WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – After having a 4-0 lead though the first five innings, the Pennsylvania College of Technology lost 7-5 to King's College Thursday. The Monarch's staged a comeback capitalizing on errors and clutch hitting taking a 7-4 lead in the eighth. Despite the Wildcats scoring a run in the ninth, they held on to win it. Sophomore Cody Buterbaugh (Conestoga) led Penn College with three hits and two RBI. The loss drops the team to 7-5 overall.
After a scoreless first, the Wildcats went up 1-0 as Buterbaugh hit a triple to right to score junior Matt King (Southampton). They added another run in the fourth again from Buterbaugh who singled. Senior Skylar Gingrich (Lititz) scored the run having doubled to lead off the inning.
Sophomore Josh Longsderff (Columbia) breezed through the first four innings with only one hit and seven strikeouts. Penn College put up two more runs in the fifth when freshman Travis Hendershot (Muncy) doubled for an RBI. Gingrich followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 4-0.
Freshman Jacob Wrenn (Granville, Mass) came in relief for Longsderff. After a scoreless fifth, he allowed a run from King's in the sixth off of back to back hits from Chris Sweeney and Eric Bohem. He got out of the jam and pitched one more inning and ending the night with three strikeouts.
The eighth inning was the game changer as the Monarch's faced off against sophomore pitcher Brian Santangelo (Middletown, Conn.). After four hits and an error from the defense, they took the 5-4 lead. Another two runs in the ninth, off of two errors and a hit, gave the team the cushion they needed.
Freshman Zachary Smith (Middletown) doubled to right to score senior Garrett Hornung (Emporium) in the bottom of the inning. King's pitcher Richie Bartumioli settled and got out of the inning, notching the win.
Hornung ended the game with three hits and two runs.
As a team, the Wildcats committed five errors, giving up a total of five unearned runs. Santangelo records the loss.
Next up, Penn College travels to Penn State Mont Alto on Thursday, Mar. 29 for a 2 p.m. doubleheader.