Keuka College, Penn State Abington Advance in NEAC Baseball First Round

Keuka College, Penn State Abington Advance in NEAC Baseball First Round

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – Keuka College and Penn State Abington will round out the final four teams at the North Eastern Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament after a pair of exciting first round games Tuesday. The double-elimination tournament will be hosted by the NEAC Regular Season Champion and top seed Penn State Berks at the Hintz Athletic Fields on May 11-13.

Penn State Berks and No. 2 seed Penn College received a first-round bye in the postseason tournament. The four remaining teams will play in a double-elimination tournament beginning Friday to determine the conference champion. Penn State Berks will open play on Friday at noon against Keuka College while Penn College will take the field at 3 p.m. against Penn State Abington. Games will continue through Sunday with the tournament champion receiving an automatic berth to the 2018 NCAA Division III Baseball Tournament.

First Round

Game 1: No. 5 Lancaster Bible 4, No. 4 Keuka College 5

Boxscore

Lancaster Bible scored on an error in the first before adding a run in the second and the fourth on RBI singles to build a 3-0 lead through four innings. Keuka College broke through in the bottom of the sixth with two runs before tying it up in the seventh when Dakota Skinner (Waverly, N.Y.) was walked to force in a run and make it a 3-3 game. The Wolves took their first lead of the day later in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Dan Bamann (Rochester, N.Y.) to score Dave Verrett (Cicero, N.Y.). The Chargers tied it up in the top of the ninth on an RBI double by JJ Sanchez (Manheim, Pa.) but Keuka College earned the walk-off win on Skinner’s RBI single to right center. Skinner went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, one run and one walk to lead the Wolves. Chargers’ second baseman Colin Myers (Lancaster, Pa.) went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored while four players each had a pair of hits. Keuka College starter Bryan Johnsen (Otisville, N.Y.) was tagged for two earned runs and 10 hits in the no-decision. Verrett threw the ninth for the Wolves to earn the win. Lancaster Bible’s Zack Leonard (Quarryville, Pa.) got the start, allowing four runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings. Trevor High (Lancaster, Pa.) came in for relief in the ninth and suffered the loss. The Chargers close out the 2018 season with a 19-14 record while the Wolves head into the weekend at 19-15 overall.

Game 2: No. 6 SUNY Poly 12, No. 3 Penn State Abington 13 (10 innings)

Boxscore

SUNY Poly jumped out to an early lead on Dean Natalizio (Greenville, N.Y.) two-run single in the top of the first before Penn State Abington cut the Wildcats’ lead in half with an RBI double from Brett Guaglionona (Abington, Pa.) in the bottom half of the second. The Nittany Lions took the when Tyler DiPatri (Pedricktown, N.J.) drove in two runs with a double down the right-field line to make it a 3-2 game. Both sides took turns racking up the runs through the middle innings with the Wildcats leading 8-7 at the end of the eighth. SUNY Poly plated four runs in the top of the ninth but Penn State Abington answered right back with five runs to send the game to extra innings. The Nittany Lions secured their spot in the final four on Julio Aira (Miami, Fla.) walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning. Four Abington players drove in a pair of runs, including Austin Mikula (Philadelphia, Pa.) who went 3-for-3 with two runs scored. SUNY Poly’s Dalton Earl (Woodhull, N.Y.) and Michael Losco (North Babylon, N.Y.) each finished the day with four hits while Earl also had four RBIs and three runs scored. Zach Brightbill (Birdsboro, Pa.) tossed the final 2 2/3 innings for the Nittany Lions to earn the win while SUNY Poly’s Nate Palmer (Marcy, N.Y.) took the loss in the 10th. Penn State Abington improves to 24-11 overall while SUNY Poly ends the year at 12-18.

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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), 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 tennis. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.