Penn State Abington, Penn State Berks Advance to NEAC Baseball Championship Game

Penn State Abington, Penn State Berks Advance to NEAC Baseball Championship Game

AURORA, N.Y. – Penn State Abington and Penn State Berks are the final two teams left standing after three close games on Saturday at the 2019 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Baseball tournament. The championship game is scheduled for Sunday at 10 a.m. and will be held at the Wells College Turf Field in Aurora, N.Y.

Due to unplayable field conditions and forecasted rain, this weekend’s games were moved from Keuka College to Wells College. If Penn State Berks wins game six, a game seven will be held immediately following the conclusion of Sunday’s first game to determine a conference champion. The tournament champion will receive an automatic berth to the 2019 NCAA Division III Baseball Tournament.

Game 3: Penn State Berks 4, Keuka College 2

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Penn State Berks got on the board with two runs in the top of the second after Eric Gale (Levittown, Pa.) doubled to left center to bring Dante Salerno (Lehighton, Pa.) in to score. Gale crossed the plate later in the inning on a double down the left field line by Tyler Kreitz (Boyertown, Pa.) to grab the Nittany Lions a 2-0 lead. After being held hitless through four innings, Keuka College picked up its first hit in the fifth inning but was unable to put together a rally. The Wolves finally broke through in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single by Dan Bamann (Rochester, N.Y.) to cut the deficit to one. Keuka College tied it up in the bottom half of the seventh when Anthony Brown (Schenectady, N.Y.) scored on a single by Anthony Mashewske (Newark, N.Y.) but Penn State Berks regained the lead in the top of the ninth when Noah Kurtz (Boyertown, Pa.) drove in the go-ahead run and later scored to reach the 4-2 final. Nittany Lions starter Drew Skrocki (Royersford, Pa.) earned the complete-game victory, allowing two runs on six hits with three strikeouts. With the loss, Keuka College is eliminated from the tournament and wraps up the year at 25-16.

Game 4: Wells College 2, Penn State Abington 4

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The two teams traded solo home runs in the first inning to lock up in an early 1-1 tie as Derek Shea (West Kingston, R.I.) homered to left field for Wells College and Brett Guagliono (Abington, Pa.) sent one over the right field fence for Penn State Abington to open the game. The Nittany Lions’ took advantage of a fielding error by Wells in the bottom of the third to score Ryan McCarty (Yardley, Pa.) and take a 2-1 lead. McCarty scored again in the fifth on an RBI single by Bill Trimble (Yardley, Pa.) to extend Abington’s lead to 3-1. The Express answered right back in the top of the sixth when an RBI single by Mark Yorkey (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) allowed Dylan Nolan (Brick, N.J.) to score but the Nittany Lions tacked on another unearned run in the eighth to remain undefeated in the postseason tournament. Nolan led all players with three hits for the Express while three players for Abington had two hits apiece. Jaden Himmelreich (Temple, Pa.) picked up a complete-game victory for the Nittany Lions, scattering 12 hits and striking out two. Wells College’s Zach Kemp (Ithaca, N.Y.) took the loss after giving up two earned runs on nine hits with four strikeouts.

Game 5: Wells College 3, Penn State Berks 5

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Penn State Berks had to prove its resiliency in its second elimination game of the day, having to rally twice to defeat Wells College by a final score of 5-3. The Express scored twice in the top of the second with Tyler Young (Maywood, N.J.) and Kevin Spaeth (Haddon Heights, N.J.) each picking up an RBI. Noah Kurtz (Boyertown, Pa.) drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom half of the inning to bring Penn State Berks within one before Dante Salerno (Lehighton, Pa.) singled to left center in the third to tie it at 2-2. Wells regained the lead in the fourth on an RBI single from Tanner Dunkel (Gansevoort, N.Y.) but Berks rallied again in the sixth as Kurtz singled to drive in Tyler Kreitz (Boyertown, Pa.). Derek Shea (West Kingston, R.I.) gave the Express a quality start, holding Berks to three runs on 11 hits through seven innings of work before he was replaced by Alex Mott (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) to start the eighth. Berks took advantage of the switch and loaded the bases with two outs before Dalton Hughes (Boyertown, Pa.) singled to left field to bring home the final two runs of the afternoon. Hughes and Toby Welk (Downingtown, Pa.) had three hits apiece for Berks while Young went 3-for4 for the Express. Alex Laudenslager (Bethlehem, Pa.) was credited with the win after tossing a complete game for Berks and recording six strikeouts. In just the third season in program history, Wells College sees its postseason run come to an end as the Express close out the 2019 season with an 18-22 overall record.  

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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.