Wildcats Weekly #34

All Penn College athletic teams in action 

For the first time this spring all five Pennsylvania College of Technology athletic teams saw action during the same week.


Returning to action last Sunday after a 16-day layoff, the Wildcats and Marywood University were locked in a tight game through six and a half innings as Penn College led, 2-0. Then things got wild. Marywood scored seven runs in the bottom of the seventh, Penn College added a single run in the eighth and five in the top of the ninth to lead 8-7 before the home team tallied twice in the last of the ninth on an error and a wild pitch for a 9-8 non-conference win. Ryan Hostrander, of Williamsport, was brilliant on the mound through six innings for the Wildcats as he struck out 10 and walked only two. Offensively for Penn College, Deric Ellerman, of Landisburg, and Jeremy Rall, of Williamsport, each drove in two runs. Rall had two hits including a double. Penn College outhit Marywood, 13-6. Each team committed three errors.

Going to New York state on Tuesday to avoid the snowfall in Williamsport, the Wildcats swept a non-conference twin bill at Alfred State College by scores of 3-0 and 13-10 in eight innings. In the first game, Tyler Cooklin, of Rippey, Iowa, threw a one-hit gem with eight strikeouts and one walk in seven innings. Penn College scored twice in the fifth inning and once in the seventh. In the nightcap, the Wildcats scored four runs in the top of the eighth to complete the sweep. In that game, Evan Vigna, of McAdoo, and Dylan Scaringi, of Coatesville, each had four hits while Noah Esposito, of Williamsport, and Darien Ebersole, of Pequea, each added three hits. Scaringi homered and ended the game with four runs batted in while Esposito plated three and Zach Weil, of Kutztown, who doubled, drove in two as the team improved to 3-8 overall.


After 20 days without a game due to weather-related postponements, Penn College returned to action on Friday when it played four games. First, it split in North Eastern Athletic Conference action at Morrisville State College, losing 8-7 and winning 12-4. Later in the day, it dropped two NEAC games to Cazenovia College by scores of 8-6 and 11-4 to drop to 3-11 overall and 1-3 in the conference.

In the first game against Morrisville, Morrisville scored once in the bottom of the seventh inning to pull out its win. In that game for Penn College, Breanna Abbey, of Carlisle, had three hits and scored three runs while Katie Kratzer, of Lynch Station, Virginia, had two hits, including a double, and drove in three runs. In the nightcap, Karey Wolfe, of Milton, went 3 for 4, including a home run and double, and drove in four runs, while Kratzer doubled in two runs and Macie Lucas, of Reedsville, ended with three RBI.

Against Cazenovia, Kratzer homered while Wolfe and Shelby Lyter, of Allensville, both went 3 for 4 in the first game. Cazenovia set the tone early in the second game with a six-run first inning. Kratzer ended the game with two RBI for the Wildcats.

Women’s tennis

In their spring and NEAC season opener, the Lady Wildcats scored a 7-2 win on Friday at Bryn Athyn. Winning in both singles and doubles for Penn College were Melissa Stabley, of Cogan Station; Morgan Blackwell, of Beech Creek; Rachel Walker, of Lewisburg; and Rachel Gordon, of Greencastle.

On Saturday at Penn State Abington, Stabley won in singles and then teamed with Blackwell for a win in doubles as the Wildcats lost 7-2 to drop to 1-7 overall and 1-1 in the NEAC.

Men’s tennis

On Friday at Bryn Athyn, Penn College posted a 9-0 NEAC victory. Winning in both singles and doubles for the Wildcats were Jordan Rodgers, of Biglerville; Ben Leibig, of Lebanon; Chris Morrin, of Morrisville; Seth Strickland, of Morwood; Rommel Cressman, of Lansdale; and Matt Kulp, of Gilbertsville.

At Penn State Abington on Saturday, the Wildcats lost, 8-1, to drop to 4-3 overall and 1-1 in the NEAC. Leibig was the lone Penn College winner.


Finally getting on the course on Monday in the Susquehanna Spring Invitational at Susquehanna Valley Country Club, the Wildcats placed sixth among seven teams. Sam Bubb, of Williamsport, shot an 80 to tie for sixth among 35 individuals. Also for Penn College,Corey Teeple, of Lake Arial, shot an 85, Calvin Foust, of Palmyra, posted an 87, and Mike Saccoman, of Kingston, New York, recorded a 96. In team competition on a par 68, 6,289-yard course, SUNY Cobleskill “A” finished first with a 317, Susquehanna University was second with 320 followed by Hood, 332; William Patterson, 341; Widener, 342; Penn College, 348; and Rosemont, 456.

