Three Teams Remain After Day One of NEAC Baseball Tournament

Three Teams Remain After Day One of NEAC Baseball Tournament

LEWISBURG, Pa. – Three teams remain in the hunt for a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) title after the completion of three games during the first day of the NEAC Baseball Tournament hosted at Bucknell University’s Depew Field.

Game 1: Penn State Abington 5, Keuka College 4

Boxscore / Recap (Courtesy of Keuka College)

A late-game meltdown on the mound by No. 4 Keuka College allowed No. 1 Penn State Abington to grab a 5-4 win in the opening game of the NEAC tournament.

The Wolves appeared to be in control of the game, allowing just two hits through the first six innings. Keuka took advantage of a pair of errors by the Nittany Lions in the fifth, scoring three unearned runs to take a 3-0 lead. Penn State Abington got on the board with a run in the seventh, but Keuka maintained a two-run lead as the game moved to the ninth inning.

Keuka added a run in the top of the ninth but the Nittany Lions drew a lead-off walk in the bottom half of the inning to set the tone for the conclusion of the matchup. After cutting the deficit to 4-2, Penn State Abington loaded the bases before the Wolves issued three straight walks to give the Nittany Lions a 5-4 walk-off win.

Penn State Abington’s Trey Guaglionona (Abington, Pa.) and Kyle Marshall (Fairless Hills, Pa.) had two hits apiece while Julio Aira (Miami, Fla.) drove in a pair of runs. Keuka’s Jake Redding (Victor, N.Y.) went 3-for-5 with a run scored.

Nittany Lions’ senior pitcher Diego Melendez (Camden, N.J.) went the distance, scattering 10 hits without allowing an earned run in the win. Keuka’s Bryan Johnsen (Otisville, N.Y.) received a no-decision after allowing just one run in 7.1 innings. Dave Verrett (Cicero, N.Y.) suffered the loss with four runs allowed in one inning of relief.

Game 2: Penn State Berks 13, Penn College 1

Boxscore / Recap (Courtesy of Penn State Berks)

No. 3 Penn State Berks took advantage of eight errors by No. 2 Penn College to score nine unearned runs en route to a 13-1 victory in game two of the NEAC Baseball Tournament.

After scoring a combined six runs through the first eight innings, the Nittany Lions crossed the plate seven times in the top of the ninth to earn the win. Toby Welk (Downington, Pa.) and Troy Salerno (Pottstown, Pa.) each contributed two RBIs while Cory Fox (Boyertown, Pa.) scored three runs in the Nittany Lions’ win.

Penn College’s Cody Cline (Waynesboro, Pa.) went 2-for-3 with a walk and Richard Lennon (Morgantown, Pa.) scored the lone run for the Wildcats.

Max Bair (Centre Hall, Pa.) suffered the hard-luck loss for Penn College, allowing one earned run in six innings with five strikeouts. Andrew Gilbert (Yardley, Pa.) and Jed Blankenhorn (Pine Grove, Pa.) also appeared out of the bullpen for the Wildcats.

Dylan Gallagher (Pottstown, Pa.) surrendered four hits, recorded three strikeouts and did not allow an earned run in the complete-game victory for Penn State Berks.

Game 3: Penn College 10, Keuka College 6

Boxscore / Recap (Courtesy of Penn College)

Penn College was the first to get on the board when Evan Vigna (McAdoo, Pa.) led off the bottom of the second with a solo home run over the center-field fence. The Wildcats added another run later in the inning on an RBI single by Dylan Scaringi (Coatesville, Pa.) to take an early 2-0 lead.

Keuka College tied it up in the top of the fifth with RBIs from Brooks Vertoske (Horseheads, N.Y.) and Alec Bowie (Sparta, N.J.) but the Wildcats responded with three runs in the bottom half of the innings to regain the lead. The Wolves kept fighting, adding two in the sixth and two more in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough as Penn College continued to tack on runs to earn the win.

Five players each had two hits for Penn College, while Nathaniel Lowe (East New Market, Md.) drove in a team-high two runs. Bowie led Keuka College with two hits and two RBIs.

The loss ousted Keuka College from the conference tournament as the Wolves wrapped up their season with a 17-18 overall record.

Game 4: Penn State Abington 3, Penn State Berks 3 (Suspended at the end of the 6th inning)

Penn State Abington scored two runs in the first but Penn State Berks put runs on  the board in  the third and the fifth inning to take a 3-2 lead. Penn State Abington tied the game in the bottom of the sixth before the game was halted due to darkness. Play will resume at 11 a.m. on Saturday with the game picking up in the top of the seventh inning.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has fourteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Bryn Athyn College, Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Morrisville State College, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Wells College, and Wilson College.  Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (M Volleyball), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Pennsylvania State University – Altoona (M Volleyball), and Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf).  The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of field hockey and men’s and women’s tennis. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.