Spring 2014 Baseball: PSU Mont Alto
April 13, 2014
PSU Mont Alto scored first in both games
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – The Pennsylvania College of Technology baseball team held off a feisty Penn State Mont Alto squad to sweep a conference doubleheader Sunday. The Wildcats won 9-2 in game one and 10-9 in the second, getting the winning run in the bottom of the seventh with two outs. Freshman Nicholas Pupo (Lewistown) notched the victory in the opener while junior Zachary Buterbaugh (Conestoga) did in game two. With the wins, the Wildcats now improve to 16-7 overall and 10-2 in the Penn State University Athletic Conference.
In the opener, Mont Alto scored in the first off a hit. Senior Cody Buterbaugh (Conestoga) recorded an RBI in the bottom of the inning to even it out. Still tied in the third, Penn College plated two, this time off an error and an RBI sac fly from senior Josh Longsderff (Columbia)
At 3-2 in the fourth, the Wildcats scored two more runs off another error and RBI groundout from sophomore Jeremy Rall (Williamsport). They tacked on another two in the fifth off RBI hits from Zachary Buterbaugh and freshman Cole Weachock (Pottsville).
Penn College closed out the game with two more runs in the sixth including an RBI single from sophomore Tanner Kibe (Reedsville).
Pupo went the distance allowing only an earned run off of four hits while striking out 10. The Wildcats totaled eight hits with Weachock and junior Zachary Weil (Kutztown) recording two each.
In game two, both teams turned up the offense totaling 20 hits between the two. The Lions again struck first notching four runs off of junior starter Matthew Demilio (Greensburg) in the first.
Demilio pitched the first 3 1/3 innings allowing eight earned runs off of 10 hits with four strikeouts.
Penn College made it a 4-3 game in the bottom of the opening innings as Longsderff recorded the big hit with a two-RBI single. He finished the game with three RBI.
Off of junior reliever James Scully (Middletown, Del.), Mont Alto plated a runs in the fourth for the 9-4 lead. He settled down after, pitching scoreless fifth and sixth innings with a strikeout.
Penn College got to work chipping away at the lead with three runs in the fourth and another in the fifth making it a 9-8 game. Longsderff, Weachock, and sophomore James Simasek (Landenberg) all recorded RBI in the innings.
It all came down to the Wildcat’s last at-bats. With a runner on first and two outs, they remained calm drawing a walk and a hit batter to load the bases. Weachock was hit to tie it up and then sophomore Rantz Mahaffey (Linden) ended the game reaching on a throwing error to score the winner.
Zachary Buterbaugh pitched the seventh for the win with a strikeout and no hits. Penn College totaled eight hits with Cody Buterbaugh 3 for 4 with two runs and Rall 3 for 5 with three runs.
Next up, Penn College hosts Wilkes University on Tuesday, Apr. 15 for a 7 p.m. game.