Wildcat Golfers Fourth in NEAC Play; Tennis Season Ending

Published 04.23.2017

Wildcat Weekly

Pennsylvania College of Technology golfers finished fourth in the North Eastern Athletic Conference Championships over the weekend, the season ends this week for college’s tennis teams and the baseball and softball squads continue their march toward postseason playoff spots.

In their final tuneup prior to the championships, the Wildcats ended eighth in a nine-team field at the Elizabethtown College Blue Jay Classic last Monday with a score of 350. Stevenson won the team competition with a 304. Individually for Penn College, Ned Baumbach, of Elizabethtown, finished first, tied for 29th overall, after shooting an 84, and Tyler Marks, of Forked River, New Jersey, was second, 34th overall, after shooting an 85.

After the first round of championship play on Saturday, Penn College was third with a 326 total, behind Rutgers-Camden, 308, and Penn State Berks, 325. Individually for the Wildcats, Ben Fails, of Hummelstown, shot a 79 and was tied for fourth, and Baumbach fired an 80 and was tied for seventh.

During the final round on Sunday, Baumbach shot an 82 and finished eighth with a 162 total; Fails shot an 86 to finish with a 165 and tie for 13th; Austin Moscariello, of New Columbia, had rounds of 85-86 – 171 and tied for 19th; Marks had rounds of 84-89 – 173 and tied for 23rd; and Michael Lautensack, of Berwyn, had rounds of 83-96 – 179 and tied for 34th.

Rutgers Camden took the title with a 617, followed by Penn State Berks 643, Penn State Abington 660, Penn College 669, SUNY Cobleskill 675, Morrisville State College 684, Keuka College 694, Bryn Athyn College 724 and Wilson College 914.

“We went out and played awesome on Saturday in the conditions that we had. It rained the entire time from start to finish and you have to give them a lot of credit for how they played in those conditions,” coach Matt Haile said.

That set the stage for Sunday, but scores crept up even through weather conditions were more favorable.

“I don’t know what it was, if they exerted a lot of energy on Saturday just out there grinding and fighting the conditions, but, today, the guys were struggling on the (practice) range … It was just one of those days. It’s always a struggle playing back-to-back rounds,” the eighth-year coach said.

For their efforts, Baumbach, a sophomore, earned second-team All-NEAC honors and Fails, a freshman, was awarded third-team honors. Baumbach was on the third team a year ago. And Haile noted that Lautensack’s 83 on Saturday was a personal competitive-best.

“Overall, we performed well as a team. Certainly, there were some shots left out there (Sunday), but those are shots that we have to learn from and build upon.

“The season was an overall success. There was a lot of improvement, but we’re still looking for that consistency throughout the lineup and that’s something that we will continue to work on, and the short game is something that we definitely need to work on more. … I look forward to them working hard over the summer and seeing how they come back in the fall,” Haile said.

NEAC Tennis Championships
While neither the men’s nor the women’s tennis teams qualified for play in the NEAC Team Championships, according to first-year coach John Machak, Jane Herman, of Greencastle, who ended the regular conference season unbeaten at No. 3 singles, and possibly Melissa Stabley, of Cogan Station, at No. 1 singles, will represent Penn College Saturday and Sunday in NEAC Individual Championship action at Birchwood Tennis Club in Clarks Summit.

“I think Jane will do really well in the tournament. Jane has just been such a great player and has gotten a lot better as the season has gone on,” Machak said. “She has been playing great tennis, so I would say she is due to win it.

“There’s a lot of competition at No. 1, so I know Melissa will put up a good fight and hopefully she will eke out a couple of wins,” the coach said.

Tournament seedings are to be released on Monday, Machak said.

Women's Tennis
On Tuesday at St. Elizabeth, Penn College picked up its second consecutive win, 8-1. Winners in both their singles and doubles matches for the Wildcats were Stabley; Morgan Blackwell, of Beech Creek; Herman; and Emily Bell, of Jersey Shore.

Penn College ended its NEAC regular season with a 5-4 home loss to Wells College on Friday, dropping it to 2-11 overall and 2-4 in the conference. Stabley, at No. 1 singles and doubles, and Herman, at No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles, were double winners for the Wildcats. Herman ended the NEAC regular season with a 5-0 record.

NEAC West Division standings through Sunday: Lancaster Bible College 4-0, Penn State Berks 4-0, Penn State Abington 3-0, Wells College 2-3, Penn College 2-4, Bryn Athyn College 1-5, St. Elizabeth College 0-5.

Men's Tennis
Heading into the nonconference matches Monday, at Lycoming College, and Tuesday, at home with Misericordia University, Penn College is 1-10 overall. According to Machak, no Wildcat men qualified for the postseason.

NEAC West Division standings through Sunday: Penn State Berks 2-0, Lancaster Bible College 2-0, Penn State Abington 1-0, Penn College 1-3, Bryn Athyn 0-4.

Hosting Gallaudet University in NEAC play on Tuesday, the Wildcats won by scores of 7-0 and 8-1. In the first contest, pitcher Max Bair, of Centre Hall, threw one-hit ball over seven innings to improve to 3-1 overall and was backed offensively by Richard Lennon, of Morgantown, who went 2-for-3 at the plate with three RBIs and Brittan Kittle, of Millville, who went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles. In the second game, Kittle went 2-for-4 with another double and Ben Flicker, of Topton, went 2-for-3, both triples, with two RBIs. Pitcher Brad Walter, of Williamsport, fanned four over nine innings to improve to 3-2 on the mound as the Wildcats improved to 8-2 in the NEAC.

