Penn College Golfers Seek Conference Championship

Published 04.17.2016

Wildcat Weekly

Outdoor temperatures are going up and Pennsylvania College of Technology golf coach Matt Haile is hopeful that the scores of his golfers continue to go down heading into next weekend’s North Eastern Athletic Conference championships.

Action will be staged Saturday and Sunday on the 6,163-yard, par-70 Cobleskill Golf and Country Club in Cobleskill, New York.

“The guys are starting to come around, they’re starting to get their swings back,” said Haile, in his seventh season.

In its final tuneup before the championships, Penn College finished fourth in an eight-team field on Wednesday at the Keuka College Spring Invitational as Ned Baumbach, of Elizabethtown, shot a 78 and placed fourth individually. Also for the Wildcats, Justin Greedy, of Turbotville, tied for 13th with an 83; Tyler Marks, of Forked River, New Jersey, was 23rd with an 87; and Mike Johnson, of Towanda, 26th with an 89; while Alex Stashik, of Nanticoke, fired a 91; Mike Lautensack, of Berwyn, a 97; and Ryen Persun, of Linden, a 98.

“They’re been working hard as far as just getting reps (repetitions) in. I’ve been stressing that since the beginning of the season … Going to the range, working on the short game, putting. I think it’s paying off. Scores are coming down, so that’s a good sign leading into our championships. We just need them all to play together and put up a good score for two days,” the coach said.

A practice round on Friday will precede competition over the weekend.

“It’s probably the shortest course that we played all season. It’s the type of course that you have to be accurate with your irons because it has small greens. You can’t just go out and bang the driver around; you’ve got to be precise with your shots, think about where you want to be with your second shot,” Haile said. “It’s the type of course that you don’t need to overpower, you just need to keep the ball in play and manage the course well.

“They (Wildcat golfers) played the course in the fall. They know the course and they know what they need to do, so it’s just a matter of staying focused and not getting down on themselves if they hit a bad shot,” Haile said.

Representing the college will be Baumbach, Greedy, Marks, Johnson and Persun.

“It’s good to see that their scores are coming down. It’s just a matter of continuing that. We’ve got this week to tighten up some things in their game and I look forward to seeing how they do," Haile added. "We have the talent. I think we can be competitive."

After two early-week weather postponements, which came after two postponements the week before, Penn College got back in action on Wednesday at Alfred State College and won both games, 5-2 and 2-0. In the first game, Jeremy Rall, of Williamsport, was one of three Penn College players who had two hits, including the 100th of his collegiate career. He also scored twice and drove in a run to help back the two-hit pitching of Cody Nelson, of South Williamsport, and reliever Max Bair, of Centre Hall. In the nightcap, four Penn College pitchers limited winless Alfred State to three hits in the shutout and Aaron Palmer, of Hanover, improved to 4-0 on the mound.

One day later, Penn College dropped a doubleheader at NCAA Division II Mansfield University by scores of 11-1 and 13-3. In the opener, the Wildcats were limited to two singles. In the second game, Mansfield took an 8-0 lead after two innings and two Mountie pitchers scattered six singles.

On Saturday at home in NEAC play, Penn College fell to Penn State Berks, 13-1 and 11-7. In the first game, Berks led 4-1 after six innings before erupting for another nine runs in the last two frames. The Wildcats managed just five hits and struck out 11 times. In the second game, Berks used an eight-run second inning to secure its win. Cole Weachock, of Pottsville, homered and Rall, who had two hits and drove in a run for Penn College in the opener, added a hit and drove in two runs as the Wildcats dropped to 10-15 overall and 1-3 in the conference.

At crosstown rival Lycoming College on Wednesday, Penn College split, winning 3-2 and losing 8-0. In the first game for the Wildcats, pitcher Amanda Kustanbauter, of Muncy, limited the Warriors to five hits over seven innings. Tiana McCormick, of Williamsport, had two hits and scored a run for Penn College. In the second game, three Wildcat pitchers allowed just three hits but gave up 18 walks in the loss. Kelsey Gantz, of South Williamsport, had two of Penn College’s four hits.

Seeing NEAC action for the first time this season on Friday, Penn College swept Morrisville State at Elm Park by scores of 12-1 and 8-0. In the first game, the Wildcats used a five-run first inning and five-run fifth to ice things as Kustanbauter tossed a one-hitter, striking out seven and walking one. On offense, Elizabeth Asher, of East Stroudsburg, had two hits, drove in three runs and scored twice. In the second game, Asher added two more hits, including a triple, and drove in two more runs while Nicole Lo Furno, of Glen Mills, went 3 for 4 with a triple and five RBIs. Pitcher Taylor Brooks, of Cogan Station, threw a four-hit shutout, fanning 11.

