Penn State Berks Defeats Penn College to Become Back-To-Back NEAC Baseball Champs

Penn State Berks Defeats Penn College to Become Back-To-Back NEAC Baseball Champs

LEWISBURG, Pa. – Penn State Berks defeated Penn College, 7-4, on Sunday morning at Bucknell University’s Depew Field to earn its second-straight North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Baseball Tournament.  

Game 6: Penn State Berks 7, Penn College 4

Boxscore / Recap (Courtesy of Penn State Berks)

Penn State Berks grabbed an early lead, scoring a run in each of the first two innings, Penn College plated three runs in the top of the third to take a 3-2 lead. The Nittany Lions tied it up in the bottom of the fourth when Troy Salerno’s (Pottstown, Pa.) RBI single scored John McGarvey (Wilmington, Del.). A sacrifice fly by Cory Fox (Boyertown, Pa.) later in the inning brought in the go-ahead run as Penn State Berks held a 4-3 lead after four innings.

The Wildcats bounced back again in the top of the fifth when Evan Vigna (McAdoo, Pa.) singled to right field to score Ben Flicker (Topton, Pa.), knotting the score at 4-4. The two sides remained tied until Berks broke through in the bottom of the eighth on a two-run triple from Austin Madeja (Boyertown, Pa.) and another RBI single from Salerno to give the Nittany Lions all they would need to secure the win. 

Salerno was the offensive standout in the championship game, going 3-for-3 with three RBIs for the Nittany Lions. Berks shortstop Seth Endy (Boyertown, Pa.) scored three runs while Tournament Most Valuable Player Toby Welk (Downington, Pa.) added a pair of hits.

Steven Varner (Harrisburg, Pa.) allowed two earned runs on two hits in 2.1 innings for Penn State Berks. Brandon Griesemer (Boyertown, Pa.) earned the win after 6.2 innings of relief, holding the Wildcats to just one run on four hits with two strikeouts.

Trevor Dolin (New Bloomfield, Pa.) started the game for Penn College, giving up four runs with three strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work. Aaron Palmer (Hanover, Pa.) suffered the loss, allowing three runs in the final 2.2 innings.

With the loss, Penn College’s season comes to a close with a 25-13 overall record.

Penn State Berks claimed its third conference championship in four years and will make its fourth-straight NCAA appearance. The Nittany Lions, who improved to 20-19, will await their next opponent which will be announced Sunday night.

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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.