Spring 2014 Baseball: PSU Schuylkill
April 23, 2014
Tyler Cooklin struck out a season high 14 in game one
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Solidifying its second place spot in the Penn State University Athletic Conference, the Pennsylvania College of Technology swept Penn State Schuylkill 5-3 and 6-5 Wednesday. Junior Tyler Cooklin (Rippey, Iowa) struck out a season high 14 batters to win game one while freshman Christopher Glunk (Jersey Shore) won game two in relief in extra innings. The wins lift the Wildcats to a 15-3 conference record while improving to 21-8 overall.
In the opener, Cooklin opened the game striking out the side on his way to the season high mark. He got the run support early with the Wildcats scoring three in the first including a two-out, two-RBI single from senior Josh Longsderff (Columbia).
Schuylkill began chipping away at the lead with a run in the third and then another in fifth off a two-out error from Cooklin. Penn College responded in the bottom of the inning with two more runs off of RBI from junior Zachary Weil (Kutztown) and freshman Evan Vigna (McAdoo) making it a 5-2 game.
Cooklin looked to close out the game in the seventh but three walks and a single ended his day. He finished with two earned runs off of four hits and six walks in 6 2/3 innings.
Junior Zachary Buterbaugh (Conestoga) closed out the game getting the final out and the save with a strikeout. The Wildcats totaled six hits to Schuylkill’s four. Zachary Buterbaugh led the team with two including a double.
In the second game, the score line remained blank until the third when Schuylkill scored two hits and an error on freshman starter Nicholas Pupo (Lewistown). Penn College equalized in the bottom of the inning scoring two including an RBI single from senior Cody Buterbaugh (Conestoga).
Both teams traded runs in the fourth with sophomore Jeremy Rall (Williamsport) recording the RBI for the Wildcats with a bases-loaded walk. Schuylkill took back the lead with two runs off of two hits ending Pupo’s day. He finished throwing five innings allowing two earned runs off of five hits with four strikeouts.
Longsderff cut the lead to 5-4 in the bottom of the inning scoring on a throwing error. Another error, this time a passed ball, allowed Zachary Buterbaugh to score tying it all up. Longsderff led the seventh off with a double but the offense could not bring him home sending it into extras.
Penn College finally clinched it in the eighth when Zachary Buterbaugh scored from third with two outs on a wild pitch.
In the game, both teams struggled with control totaling 16 walks. Glunk recorded the win throwing three innings of relief with five strikeouts allowing only one hit and a walk. The Wildcats totaled four hits in the game.
Next up, Penn College travels to Penn State Brandywine on Saturday, Apr. 26 for a noon doubleheader.