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Kempinski and Meyers Named PSUAC Baseball All-Conference

Congratulations to senior Matthew Kempinski and freshman Kerry Meyers for being named to the PSUAC All-Conference Second Team!

Tierney Named to USCAA All-Academic Team

4/22/13 - Congratulations to senior baseball student-athlete Michael Tierney on being named to the USCAA All-Academic Team. Michael accomplished this honor by achieving a 3.94 GPA for the fall 2012 semester.

Baseball Falls Twice in Season Finale Double-Header vs. Penn College

04/20/13 - Penn State  Wilkes-Barre (3-12-1 PSUAC and 3-14-1 overall) lost the first game of the season finale double-header against Penn College on Saturday afternoon 0-16. Ed Moffett and Jeremy McDonnell had two hits each, while Ronald Missal had one hit for the Mountain Lions. McDonnell also pitched one inning while allowing three hits and three earned runs.  In the second game of the double-header, Penn State Wilkes-Barre (3-14-1 PSUAC and 3-16-1 overall) was unable to bounce back and fell short of a victory with a score of 0-10. Kerry Meyers and Tyler Loftus each had two hits for the Mountain Lions. Starting pitcher Steve Ash allowed ten hits and eight earned runs in four innings for Wilkes-Barre. 

Baseball Falls Twice in Double-Header vs. PSU Brandywine

4/18/13 - Penn State Wilkes-Barre (3-11-1 PSUAC and 3-13-1 overall) lost the first game of a double-header against Penn State Brandywine on Thursday afternoon 4-5. The game went into extra innings after Wilkes-Barre tied the game in the 7th inning. Unfortunately, Wilkes-Barre was unable to score another run in the 8th inning. Steve Ash had two hits and scored one run, while Ed Moffett had one hit and two RBIs for the Mountain Lions. Starting pitcher Rob Reilly pitched six innings and allowed eight hits and four earned runs. In the second game of the double-header, Penn State Wilkes-Barre (3-12-1 PSUAC and 3-14-1 overall) was unable to bounce back and fell short of a victory with a score of 2-9. Tyler Loftus had one hit, one run, and one RBI for the Mountain Lions. Jonathan Aston started the second game at pitcher and allowed ten hits and six earned runs in five innings. Penn State Wilkes-Barre will next play at home against Penn College this Saturday in a double-header beginning at 2pm.

Baseball Loses Twice in Double-Header vs. NCAA’s Marywood University

4/15/13 - Penn State Wilkes-Barre (3-7-1 PSUAC and 3-8-1 overall) lost the first game of a double-header against Marywood University on Sunday afternoon 2-10. Ed Moffett had one hit and scored one run, while Jeremy McDonnell had one hit and one RBI for the Mountain Lions. Starting pitcher Jonathan Aston pitched four innings and allowed eight hits and seven earned runs. In the second game of the double-header, Penn State Wilkes-Barre (3-8-1 PSUAC and 3-9-1 overall) was able to score more runs but fell short of a victory with a score of 5-11. Jeremy McDonnell had two hits, two runs, and one RBI for the Mountain Lions. Steve Ash started the second game and allowed six hits and six earned runs in one and two-thirds innings. Penn State Wilkes-Barre will next play at Penn State York this Tuesday in a double-header beginning at 2pm.

Penn State Wilkes-Barre Baseball Falls Twice in Double-Header

4/11/13 - Penn State Wilkes-Barre (3-7-1 PSUAC and overall) lost the first game of a double-header against Penn State Mont Alto on Wednesday afternoon. Steven Ash had one hit and one run, while Kerry Meyers added two hits for the Mountain Lions. Starting pitcher Matthew Kempenski struck out five batters and only allowed four hits in five innings. The final score of the game one was 10-1. In the second game of the double-header, Penn State Wilkes-Barre (3-8-1 PSUAC and overall) was not able to bounce back as they fell to Penn State Mont Alto 17-1. Kyle Colarusso had one hit and one run, while Steven Ash and Ed Moffett had one hit each. Nick Carey pitched one and a third innings while only allowing two hits and four earned runs. Penn State Wilkes-Barre will next play at Penn State Schuylkill this Friday in a double-header beginning at 1pm.

