 0-1 NEAC), noon Saturday; host Penn State Abington (5-3 overall, 1-0 NEAC), 11 a.m. Sunday.

Last meeting vs. College of St. Elizabeth: W, 9-0, on April 5.

Last meeting vs. Penn State Abington: W, 5-4, on April 21.

NEAC standings through Sunday: Lancaster Bible College 1-0, Penn State Abington 1-0, Penn College 1-1, Penn State Berks 0-1, College of St. Elizabeth 0-1.

Women’s tennis
In their season and NEAC opener on Friday at Lancaster Bible College, the Wildcats lost, 9-0.

Right back in conference action on Saturday at Penn State Berks, Penn College fell, 9-0, to go to 0-2 in the NEAC and 0-5 overall.

In North Eastern Athletic Conference action this week (records through Sunday): Host College of St. Elizabeth (0-3 overall, 0-1 NEAC), noon Saturday; host Penn State Abington (3-4 overall, 1-0 NEAC), 11 a.m. Sunday.

Last meeting vs. College of St. Elizabeth: W, 6-3, on April 5.

Last meeting vs. Penn State Abington: L, 8-1, on April 21.

NEAC standings through Sunday: Lancaster Bible College 1-0, Penn State Abington 1-0, Penn State Berks 1-0, College of St. Elizabeth 0-1, Penn College 0-2.

SCHEDULE/RECORDS/RESULTS
Baseball
Overall: 5-9
NEAC: 3-0
Tuesday, March 26 – at Lebanon Valley College, canceled
Wednesday, March 27 – at Penn State Harrisburg, L, 13-9
Saturday, March 30 – host Lancaster Bible College (NEAC, 2) at Central Columbia High, W, 6-4; W, 17-3
Sunday, March 31 – host Lancaster Bible College (NEAC) at Central Columbia High, W, 12-7
Wednesday, April 3—host Penn State DuBois at Bowman Field, 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 6 – at Keuka College (NEAC, 2), 1 p.m.
Sunday, April 7 – at Keuka College (NEAC), 1 p.m.
Tuesday, April 9 – at Penn State Altoona (2), 1 p.m.
Wednesday, April 10 – host King’s College at Bowman Field, 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 13 – at Penn State Berks (NEAC, 2), 1 p.m.
Sunday, April 14 – at Penn State Berks (NEAC), noon
Wednesday, April 17 – host Mt. Aloysius at Bowman Field, 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 18 – host Cabrini University at Bowman Field, 3:30 p.m.
Friday, April 19 – host Penn State Abington (NEAC) at Bowman Field, 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 20 – host Penn State Abington (NEAC, 2) at Bowman Field, noon
Tuesday, April 23 – at Mansfield University (2), 1 p.m.
Saturday, April 27 – at Gallaudet University (NEAC, 2), 1 p.m.
Sunday, April 28 – at Gallaudet University (NEAC), noon
Tuesday, April 30 – host Juniata College (2) at Bowman Field, 1 p.m.
Friday, May 3 – host SUNY Poly at Bowman Field, 3 p.m.
Saturday, May 4 – host SUNY Poly at Bowman Field, noon
Tuesday, May 7 – NEAC playoffs begin, TBA
Friday, May 10 – NEAC Championship Tournament, TBA

Softball
Overall: 6-6
NEAC: 0-2
Saturday, March 30 – host Penn State Berks (NEAC, 2) at Elm Park, L, 2-0; L, 8-0 in 6 innings
Sunday, March 31 – at Penn State Harrisburg (2), ppd.
Monday, April 1 – host Penn State Hazleton (2) at Elm Park, 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 3 – host Lycoming College (2) at Elm Park, 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 6 – host SUNY Poly (NEAC, 2) at Elm Park, 1 p.m.
Sunday, April 7 – host Morrisville State College (NEAC, 2) at Elm Park, noon
Tuesday, April 9 – at Susquehanna University (2), 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 13 – at Cazenovia College (NEAC, 2), 1 p.m.
Sunday, April 14 – at Wells College (NEAC, 2), noon
Friday, April 19 – host Gallaudet University (NEAC, 2) at Elm Park, 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 20 – host Lancaster Bible College (NEAC, 2) at Elm Park, 1 p.m.
Friday, April 26 – at Penn State Abington (NEAC, 2), 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 27 – at College of St. Elizabeth (NEAC, 2), 1 p.m.
Tuesday, April 30 – NEAC playoffs begin, TBA
Friday, May 3 – NEAC Final Four, TBA

Men’s Tennis
Overall: 3-3 (1-2 fall)
NEAC: 1-1
Friday, March 29 – at Lancaster Bible College (NEAC), L, 5-4
Saturday, March 30 – at Penn State Berks (NEAC), W, 6-3
Sunday, March 31 – at Misericordia University, ppd.
Saturday, April 6 – host College of St. Elizabeth (NEAC), noon
Sunday, April 7 – host Penn State Abington (NEAC), 11 a.m.
Saturday, April 13 – host Marywood University, 1 p.m.
Thursday-Friday, April 25-26 – NEAC Championships at Birchwood Tennis Center, Clarks Summit

Women’s Tennis
Overall: 0-5 (0-3 fall)
NEAC: 0-2
Friday, March 29 – at Lancaster Bible College (NEAC), L, 9-0
Saturday, March 30 – at Penn State Berks (NEAC), L, 9-0
Sunday, March 31 – at Misericordia University, ppd.
Saturday, April 6 – host College of St. Elizabeth (NEAC), noon
Sunday, April 7 – host Penn State Abington (NEAC), 11 a.m.
Saturday, April 13 – host Marywood University, 1 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, April 26-27 – NEAC Championships at Birchwood Tennis Center, Clarks Summit

Golf
Monday, April 1 – Lebanon Valley College Dutchmen Spring Invitational at Lebanon Country Club, noon
Saturday-Sunday, April 6-7 – Susquehanna Invitational at Susquehanna Valley Country Club, TBA
Wednesday, April 10 – Keuka College Spring Invitational at Lakeside Country Club, 10 a.m.
Tuesday, April 16 – Gettysburg College Spring Invitational at Hanover Country Club, 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 23 – Elmira College Spring Invitational at Elmira County Club, 11 a.m.
Saturday-Sunday, April 27-28 – NEAC Championships at Foxchase Golf Club, Stevens

Archery
Saturday-Sunday, April 13-14 – Adam Wheatcroft Memorial/U.S. Archery East Regionals at James Madison University
Thursday-Sunday, May 16-19 – U.S. National Outdoor Collegiate Championships at Darree Fields Park, Dublin, Ohio.

For more about NEAC, visit the conference website.

For more information, visit the Wildcat Athletics website.

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