In nonconference play at King’s College on Thursday, Penn College won, 5-3, improving its overall record to 18-7. With the game tied 2-2 through six innings, the Wildcats put together a three-run seventh, highlighted by Kittle’s two-run triple. Penn College now is 18-7 overall.

In North Eastern Athletic Conference action this week: At Lancaster Bible College (14-10 overall through Sunday), 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Last meeting vs. Lancaster Bible College: Split last April 22, losing 13-10 and winning 9-2.

Statistically speaking through Sunday: Flicker was fourth in the NEAC with a .422 batting average, Bair was third with a 3.58 earned run average and tied for third with three wins and Devon Sanders, of Bloomsburg, was tied for third with one save.

Standings through Sunday: Penn College 8-2, Penn State Abington 6-2, Penn State Berks 7-3, Keuka College 3-3, SUNY Poly 5-5, Lancaster Bible College 4-5, Cazenovia College 3-6, Gallaudet University 4-8, Wells College 1-7.

In NEAC play on Thursday at Wells College, the Wildcats were leading 14-5 when play was suspended by rain. That game and the second of a twin bill will be completed on May 2 at Elm Park.

At home against Cazenovia College on Saturday, Penn College saw its 10-game win streak snapped with a 4-3 loss in the first game and 5-1 defeat in the second. In the first contest, the Wildcats stranded nine base runners and they stranded seven in the second. Taylor Krow, of Mechanicsburg, ended the day with four hits in eight at-bats.

On Sunday at Morrisville State College it was Taylor Brooks time as the sophomore from Cogan Station went 2-for-4 in the first game with a grand-slam home run that helped the Wildcats to an 8-0 win and in the second game when she threw a no-hitter, striking out 10, in a 4-0 victory that improved the team’s record to 16-7 overall and 12-2 in the conference. The no-hitter was the first in NEAC play for Penn College.

In North Eastern Athletic Conference action this week: Host Keuka College (17-9 overall through Sunday), noon Monday; at Keuka College, 3 p.m. Wednesday; at SUNY Poly (13-15 overall through Sunday), 1 p.m. Saturday; at SUNY Cobleskill (3-21 overall through Sunday), noon Sunday.

Last meeting vs. Keuka College: Split last April 30, winning 2-1 and losing 6-1.

Last meeting vs. SUNY Poly: Won on April 15 by scores of 7-2 and 5-4.

Last meeting vs. SUNY Cobleskill: Won on April 14 by scores of 4-0 and 11-0.

Statistically speaking through Sunday: Pitcher Amanda Kustanbauter, of Muncy, was fourth in the NEAC with a 1.50 earned run average and Krow was fifth in the conference with a .370 batting average.

NEAC North Division standings through Sunday: Keuka College 15-1, Penn College 12-2, Cazenovia College 9-5, SUNY Poly 8-10, Wells College 6-12, Morrisville State College 4-12, SUNY Cobleskill 2-15

Overall record: 18-7
NEAC record: 8-2
Tuesday, April 18 – host Gallaudet University at Logue Field (NEAC, 2), W, 7-0; W, 8-1
Thursday, April 20 – at King’s College, W, 5-3
Sunday, April 23 – host Wilkes University at Loyalsock Township, ppd.
Tuesday, April 25 – at Lancaster Bible College (NEAC, 2), 1 p.m.
Sunday, April 30 – host Alfred State at Loyalsock Township High School (2), 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 3 – at Elmira College, 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 6 – at SUNY Poly (NEAC, 2), 1 p.m.
Sunday, May 7 – host Keuka College at Loyalsock Township High School (NEAC, 2), noon
Friday-Sunday, May 12-14 – NEAC Championships

Overall record: 16-7
NEAC record: 12-2
Wednesday, April 19 – at Keuka College (NEAC, 2), ppd. to April 26
Thursday, April 20 – at Wells College (NEAC, 2), leading 14-5 in first game when play was suspended by weather
Saturday, April 22 – host Cazenovia College at Elm Park (NEAC, 2), L, 4-3; L, 5-1
Sunday, April 23 – at Morrisville State College (NEAC, 2), W, 8-0; W, 4-0
Monday, April 24 – host Keuka College at Elm Park (NEAC, 2), 3 p.m.
Wednesday, April 26 – at Keuka College (NEAC, 2), 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 29 – at SUNY Poly (NEAC, 2), 1 p.m.
Sunday, April 30 – at SUNY Cobleskill (NEAC, 2), noon
Tuesday, May 2 – host Wells College at Elm Park (NEAC, 2), TBA
Friday-Sunday, May 5-7 – NEAC Championships

Men's Tennis
Overall record: 1-10
NEAC record: 1-3
Monday, April 24 – at Lycoming College, 3 p.m.
Tuesday, April 25 – host Misericordia University, 3:30 p.m.

Women's Tennis
Overall record: 2-11
NEAC record: 2-4
Tuesday, April 18 – at St. Elizabeth (NEAC), W, 8-1
Friday, April 21 – host Wells College (NEAC), L, 5-4
Monday, April 24 – at Lycoming College, 3 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, April 29-30 – NEAC Championships at Birchwood Tennis Club, Clarks Summit, TBA

Monday, April 17 – at Elizabethtown College Blue Jay Classic, finished eighth in a nine-team field
Saturday-Sunday, April 22-23 – NEAC Championships at Bryn Athyn, finished fourth in a nine-team field

Saturday-Sunday, April 22-23 – host Eastern Regional Outdoor Collegiate Championships
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, May 19-21 – Outdoor Nationals at Chula Vista, Calif.

For more, visit the Wildcat Athletics website.

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