Penn State Wilkes-Barre Baseball Splits Double-Header at PSU Hazleton

4/7/13 - Penn State Wilkes-Barre (2-6 PSUAC and overall) played Penn State Hazleton very close the entire first game of a double-header. The game was tied 2-2 in the 4th inning until Hazleton scored two more runs. Despite the great effort by Wilkes-Barre to come back they fell by a final score of 6-2. Matt Kempenski had one hit and one RBI for Wilkes-Barre. Jonathan Ashton pitched six innings and had five strikeouts and only three earned runs. In the second game of the double-header Penn State Wilkes-Barre (3-6 PSUAC and overall) was able to hold on and win after scoring nine runs in the first four innings. Wilkes-Barre won with a final score of 9-6. Kerry Meyers had two hits, two runs, and one RBI for Wilkes-Barre, while Eric Ringsdorf had two hits and two runs as the designated hitter. Rob Reilly pitched all seven innings and had three strikeouts, three walks, and six earned runs. Penn State Wilkes-Barre plays their next double-header at home vs. Penn State Mont Alto.

Mountain Lions Lose Both Games in Double-Header Against PSU Beaver

4/6/13 - Penn State Wilkes-Barre (2-4 PSUAC and overall) lost the first game of a double-header against Penn State Beaver 10-2. Wilkes-Barre scored both their runs in the 5th inning but was unable to come back. Matt Kempenski led the way with three hits and one run while Richard Portugal had one hit and one run for Wilkes-Barre. Steven Ash pitched five innings while allowing seven hits and five earned runs. The second game of the double-header was much closer. Penn State Wilkes-Barre (2-5 PSUAC and overall) was down 5-4 going into the 6th inning but Penn State Beaver scored two more runs, which cancelled out any chances of a comeback for Wilkes-Barre. The final score of the second game was 7-5. Ronald Missal had two hits and one run for Wilkes-Barre, while Michael Tierney had three hits and two RBIs. Missal was on the mound for three innings and had three strikeouts, three hits, and three earned runs allowed. Penn State Wilkes-Barre plays against Penn State Hazleton on April 7.

Mountain Lions Lose First Game, Tie Second of Double-Header  

4/5/13 - In the first game of a double-header against Penn State Fayette, Penn State Wilkes-Barre (2-3 PSUAC and overall) got off to a quick start by scoring the first run. Penn State Fayette responded by scoring seven runs in four innings. Wilkes-Barre got several players on base in the final inning of the first game but was only able to cut the lead to 7-4. Meyers led the Mountain Lions with three hits, one run, and one RBI. Matt Kempenski added two hits and two RBIs for Wilkes-Barre. Jonathan Zionce faced 27 batters in 5.1 innings, while only allowing four earned runs and seven hits. In the second game, Penn State Fayette got out to a four-run lead after the first inning. The Mountain Lions (2-3-1 PSUAC and overall) fought their way back into the game by cutting the lead to 5-4 after the fourth inning. In the 7th inning, Fayette scored one more run, and then Wilkes-Barre tied the game by scoring two runs in the bottom of the inning. The game ended in a tie at 6-6 due to lack of daylight. Meyers had four hits, one run, and two RBIs for the Mountain Lions. Ronald Missal had three hits, one run, and two RBIs. Penn State Wilkes-Barre’s next double-header is Saturday, April 6th at Penn State Beaver.

Penn State Wilkes-Barre Baseball Falls Twice in Double-Header

3/24/13 - The Mountain Lions (0-1 PSUAC) started the first game of a double-header against Penn State Greater Allegheny with a promising two-run lead after the first inning. Kerry Meyers had one hit and one run, while Steven Ash had one hit along with one RBI. Penn State Greater Allegheny tied the game up in the 4th inning before going on to score nine more runs from the 5th to 7th innings. The Mountain Lions’ Matthew Kempenski pitched four innings and allowed 12 hits and seven runs after facing 28 hitters. The final score of the first game was 11-2. In the second game of the double-header, the Mountain Lions (0-2 PSUAC) combined for three hits, including one each from Meyers, Ash, and Rob Reilly. However, the Mountain Lions were unable to register a run in this game. Steve Ash pitched two innings while allowing five runs, one walk, and one strikeout. Penn State Greater Allegheny won the second game with a score of 10-0. The Mountain Lions’ next matchup is Thursday, March 28 at Penn State York.  

