Penn College Golf, Women's Tennis Seasons End

Published 05.01.2016

Wildcat Weekly

As the season neared completion for the Pennsylvania College of Technology baseball and softball teams, it came to an end last week for golfers and women’s tennis players.

Two Penn College freshmen – Ned Baumbach, of Elizabethtown, and Mike Johnson, of Towanda – earned North Eastern Athletic Conference Third Team honors after end-of-the-season championship competition April 22-23 on the par-70, 6,163-yard Cobleskill Golf and Country Club course. Baumbach had rounds of 87-76–163 and placed 11th individually and Johnson had rounds of 81-83–164 and tied for 12th. Due to a program scoring error, the NEAC listed a former Penn College golfer rather than Johnson as competing in the first round.

“I’ve got to hand it to Mike, he kind of struggled early on. His scores have been coming down, but he had a great weekend. He was consistent … and that’s what we need; that consistency throughout our lineup,” seventh-year coach Matt Haile said.

“It was great to see Ned rebound. … To see him shoot that first score was kind of surprising. It was windy … but all-in-all it was a great finish for them,” Haile added.

Also for Penn College, freshman Justin Greedey, of Turbotville, shot 89-87–176 and tied for 24th; sophomore Tyler Marks, of Forked River, New Jersey, shot 85-97–182 and tied for 31st; and freshman Ryen Persun, of Linden, shot 94-99–193 and ended 37th in a 41-player field.

In team competition, Penn College ended sixth among eight. Rutgers-Camden took the team title for a fourth straight year after shooting a combined 611 and now advances to the NCAA Division III Championship. It was followed by SUNY Cobleskill, 629; Morrisville State College, 668; Penn State Abington, 677; Keuka College, 683; Penn College, 685; Penn State Berks, 698; and Bryn Athyn, 805.

“We were the sixth seed coming into it and I thought we were better than the sixth seed, but it just didn’t happen,” Haile said.

“It was a learning experience. We’re a young team, we’ve got to remember that. We’re working hard and we’re building the program. We’re getting there,” he continued.

“Looking toward the fall … I’m returning the full (starting) squad. I expect them to be playing all summer to sharpen up on their game. Now that they have a year under their belt, especially the freshmen adapting to the college atmosphere and time management, now that they have that first year under their belt they know what to expect and they know what they need to do. Mentally, I think they will be a little better off for the fall,” the coach said.

“On paper right now, we’ve got some recruits coming in for the fall. I’m pretty excited to see these new guys come in. I think we’re going to have some intrasquad competition that will add another dynamic to it … where they’re vying for a (playing) spot every week.”

Five Penn College tennis players — two women and three men — competed over the weekend in the NEAC/NAC Championships at Birchwood Tennis Club in Clarks Summit. For the women, freshman Carolyn Krasley, of Ephrata, was seeded third at No. 2 singles and Jane Herman, of Greencastle, was seeded fourth at No. 5 singles. For the men, senior Ben Leibig, of Lebanon, was seeded fourth at No. 1 singles; senior Chris Morrin, of Morrisville, was seeded third at No. 2 singles; and freshman Ethan Rosler, of Bloomsburg, was seeded third at No. 3 singles. At No. 1 men’s doubles, Leibig and Morrin were seeded fourth.

In women’s competition on Thursday and Friday, Herman went 1-1 and ended third, earning Third Team West All-Conference honors, and Krasley went 0-2 and finished fourth. For the season, Herman was 7-5 overall and Krasley 3-11.

In men’s North Atlantic Conference Doubles Championships on Saturday, Leibig-Morrin knocked off the top seeds in their first match before losing in the finale to finish second. Singles competition was scheduled Sunday.

Hosting King’s College in nonconference action on Tuesday, the Wildcats lost, 2-0. The top of the Penn College order accounted for all of the team’s hits as Cole Hoffman, of Newtown, had three hits; Jeremy Rall, of Williamsport, two hits; and Dylan Scaringi, of Coatesville, the other one, but the Wildcats failed to push any runs across as 11 runners were stranded on base.

In an 11-2 nonconference loss at Elmira College on Wednesday, Hoffman added two hits to up his team-leading batting average to .321.

On Saturday at Cazenovia College, Penn College won, 13-3, and lost, 7-5, to go to 13-23 overall and 4-8 in the NEAC.

In the conference standings through Saturday, Penn State Abington was 12-2; Penn State Berks, 10-4; Lancaster Bible, 9-5; SUNY Poly, 9-5; Keuka College, 5-7; Penn College, 4-8; Gallaudet University, 4-10; and Cazenovia College, 1-13. The top four earned post-season playoff positions. Penn College was the defending champion.

On April 24 in NEAC play at Morrisville State, Penn College won by scores of 6-2 and 16-4, snapping its four-game losing streak. In the first game, Elizabeth Asher, of East Stroudsburg, had a double and drove in three runs and Maddie Wenk, of Biglerville, singled in two runs to pace the Wildcats offense. In the nightcap, the Wildcats erupted for nine runs in the first inning and seven in the seventh. Asher homered and ended the game with three RBIs while Taylor Krow, of Mechanicsburg, had three hits, including two triples, and drove in six runs and Taylor Brooks, of Cogan Station, had a double, home run and also drove in three runs.

