Penn State Berks, Wells College Advance to NEAC Baseball Final Four

Penn State Berks, Wells College Advance to NEAC Baseball Final Four

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – Penn State Berks and Wells College won their respective North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) First Round Baseball games on Tuesday to advance to the Final Four. The double-elimination tournament will begin on Thursday.

Keuka College and No. 2 seed Penn State Abington received a first-round bye in the postseason tournament. In advance of a forecast for inclement weather, the first two games of the double-elimination tournament will be hosted by the higher seeds. Therefore, top-seeded Keuka College will host No. 4 seed Wells College on Thursday while No. 2 seed Penn State Abington will host No. 3 seed Penn State Berks. Tournament play will then resume on Saturday at Keuka College or Wells College pending field and weather conditions. The tournament champion will receive an automatic berth to the 2019 NCAA Division III Baseball Tournament.

First Round

Game 1: No. 5 Wells College 8, No. 4 Penn College 3

Boxscore

Penn College was the first to strike when Ethan Ketterman (Biglerville, Pa.) singled to left field to bring Alex Flicker (Topton, Pa.) around to score. Wells College quickly rebounded by putting up five runs in the top of the third. Tanner Dunkel (Gansevoort, N.Y.) tied up the game with a sacrifice fly before an RBI double by Derek Shea (West Kingston, R.I.) gave the Express a 2-1 lead. The Express then took advantage of two Penn College errors to plate three more runs for a 5-1 lead. Wells tacked on some insurance when Kevin Spaeth (Haddon Heights, N.J.) scored on a passed ball in the fourth and A.J.Nesci (Syracuse, N.Y.) scored on an RBI double by Anthony Aumick (Elmira, N.Y.) in the fifth to make it a 7-1 game. The Wildcats scored an unearned run in the bottom half of the fifth before the Express added one more in the sixth. Penn College added one more in the bottom of the ninth on a solo home run from Colton Riley (Danville, Pa.) but the Wildcats were unable to string together a rally, sending Wells College to its first NEAC Final Four. Nathan Holt (Shippensburg, Pa.) suffered the loss for the Wildcats after allowing three earned runs on five hits in 4.2 innings. Zach Kemp (Ithaca, N.Y.) earned the win after allowing two runs and seven hits while striking out two in six innings. Alexander Mott (Baldswinville, N.Y.) was credited with the save after allowing just one run in three innings. Penn College ends the year at 14-22 overall while Wells College improves to 17-20.

Game 2: No. 6 SUNY Cobleskill 5, No. 3 Penn State Berks 18

Boxscore

Penn State Berks scored three runs in the bottom of the first before plating 11 runs in the second to build a commanding lead in Tuesday’s game. SUNY Cobleskill scored a pair of runs in the top of the fourth on a ground out by Nate Carinci (Oneida, N.Y.) to cut into the Berks lead but Toby Welk (Downingtown, Pa.) homered to left in the bottom half of the inning to make it 15-2 in favor of the Nittany Lions. Penn State Berks added two more runs in the sixth before the Fighting Tigers scored a run in each of the last innings to reach the 18-5 final. Welk went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored while Tyler Kreitz (Boyertown, Pa.) had two hits and three RBIs. Six Nittany Lions had a multi-hit day while five players drove in two or more runs. SUNY Cobleskill’s Eddy Garcia (Bronx, N.Y.) went 3-for-5 with two runs scored while Jacob Hoffee (Lyndonville, N.Y.) had two RBIs. Daniel Wade (Jefferson, N.Y.) suffered the loss as he could not make it out of the second inning, allowing six earned runs and two walks. Penn State Berks starter Alex Laudenslager (Bethlehem, Pa.) earned the win after holding the Fighting Tigers to two earned runs and four hits while striking out four. SUNY Cobleskill closes out the season at 16-22 while Penn State Berks advances to the next round with a 23-13 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.