Baseball Preview

By: Jeff Huss, Intern

2/20/13 - Head coach Jason McManus speaks very highly of the Penn State Wilkes-Barre baseball tradition. He wants to turn the program back into their winning ways just like it was when he played for the Mountain Lions in 1991 and 1992. McManus said, “We need to take small steps to get there. There is a lot of excitement within the team with the attitude changes I brought back into the program. It’s this same energy and passion we will need to tap into to turn this program around, and start winning again.” Once the team starts having quality seasons the recruits will come and the team will continue to be successful again. In order to improve from last season the team is focusing on every aspect of the mechanics of pitching, hitting, and defense. Coach McManus says, “We try not to focus on just one aspect of the game, however we realize that pitching and defense win championships.” The pitchers must be able to get their pitch counts up and pitch deep into games. The team is currently in their second week of indoor practice. Some of the training consists of running, hitting off pitch machines, and fielding mechanics. McManus always stresses that the main part of practice is to work hard and have fun. The pitching staff looks very strong this season for the Mountain Lions. Matt Kempinksi is returning for his senior season and will provide leadership, while Ron Missal and Mike Tierney will provide depth and give the team a solid rotation 1-3. The other pitching spots are up for grabs. The defense will need to be another priority this season. “We need to minimize the amount of errors while capitalizing on the other teams’ mistakes” says Coach McManus. The leadership of the upperclassmen will be extremely helpful this season in order for the team to become successful. Matt Kempinski (P/SS-SR), Ed Moffet (C-SO), Kyle Colarusso (SO) and Mike Tierney (SO/JR) are a few of the leaders on this team. The freshman class will be pivotal this season as they are the future of the program. Richie Portugal (OF-Delaware Valley) can run like a cheetah and has an amazing arm. Kerry Meyers (2b-State College) has one of the best left handed swings that McManus has seen in a long time. Steven Ash (IF/P/C-Tunkhannock) is probably one of most flexible athletes. He will add depth to our pitching staff, as well as the catching position. Eric Ringsdorf (1b/C-Holy Redeemer) will provide power from the left side of the plate, as well as depth at first base and catcher. Tyler Loftus (C- Pittston Area) has a nice arm and blocking mechanics behind the plate, and he too will compete for a catching position. Jon Aston (P/OF- Pittston Area), Robert Reilly (P/OF/IF-Meyers) will also both compete for a starting pitching rotation spot. Jeremy McDonald (IF/OF- Hanover Area) will add depth to the infield and outfield. Newcomer Ross (SO- P/OF- Meyers) and veteran Nick Carey (So-P/OF-Valley West) will also compete for time on the mound. At the end of the day, Coach McManus preaches that academics come before baseball. McManus says “If there is ever a time when one of my players needs to study for a test he will accommodate the practice around studying.”  The team is also holding pizza parties and bowling nights in order to expose themselves to the community. With the hard work from the players and coaches this team will have a successful season.

Penn State Wilkes-Barre Names New Head Baseball Coach

7/3/12 - Director of Athletics Brian D. Stanchak announced today the hiring of Jason McManus, a former student-athlete at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, as the new Head Baseball Coach.  Coach McManus was a member of the 1991 & 1992 CCAC Eastern Division Championship baseball teams at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, which also won the ECAC.  “I am thrilled to name Jason as our new Head Baseball Coach.  His experience as a student-athlete here will be a tremendous asset to our baseball program.  His passion for this University and the game of baseball is unmatched, and I am confident that he will lead our baseball program to a high level of success.” Coach McManus arrives at Penn State Wilkes-Barre after coaching at Riverside High School (Taylor, PA).  He began his coaching career at Riverside in 2005, where he led the Junior High baseball team to a Lackawanna Scholastic Baseball League Championship the same year, and a Division 3 Championship in 2007.  In 2009, he was promoted to Head Baseball Coach for the Junior Varsity program.  His coaching experience expands beyond the high school level as he served as the Head Coach for Old Forge Jr. Legion baseball team in 2008, and the Senior Legion program from 2009-2011.  He led the Senior Legion team to a playoff appearance in 2010.  Coach McManus is employed by RCN Corporation, where he is a Development and Quality Specialist.  He currently resides in Larksville, PA with his wife and two children.

