Spring 2012 Baseball: USCAA National Championships - Springfield, Illinois #4 Clark State CC
May 8, 2012
Freshman Zachary Buterbaugh put the Wildcats up 3-2 in the second with an RBI single
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Despite leading 5-3 going into the final innings of the game, the Pennsylvania College of Technology baseball team fell 9-5 to #4 Clark State Community College (Ohio) at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Championships. The loss is the second in the double elimination tournament ending the Wildcats’ season. They finish the year with an overall record of 23-14.
Clark State capitalized on a passed ball to go up 2-0 in the first. The Wildcats countered in the second taking a 3-2 lead off of RBI singles from sophomore Cody Buterbaugh (Conestoga) and freshman Zachary Buterbaugh (Conestoga).
Cody Buterbaugh ended the game with two hits.
Back-to-back hits from the Eagles tied it up in the third. Penn College took back the lead in the fourth off a sacrifice fly from Zachary Buterbaugh. The team added another run in the fifth off an RBI single from freshman Zachary Smith (Middletown) making it 5-3.
It was a rough fifth inning as starter Josh Longsderff (Columbia) got into a bases loaded jam in as the Eagles tied it up with a double. Freshman John Rodriguez-McKeon (Stroudsburg) came in relief but had some command trouble allowing Clark State to score three more runs and go up 8-5. Sophomore Brian Santangelo (Middletown, Conn.) came in next and after walking in a run, shut down the offense to end the six-run surge.
Longsderff ended the day with three strikeouts and four earned runs.
Still down by four in the seventh, Penn College looked to make a two-out rally after senior Skylar Gingrich (Lititz) singled and senior Jared Johnson (Wyalusing) reached on an error. Freshman Travis Hendershot hit a fly ball to shallow center ending the threat and the Wildcats’ season.
Penn College finished the game with eight hits.