Spring 2012 Baseball: PSUAC Championships - Pullman Park, Butler, Pa. #1 PSU Beaver
April 27, 2012
The loss eliminates the Wildcats from the PSUAC tournament
BUTLER, Pa. – With two outs and two strikes on the batter in the bottom of the seventh, a passed ball eliminated the Pennsylvania College of Technology baseball team from the Penn State University Athletic Conference playoffs as #1 Penn State Beaver won 5-4. The Lions had a runner on third with no outs, but freshman pitcher Zachary Buterbaugh (Conestoga) looked to be getting out of the jam with two straight strikeouts. With a 2-2 count in his favor, Buterbaugh delivered the pitch that just got by catcher Matt King (Southampton) allowing Beaver the victory. The loss is the second in the double elimination tournament and sends the Wildcats home. Senior Thomas Hughes (Easton) had two hits and an RBI in the loss.
Penn College (23-12, 14-6 PSUAC) sent out junior Harrison Myers (Lebanon) to start the game. He went four innings allowing two runs and striking out three.
Senior Jared Johnson (Wyalusing) hit a big two-out triple to score two runs and give the Wildcats the lead in the first. Beaver responded in the bottom as Zack DelTurco hit a double to score a leadoff walk cutting the lead to 2-1.
Senior Zachary Smith (Middletown) made a great catch to save Beaver from tying it up diving at the warning track, but the lead was erased in the fourth after Beaver scored a run on three singles.
Sophomore Cody Buterbaugh (Conestoga) hit an RBI sacrifice fly to score pinch runner, freshman Nicholas Fazio (Norristown) in the fifth making it 3-2.
After reliever Zachary Yetter (Thompsontown) walked a batter in the sixth, sophomore Jarod Bull (Jacobus) came in relief and allowed a home run giving Beaver the 4-3 lead. Yetter finished the day with three strikeouts in 1.1 innings of work. Hughes then singled in the top of the seventh to tie the game up once more at four.
Penn College left 13 runners on base in the game including bases loaded twice. King had a good day at the plate with two hits as the team totaled seven for the game.
The Wildcats still have a possibility of continuing their season as they await the release of at-large bids from the United States Collegiate Athletic Association for its national tournament. Bids will be released early next week.