Women’s basketball

Postseason honors came in during the week for two Lady Wildcats as junior Jamie Steer, of South Williamsport, and sophomoreAlicia Ross, of Williamsport, were awarded United States Collegiate Athletic Association Second Team All-America honors. Steer, also an All-America selection as a freshman, became just the women’s second player in program history to reach 1,000 career points during her team’s 13-12 season. She averaged 16.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in 25 contests. Steer ranked eighth in the North Eastern Athletic Conference in points per game and was ninth in rebounds per game. Ross led Penn College in points per game (17.5), assists per contest (4.5) and steals per game (3.3). She reached double-digits in scoring in 22 of 25 games. She ranked fifth in the NEAC in scoring and 3-point percentage and second in steals and assists per game.

Food drive scheduled

The Penn College Athletics Department will hold a food drive to benefit Central Pennsylvania Food Bank April 9-12. The event is part of a North Eastern Athletic Conference initiative for all member schools to participate in a community service event during Division III week.

Collection bins will be placed in the lobbies of the Keystone Dining Room and Bush Campus Center on Thursday and Friday, April 9-10. A single bin will be placed at Elm Park prior to the Wildcats softball games against Cazenovia and Morrisville on Saturday andSunday, April 11-12.

Those wishing to make a donation other than food can contact Matt Blymier at mjb32@pct.edu.

The desired foods for the food bank are:

·         Canned tuna

·         Canned meats and stews

·         Soup

·         Peanut butter

·         Canned fruits and vegetables

·         Packaged meals

·         Packaged pasta and rice

·         Canned and dried beans

·         Pure fruit and vegetable juices

·         Baby food, cereal and formula (must be within code date)




Overall record: 3-8

NEAC record: 0-0 

Sunday, March 29 – at Marywood University, L, 9-8

Tuesday, March 31 – at Alfred State College, W, 3-0; W, 13-10 in 8 innings

Thursday, April 2 – vs. Mansfield University (2) at Bowman Field, ppd.

Saturday, April 4 – at Keuka College (2), ppd.

Wednesday, April 8 – at King’s College, 4 p.m.

Thursday, April 9 – at Scranton, 2 p.m.

Saturday, April 11 – at Penn State Berks (2), 1 and 3 p.m.

Sunday, April 12 – at Penn State Abington (2), noon and 2 p.m.

Wednesday, April 15 –vs. Baptist Bible College at Bowman Field (2), 2 and 4 p.m.



Overall record: 3-11

NEAC record: 1-3

Tuesday, March 31 – at Alfred State College (2), ppd.

Wednesday, April 1 – host Elmira College at Elm Park (2), ppd.

Friday, April 3 – vs. Morrisville State College, L, 8-7; W, 12-4

Friday, April 3 – vs. Cazenovia College, L, 8-6; L, 11-4

Tuesday, April 7 – at Misericordia University (2), 3 and 5 p.m.

Wednesday, April 8 – at Keuka College (2), 3 and 5 p.m.

Saturday, April 11 – host Cazenovia College at Elm Park (2), 1 and 3 p.m.

Sunday, April 12 – host Morrisville State College at Elm Park (2), 1 and 3 p.m.

Tuesday, April 14 – host Alfred University at Elm Park (2), 3 and 5 p.m.


Men’s tennis

Overall record: 4-3

NEAC record: 1-1

Friday, April 3 – at Bryn Athyn, W, 9-0

Saturday, April 4 – at Penn State Abington, L, 8-1

Wednesday, April 8 – host Wilkes University, 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 15 – host Keuka College, 4 p.m.


Women’s tennis

Overall record: 1-7

NEAC record: 1-1

Friday, April 3 – at Bryn Athyn, W, 7-2

Saturday, April 4 – at Penn State Abington, L, 7-2

Thursday, April 9 – host Wells College, 3 p.m.

Saturday, April 11 – at St. Elizabeth College, 1 p.m.

Wednesday, April 15 – host Keuka College, 4 p.m.



Monday, March 30 – Susquehanna Spring Invitational at Susquehanna Valley Country Club, finished sixth in a seven-team field

Monday, April 6 – Dutchmen Invitational at Lebanon Country Club, 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 15 – Keuka Spring Invitational at Lakeside Country Club, TBA

SaturdaySunday, April 18-19 – NEAC Championship at Pennsauken, N.J., Country Club, TBA