A Sunday doubleheader split with Penn State Brandywine cost the Pennsylvania College of Technology baseball team the top seed in the Penn State University Athletic Conference playoffs, which are scheduled Thursday through Saturday. The split completed a 5-3 week for the Wildcats, who now will enter the playoffs as the No. 2 seed.
The Wildcats started out the week with a doubleheader loss to NCAA Division III PSU Harrisburg, falling by scores of 3-0 on a no-hitter and 4-3 on Tuesday. In the second game, Cody Buterbaugh had three hits while Travis Hendershot and James Simasek each had two hits.
Returning to conference action on Thursday at PSU Scranton, Penn College rebounded with a pair of wins, 11-1 and 19-5. Craig Watson and Joshua Longsderff each recorded a win on the mound. Backing Watson in the first game, Buterbaugh had a two-run single in the first inning while Zachary Weil added a three-run double in the fifth. Longsderff went 3 for 4.
In the second game, Kyle Eck had two hits and two RBIs and Hendershot had three doubles and three RBIs and Watson added two hits and drove in three runs.
On Saturday in conference action at PSU Wilkes-Barre, Penn College won by scores of 16-0 and 11-0, both in five innings. Matthew Demilio threw a complete-game shutout in game one and Watson and Zamiskie combined for the shutout in game two. Brothers Zachary and Cody Buterbaugh each ended the first game 3 for 4 with two doubles. Zachary Buterbaugh homered in the second game and Hendershot added a two-run homer.
Penn College won Sunday's first game against Brandywine, 13-7, but dropped the second, 7-1, to go to 16-2 in the conference and 19-13 overall. In the opener, a Brandywine error and bases-loaded single by Cody Buterbaugh helped the Wildcats score seven runs in the third inning and take a commanding lead. Buterbaugh ended the game 2 for 4 and scored three runs. Zachary Buterbaugh went 3 for 4 with two runs scored and three RBIs while Weil drilled a two-run homer in the fifth inning and finished with three hits and three RBIs. Penn College managed just five hits in the second game but left nine players on base.
Times and sites for the PSUAC playoffs will be announced early this week pending the results of some conference regular-season games yet to be played. In the Week 5 United States Collegiate Athletic Association Coaches' Poll, Penn College was ranked No. 13.
In their only games of the week, the Lady Wildcats breezed past PSU Scranton, 15-2 and 21-2 on Thursday. The 36 runs were the most ever scored in a doubleheader by Penn College and Katie Kratzer was a big reason why as she went 8 for 8 with seven runs batted in and seven runs scored. Lacy Lose and Christina Mignot picked up the pitching wins as the team went to 6-6 in the PSUAC and 8-18 overall. In the first game, Rachael Shaeffer had three hits, scored three runs and drove in five others. Krazter was 4 for 4 with three RBIs and four runs. Mignot, pitching in relief of Lose in the second game, recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts. Offensively in that game, Britni Fennell had three doubles among her four hits and had three RBIs. Samantha Hill had a team-high seven RBIs on two hits; Alexandrea Brennan was 4 for 5 with two runs scored and an RBI, and Nicole Lo Furno had three RBIs on three hits.
In the Week 5 USCAA Coaches' Poll, Penn College was ranked No. 19.
ATHLETES OF YEAR
In other news, senior archer Joseph Dowdrick III and freshman women's soccer player Reda Vermilya were named the 2012-13 Male and Female Athletes of the Year. The award is voted on by a committee comprised of department representatives and coaches.
Dowdrick is a four-year member of the archery team and is competing during this spring's season. His efforts have not gone unnoticed as he is ranked first in the nation in the men's bowhunter discipline. Dowdrick consistently has been a top contender for the Wildcats, having been named a United States Collegiate Archery All-American twice.
Vermilya had a phenomenal rookie season in goal for the Lady Wildcats last fall, racking up 141 saves and six shutouts while helping the team to eight wins and a berth in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) national tournament. She led the conference in saves and was third in save percentage. Vermilya's efforts earned her a spot on the USCAA All-American Second Team and she also was named 'Goalie of the Week' and the Wildcats' Most Valuable Player.