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Spring 2014 Baseball: Spring BreakTournament - Myrtle Beach, S.C. Spoon River CC

March 10, 2014

The Wildcats edged out Spoon River 12-10

The Wildcats edged out Spoon River 12-10

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The Pennsylvania College of Technology baseball team split two games on day two of the Ripken Experience Spring Break Tournament in Myrtle Beach Monday. The Wildcats downed Spoon River Community College 12-10 in an extra innings battle but fell 11-3 to a strong West Virginia Wesleyan squad. With the split, Penn College is now 3-1 overall.

In the early game against Spoon River, the Wildcats jumped out to a 7-0 lead through the first five innings scoring in every inning but the second. Junior starter Matthew Demilio (Greensburg) threw four strong innings but got into a jam in the fifth as Spoon River scored four runs ending his day early. He finished with 4 2/3 work, five strikeouts and six hits.

Up 7-4 in the sixth, sophomore James Simasek (Landenberg) hit a two-out, bases loaded single to score two. Spoon River came back to score five in the sixth and tie the game at nine. A scoreless seventh sent it to extras.

In the top of the eighth, Penn College put its first two batters on the bases. Simasek and freshman Darien Ebersole (Pequea) each had RBI hits in the inning capped off by sophomore Rantz Mahaffey (Linden) stealing home for a total of three runs in the inning. Spoon River could only muster a run in the bottom.

Junior James Scully (Middletown, Del) recorded the win in relief pitching the last 2 1/3 innings allowing a run and a hit. Freshman Kyle Fox (Fleetwood) relieved Demilio in the game pitching one inning and allowing five runs, four earned, four hits and notching a strikeout.

For the game, junior Zachary Buterbaugh (Conestoga) was 2-2 with two stolen bases while Simasek had the standout game at the plate going 4-5 with four RBI.

Against Wesleyan, the Wildcat offense struggled totaling only four hits. They jumped out to a 1-0 lead with senior Cody Buterbaugh (Conestoga) hitting a single to score Zachary Buterbaugh in the first.

They held onto the lead until the third when Wesleyan scored eight runs, most off of walks and hit batsmen. The team tacked on three more runs in the fourth and fifth. Penn College scored is remaining two runs in the fifth when Cody Buterbaugh knocked in freshmen Dylan Scarangi (Coatesville) and Gregory Elliot (Parker) who singled to get on base.

For the game, Cody Buterbaugh was 2-3 with all three RBI.

Junior John Rodriguez-McKeon (Stroudsburg) recorded the loss going 3 2/3 with four walks, three hit batters, one strikeout and seven earned runs. Freshman Christopher Glunk (Jersey Shore) followed him in relief with two innings of work allowing eight hits and four runs. Freshman Zachary Pepperman (Montoursville) finished the game allowing no runs or hits.

Penn College next takes on Penn State Schuylkill on Tuesday, Mar. 11 for a 10 a.m. game.

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