Penn State Abington, Wells College Earn Wins in Day One of NEAC Baseball Tournament

Penn State Abington, Wells College Earn Wins in Day One of NEAC Baseball Tournament

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – Penn State Abington and Wells College move on to the winner’s bracket with victories in day one of the 2019 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Baseball tournament. The double-elimination tournament will resume on Saturday morning.

Thursday’s games were hosted by the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in the tournament, which was a change made to avoid forecasted inclement weather in New York on Friday. Top-seeded Keuka College will serve as the host institution over the weekend with games being played at Keuka’s home field or Wells College pending field and weather conditions. The tournament champion will receive an automatic berth to the 2019 NCAA Division III Baseball Tournament.

Game three will feature Keuka College and Penn State Berks on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. Game four will follow between Penn State Abington and Wells College scheduled for noon. The winner of Game three and the loser of game four will meet on Saturday at 3 p.m. in Game five. Game six is slated for Sunday at 10 a.m. with a Game seven scheduled immediately after if necessary.

Game 1: No. 4 Wells College 5, No. 1 Keuka College 0

Boxscore

Wells College grabbed the lead in the top of the second when Tanner Dunkel (Gansevoort, N.Y.) singled to drive in Anthony Aumick (Elmira, N.Y.) before the Express added another run in the third to take a 2-1 lead. Tyler Young (Maywood, N.J.) extended Wells’ lead in the seventh with an RBI double to left center while third baseman Mark Yorkey (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) hit a two-run home run in the ninth to close out the game. Keuka College was held to four hits while Daniel Steve (Cortland, N.Y.) took the loss after allowing two runs on four hits and three walks in 4.2 innings. Wells College starter Jared Strait (Lansing, N.Y.) tossed eight scoreless innings and struck out eight batters to earn the win. Derek Shea (West Kingston, R.I.) came out of the pen to put up a zero in the ninth and secure the win for the Express. With the win, Wells College improves to 18-20 overall. Keuka College heads into an elimination game on Saturday with a 25-15 record.

Game 2: No. 3 Penn State Berks 4, No. 2 Penn State Abington 20

Boxscore

Penn State Berks scored the first three runs of the game but Penn State Abington responded with five runs in the bottom of the first and the Abington offense never let up after that. Abington scored three or more runs in five innings on Thursday with first baseman Tyler Dipatri (Pedricktown, N.J.) leading the charge. Dipatri went 3-for-4 with two home runs, six RBIs and four runs scored. Abington left fielder Joe Rizzo (Gibbstown, N.J.) also had a nice afternoon at the plate with two hits, two runs and four RBIs. Penn State Abington totaled 13 hits on the day and drew eight walks en route to its lopsided win. Penn State Berks catcher Eric Gale (Levittown, Pa.) had two of his team’s five hits while Mason Pennypacker (Pottstown, Pa.) had two stolen bases. Hunter Sentz (Shrewsbury, Pa.) was tagged with the loss after giving up nine runs on six hits in two innings. Abington’s Ryan McCarty (Yardley, Pa.) earned the win after limiting Berks to four runs and five hits in six innings of work. Relievers Darrien Mogel (Reading, Pa.) and Zachary Brightbill (Birdsboro, Pa.) combined for three innings of hitless relief to close out the game. Penn State Abington heads into Saturday with a 22-15 record while defending champion Penn State Berks drops to 23-14.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has 12 NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, College of Saint Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, Morrisville State, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and Wells College. Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (W Lacrosse), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse), Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf), and Wilson College (M Volleyball). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sport of men’s tennis and with the Colonial State Athletic Conference in the sport of Field Hockey. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.