2011-2012

Baseball 2011-2012 Final Stats

Baseball Drops Last Double-Header of the Season

4/24/12 - The Penn State Wilkes-Barre men’s baseball team lost their final two regular season games on the road against Penn State Mont Alto on Tuesday afternoon. Wilkes-Barre fell to Mont Alto in the first game with a final score of 1-7. During the game freshman Ed Moffet doubled for Wilkes-Barre, while fellow freshman Ryan Goodwin stole a base and scored Wilkes-Barre’s one run. Starting pitcher, junior Matt Kempenski took the loss for Wilkes-Barre. Wilkes-Barre fell to Mont Alto again in the second game, with a final score of 2-7. Freshman Zach Yursha had Wilkes-Barre’s only RBI of the game. Pitcher, senior Pete Kelly started the game for Wilkes-Barre and took the loss. In a rebuilding year, the Penn State Wilkes-Barre baseball team finishes out their regular season with 6-19 overall record and a 6-12 record in the PSUAC.

Baseball Loses Two at Penn College

4/21/2012 - The Penn State Wilkes-Barre baseball team (6-17 overall; 6-10 PSUAC) lost two games in a double-header against PSUAC rival Penn College on Saturday afternoon. Wilkes-Barre fell to Penn College 4-15 in the first game of the double-header. Freshman Ryan Goodwin went 3 for 3 at the plate, driving in two runs for Wilkes-Barre. Starting pitcher, senior Pete Kelly took the loss for Wilkes-Barre. In the second game, Wilkes-Barre lost to Penn College 1-16. Freshman Stephen Gaylets tripled and scored a run for Wilkes-Barre. Wilkes-Barre’s starting pitcher freshman Kyle Colarusso took the loss. Wilkes-Barre continues on the road, as they face off against Penn State Mont Alto in their final match up of the regular season on Sunday, April 22nd at 1:00 pm.

Baseball Falls at Marywood University

4/15/12 - The Penn State Wilkes-Barre baseball team lost two games in a double-header against NCAA Division III Marywood University on Sunday afternoon. In the first game Wilkes-Barre lost to Marywood, 3-8. Freshman Ryan Goodwin had a double and a RBI for Wilkes-Barre, while junior Robert Bisson and freshman Ed Moffett each batted in one run for Wilkes-Barre. Starting pitcher, junior Matt Kempinski took the loss for Wilkes-Barre. In the second game, Wilkes-Barre fell 4-13 to Marywood. Freshman Zach Yursha had a triple and two RBI’s for Wilkes-Barre, while Goodwin and Kempinski each had a double and one RBI. Wilkes-Barre’s starting pitcher, freshman Kyle Colarusso, took the loss. With the two losses, Wilkes-Barre’s overall record falls to 6-14, but they still remain 6-8 in the PSUAC. Wilkes-Barre will next take the field at home on Tuesday, April 17th at 4:00 pm in a single game match-up against Wilkes University.

Baseball Wins Two at Home

4/14/12 - The Penn State Wilkes-Barre baseball team won both games of a double header against PSUAC rival Penn State Worthington Scranton on Saturday afternoon at Hilldale Field. In the first game, Wilkes-Barre defeated Worthington Scranton, 10-2. Leading the way for Wilkes-Barre was freshmen Ryan Goodwin who went 3 for 4 at the plate with a double, a triple and four RBI’s. Senior Pete Kelly and freshman Zach Yursha each had two RBI’s for Wilkes-Barre, while teammates junior Jason Strohl and sophomore Kyle LeValley each batted in one run. Kelly pitched a complete game with four strikeouts to take the win for Wilkes-Barre. In the second game, Wilkes-Barre took a 3-0 victory over Worthington Scranton. Strohl and LeValley each had a double and an RBI for Wilkes-Barre, while junior Robert Bisson also batted in a run. Pitcher freshman Robert Vollmer recorded five strikeouts to take the win for Wilkes-Barre, while Goodwin was credited with the save. With the two wins, Wilkes-Barre improves to 6-12 on the season and 6-8 in the PSUAC. Wilkes-Barre next plays at Marywood University on Sunday, April 15th in a double-header starting at 12:00 pm.