Stepping out of the conference on Tuesday at Elmira College, Penn College split, losing 8-0 and winning 4-0. In the opener, the Wildcats had seven hits and left seven on base. In the second game, Lauren Stehman, of Elliottsburg, tossed a three-hit shutout as Krow, Wenk and Asher each had two hits and drove in a run.

Entering a critical stretch with a conference playoff spot in the balance, the Wildcats split at North Division second-place SUNY Poly on Thursday, winning 1-0 and losing 1-0. In the first game, pitcher Amanda Kustanbauter, of Muncy, threw a five-hit shutout, striking out four and walking only one, while Wenk doubled to drive in Kelsey Gantz, of South Williamsport, with the game’s only run in the second inning. In the nightcap, Poly pushed the only run of the game across the plate in the bottom of the seventh.

At North Division-leading Keuka College on Saturday, Penn College split with a 2-1 win and 6-1 loss in going to 17-18 overall and 10-8 in the conference. In the first game, Kustanbauter recorded the shutout and RBI singles by Gantz and Nichole Lo Furno, of Glen Mills, in the third inning provided all of the offense the Wildcats needed. Keuka used a four-run third and two-run fourth, while limiting Penn College to four hits, to win the second game.

Through Saturday in the NEAC North Division, Keuka College was 14-4; SUNY Poly, 12-6; Cazenovia College, 13-7; Penn College, 10-8; Morrisville State, 5-15; and SUNY Cobleskill, 2-16. Penn State Berks led the South Division at 20-0. The top three teams in the North will advance to the playoffs.

Also, during the week it was announced that Krow had been named United States Collegiate Athletic Association Player of the Week. A freshman, Krow batted .528 with 19 hits, including two triples, two doubles and 11 RBIs. She highlighted her week against Morrisville State College when she had six RBIs and three hits in the victory for the Wildcats, which are ranked ninth in the USCAA Coaches Poll (as of April 29) and 11th in the standings.

Competing at Harrisonburg, Virginia, last weekend at the Eastern Outdoor Regionals hosted by James Madison University, Penn College senior Markus Weber, of La Plata, Maryland, and the mixed bowhunter team of Andrew Rupp, of Dayton, and Erica Gause, of Bloomsburg, won gold medals.

Weber's gold came in the male compound event and he was joined by three teammates who also medaled – Rupp and Gause earning silver in the men’s and women’s bowhunter divisions, respectively, and Abigail Hricko, of Nicholson, who picked up a bronze in women’s compound.

Logan Booth, of New Kensington, and Hricko teamed to take second in mixed compound, while the Wildcats finished second as team in men’s bowhunter, men's compound and men’s recurve.

Four Wildcats earned All-East honors, which combines their U.S. Indoor and Eastern Regional results. They were Rupp, Gause and male bowhunters Tyler Schoonover, of Bradford, and Adam Thomas, of Shade Gap.

“I am very pleased with how the team shot. Our qualifying scores were a little low for Saturday, but that was due to a few equipment failures and the weather. We did have a much better day on Sunday and the team was pleased,” said coach Chad Karstetter.

“This was our first outdoor event for most of the team and we learned a lot. We will be working on our failures for the next few weeks to get ready for nationals,” the coach said.

In addition, Rupp, Schoonover, Gause and male compound shooter Tim Lamont, of Eldred, were named to the USA Archery All-Academic team. To be eligible for the recognition, an archer must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and place in the top 25 percent at the U.S. Indoor Nationals. It was Schoonover's second-straight year on the team.

Penn College returns to action May 20-22 at the U.S. Outdoor Collegiate National Championships hosted by Michigan State University in East Lansing.

Award Winners
Four student-athletes received special honors from the college last week as junior Jordan Courter, of Mill Hall, a women’s soccer captain, and junior LaQuinn Thompson, of York, a men’s basketball player, were recognized as scholar athletes of the year while senior Robyn Beddow, of Lancaster, a women’s soccer captain, and sophomore Tyler Schoonover, of Bradford, an archer, were honored as athletes of the year.

Overall record: 13-23
NEAC record: 4-8
Tuesday, April 26 – host King’s College at Bowman Field, L, 2-0
Wednesday, April 27 – at Elmira College, L, 11-2
Saturday, April 30 – at Cazenovia College (NEAC), W, 13-3; L, 7-5
Sunday, May 1 – host Keuka College at Bowman Field (NEAC) (2), noon
Friday-Sunday, May 6-8 – NEAC playoffs, TBA

Overall record: 17-18
NEAC record: 10-8
Sunday, April 24 – at Morrisville State College (NEAC), W, 6-2; W, 16-4
Monday, April 25 – at Elmira College, L, 8-0; W, 4-0
Thursday, April 28 – at SUNY Poly (NEAC), W, 1-0; L, 1-0
Saturday, April 30 – at Keuka College (NEAC), W, 2-1; L, 6-1
Sunday, May 1 – at SUNY Cobleskill (NEAC) (2), noon
Friday-Sunday, May 6-8 – NEAC playoffs, TBA

Saturday-Sunday, April 23-24 – NEAC Championships at Cobleskill, N.Y., finished sixth in an eight-team field

Friday-Sunday, May 20-22 — U.S. Outdoor Collegiate National Championships at Michigan State University.

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