Penn College stayed perfect in conference play on Saturday at home against SUNY Cobleskill as it won by scores of 8-1 and 8-3 to go to 10-7 overall and 4-0 in the NEAC. In the first game, Brooks went 3 for 4 with two triples and two runs batted in. Kustanbauter won on the mound, fanning eight, to improve to 5-3. In the second game, Brooks improved to 3-2 on the mound, striking out 10 in the process, and aided her own cause with a pair of hits.

Men’s, Women's Tennis
In NEAC action April 10 hosting Penn State Abington, both the Penn College men and women were blanked, 9-0.

On Saturday in nonconference play against King’s College, the men fell 8-1, with Chris Morrin, of Morrisville, getting the lone Penn College win at No. 2 singles; and the women lost 9-0. The men’s team fell to 1-9 overall and 0-3 in the NEAC and the women’s squad dropped to 2-8 overall and 2-2 in the NEAC.

Overall record: 10-15
NEAC record: 1-3
Sunday, April 10 – host Keuka College at Bowman Field (NEAC) (2), ppd. to May 1
Tuesday, April 12 – at Mansfield University (2), ppd. to April 14
Wednesday, April 13 – at Alfred State College, W, 5-2; W, 2-0
Thursday, April 14 – at Mansfield University, L, 11-1; L, 13-3
Saturday, April 16 – host Penn State Berks at Bowman Field (NEAC), L, 13-1; L, 11-7
Sunday, April 17 – host Penn State Abington at Bowman Field (NEAC) (2), noon
Tuesday, April 19 – host Juniata College at Bowman Field, 3 p.m.
Friday, April 22 – at Lancaster Bible College (NEAC) (2), 1 p.m.
Saturday, April 23 – at Gallaudet University (NEAC) (2), noon
Tuesday, April 26 – host King’s College at Bowman Field, 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 27 – at Elmira College, 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 30 – at Cazenovia College (NEAC) (2), 1 p.m.
Friday-Sunday, May 6-8 – NEAC playoffs, TBA

Overall record: 10-7
NEAC record: 4-0
Wednesday, April 13 – at Lycoming College, W, 3-2; L, 8-0
Friday, April 15 – host Morrisville State at Elm Park (NEAC), W, 12-1 in 5 innings; W, 8-0
Saturday, April 16 – host SUNY Cobleskill at Elm Park (NEAC), W, 8-1; W, 10-3
Sunday, April 17 – host SUNY Poly at Elm Park (NEAC) (2), 1 p.m.
Tuesday, April 19 – at Alfred University (2), 3 p.m.
Wednesday, April 20 – host Keuka College (NEAC) (2), 3 p.m.
Friday, April 22 – at Cazenovia College (NEAC) (2), 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 23 – at Cazenovia College (NEAC) (2), 1 p.m.
Sunday, April 24 – at Morrisville State College (NEAC) (2), noon
Monday, April 25 – at Elmira College (2), 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 28 – at SUNY Poly (NEAC) (2), 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 30 – at Keuka College (NEAC) (2), 1 p.m.
Sunday, May 1 – at SUNY Cobleskill (NEAC) (2), noon
Friday-Sunday, May 6-8 – NEAC playoffs, TBA

Men’s Tennis
Overall record: 1-9
NEAC record: 0-3
Sunday, April 10 – host Penn State Abington (NEAC), L, 9-0
Saturday, April 16 – at King’s College, L, 8-1
Friday, April 22 – at Keuka College (NEAC), 3 p.m.
Friday-Sunday, April 29-May 1 – NEAC/NAC divisional tournament at Clarks Summit
Sunday, May 8 – NEAC/NAC Championship at Latham, N.Y.

Women’s Tennis
Overall record: 2-8
NEAC record: 2-2
Sunday, April 10 – host Penn State Abington (NEAC), L, 9-0
Saturday, April 16 – at King’s College, L, 9-0
Friday, April 22 – at Keuka College (NEAC), 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 23 – at Wells College (NEAC), noon
Wednesday-Friday, April 27-29 – NEAC/NEC divisional tournament at Clarks Summit
Sunday, May 8 – NEAC/NEC Championship at Latham, N.Y.

Wednesday, April 13 – at Keuka College Invitational, finished fourth in an eight-team field
Saturday-Sunday, April 23-24 – NEAC Championships at Cobleskill, N.Y.
(End of season)

Saturday, Sunday, April 23-24 – Eastern Outdoor Regionals and Adam Wheatcroft Memorial at Harrisonburg, Va.

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