Spring 2013 Baseball: USCAA Championships - Butler, Pa. (Pullman Park) #7 Lindenwood Univ.-Belleville
May 6, 2013
Rantz Mahaffey put the Wildcats on the board in the first with a two-RBI single
BUTLER, Pa. – Despite leading through the first four innings, No. 10 Pennsylvania College of Technology lost 8-5 to No. 7 Lindenwood-Belleville University Monday in the opening game of the United State Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Small College World Series at Pullman Park. The Lynx pulled off a late-inning surge scoring the go-ahead runs in the fifth inning. The loss now places the Wildcats in the loser’s bracket of the double-elimination tournament.
Penn College (22-16) opened up the game with four runs in the first. With bases loaded, freshman James Simasek (Landenberg) hit a single up the middle to score two. After the Lynx pitching staff loaded the bases again, it was freshman Rantz Mahaffey (Linden) who came up with the single to score two more. He ended his day with two hits.
Lindenwood cut the lead in half scoring two off of Longsderff off of two extra-base hits in the bottom.
Sophomore Zachary Weil (Kutztown) hit an RBI single in the second to make it 5-2. The Wildcats looked to add to the lead in the third when Mahaffey tried to score on a single from freshman Jeremy Rall (Williamsport) but was thrown out at the plate.
Rall finished 3 for 4 with a stolen base.
With the game at 5-3 in the fourth, a costly error by Penn College allowed the Lynx to put together a small rally and score a run to bring it to within one. They used the momentum going into the fifth scoring three runs off of Longsderff, ending his day and taking the 7-5 lead. Sophomore Matthew Demilio (Greensburg) came in relief getting out the next two batters ending the threat.
Longsderff finished pitching 4 1/3, with two strikeouts, six earned runs and nine hits.
Lindenwood-Belleville (24-20) scored one more run in the sixth ending its tally for the game. The Wildcats threatened getting the tying runs on base in both the sixth and seventh but could not get the clutch hit.
Demilio finished with three hits and a run in 1 2/3.
As a team, Penn College out-hit the Lynx 13-11. Sophomore Zachary Buterbaugh (Conestoga) was 2 for 3 with two runs.
The Wildcats will play the loser of No. 8 St. Joseph’s – Brooklyn and No. 9 Briarcliffe College. The win or go-home game will be played at 8:30 a.m.