Penn State Berks, Penn College Earn Victories in Day One of NEAC Baseball Championship

Penn State Berks, Penn College Earn Victories in Day One of NEAC Baseball Championship

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – Penn State Berks and Penn College came away with wins after the first day of action at the 2018 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Baseball Championship. The double-elimination tournament is scheduled through Sunday at the Hintz Athletic Fields on the campus of Penn State Berks.

Keuka College and Penn State Abington will open Saturday’s slate of games at 9 a.m. in an elimination game. Penn State Berks and Penn College will follow in game four at noon. The winner of game three and the loser of game four will meet at 3 p.m. Games will continue through Sunday with the tournament champion receiving an automatic berth to the 2018 NCAA Division III Baseball Tournament.

Game 1: No. 4 Keuka College 0, No. 1 Penn State Berks 16

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The Penn State Berks offense came out swinging to take a 7-0 lead through three innings and scoring in every inning except the fourth in a dominant 16-0 win. The Nittany Lions had 16 hits on the day which included a 3-for-5 showing from third baseman Toby Welk (Downingtown, Pa.). Welk had a two-run home run in the first inning and finished the game with three RBIs and one run. Berks’ right fielder Austin Madeja (Boyertown, Pa.) also had a nice afternoon, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored, while designated hitter Mason Pennypacker (Pottstown, Pa.) drew two walks and crossed the plate three times. Anthony Mashewske (Newark, N.Y.) led the Keuka College lineup with two of the Wolves’ seven hits. Nittany Lions’ starter Tyler Comport (Boyertown, Pa.) threw eight scoreless innings and struck out seven to earn the win. Keuka College used seven pitchers in Friday’s game with starter Daniel Steve (Cortland, N.Y.) tagged for the loss after allowing three runs in 1 2/3 innings. The win moves Penn State Berks to 23-10 overall while Keuka College heads into Saturday at 19-16.

Game 2: No. 3 Penn State Abington 2, No. 2 Penn College 3

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Penn State Abington put up two runs in the top of the third innings after an RBI single from Ryan McCarty (Yardley, Pa.) and a sacrifice fly by Julio Aira (Miami, Fla.). Penn College was held hitless for the first three innings before Brittan Kittle (Millville, Pa.) singled down the left field line. After threatening in the fourth, the Wildcats were finally able to get on the board in the fifth when a sacrifice fly by Nathaniel Lowe (East New Market, Md.) allowed Deric Ellerman (Landisburg, Pa.) to score. Penn College tied it up in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI single by Alex Zelger (Red Lion, Pa.). Zelger came around to score the go-ahead run later in the inning on a single through the right side from Cody Cline (Waynesboro, Pa.). Five different players had a hit for the Wildcats while the Abington offense was led by McCarty with two hits. Max Bair (Centre Hall, Pa.) picked up the win for Penn College, allowing two runs on two hits with five strikeouts through seven innings. Devon Sanders (Bloomsburg, Pa.) tossed two innings of scoreless relief for the Wildcats to secure the win. McCarty also served as the Nittany Lions’ starter, surrendering three runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings. Penn College improves to 19-13 with the win while the loss drops Penn State Abington to 24-12 overall.

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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.