Baseball Drops Pair at Brandywine

4/6/12 - The Penn State Wilkes-Barre baseball team (4-11 overall; 4-8 PSUAC) dropped both games of a double header against PSUAC rival Penn State Brandywine on Friday. In the first game, Wilkes-Barre fell to Brandywine 1-5. Sophomore Kyle LeValley had a double for Wilkes-Barre. Freshman Zach Yursha hit a solo homerun to score Wilkes-Barre’s only RBI of the game. Pitcher junior Matt Kempinski took the loss for Wilkes-Barre. In the second game, Wilkes-Barre lost 3-10 to Brandywine. Yursha batted in two runs for Wilkes-Barre. Wilkes-Barre starting pitcher, freshman Robert Vollmer was given the loss. Wilkes-Barre next plays at Wilkes University in a single game match-up on Thursday, April 12th at 3:30 pm.

Baseball Drops Double-Header Against Penn State Beaver

4/2/12 - The Penn State Wilkes-Barre baseball team dropped both games of a double header against Penn State Beaver on Monday afternoon. In the first game, Wilkes-Barre came up short losing to Beaver 4-7. For Wilkes-Barre, freshman Ryan Goodwin went 3 for 4 at the plate with 4 RBI’s, a double and a homerun. Pitching for Wilkes-Barre, freshman Robert Vollmer took the loss. With a young team in a rebuilding year, Wilkes-Barre lost the second game to Beaver 2-23. Freshmen Zach Yursha had a double and RBI for Wilkes-Barre, while Vollmer also batted a run in. Starting pitcher junior Jason Strohl took the loss for Wilkes-Barre. With the two losses, Wilkes-Barre’s record dropped to 4-9 overall and 4-6 in the PSUAC. Wilkes-Barre will next look to bounce back on the road, as they take on PSUAC rival Penn State Brandywine in a double header on Friday, April 6th at 2:00 pm.

Another Split Double-Header for Penn State Wilkes-Barre

4/1/12 - The Penn State Wilkes-Barre baseball team split a double-header with PSUAC rival Penn State Hazelton on Sunday afternoon. In the first game Wilkes-Barre fell short, losing 4-6 to Hazleton. Senior Pete Kelly and freshmen Zach Yursha, Robert Vollmer and Kyle Colarusso each had RBI’s for Wilkes-Barre. Pitching for Wilkes-Barre, junior Matt Kempinski took the loss. With the loss, Wilkes-Barre fell to 3-7 overall and 3-3 in the PSUAC. In the second game, Wilkes-Barre battled back to defeat Hazleton 7-6. Yursha led Wilkes-Barre with two RBI’s. Colarusso and sophomore Kyle LeValley each doubled for Wilkes-Barre, while freshman Ryan Goodwin tripled. Pitching for Wilkes-Barre, Kelly took the win. With the win, Wilkes-Barre is 4-7 overall and 4-3 in the PSUAC. Wilkes-Barre will next take the field at home on Monday, April 2nd in a double header against Penn State Beaver starting at noon.

Baseball Sweeps Double-Header vs. Penn State York

3/29/12 - The Penn State Wilkes-Barre baseball team improved to 3-3 in the PSUAC (3-6 overall) after sweeping the double-header vs. Penn State York tonight. The win in the second game of the double-header matched Wilkes-Barre’s win total from all of last year. Wilkes-Barre won 10-9 in the first game and came back from 2 runs down on Pete Kelly game winning double to win 9-8 in the second game. Wilkes-Barre will next play this Saturday (March 31st) at home vs. Penn State Beaver at 2:00 pm and Sunday (April 1) vs. Penn State Hazleton at 12:00 pm.

Baseball Splits Double-Header With Penn State Fayette

3/26/12 - The Penn State Wilkes-Barre men’s baseball team took one of two games in a double-header against PSUAC rival Penn State Fayette on Monday afternoon. In the first game, Wilkes-Barre fought hard to take a 5-4 victory in 8 innings. Senior Peter Kelly, sophomore Kyle LeValley, and freshmen Ryan Goodwin and Robert Vollmer each had RBIs for Wilkes-Barre. Pitching the last two innings for Wilkes-Barre, Goodwin (1-0) took the win. In the second game, Wilkes-Barre fell just short of a win, losing 5-7. For Wilkes-Barre, LeValley had 2 RBIs, while Kelly, Vollmer and freshman Zach Yursha each batted in one run. Pitcher freshman Kyle Colarusso (0-1) took the loss for Wilkes-Barre. By splitting the double-header, Wilkes-Barre is now 1-6 overall and 1-3 in the PSUAC. Wilkes-Barre will next play at home in a conference double-header against Penn State York on Thursday, March 29th starting at 2:00 pm.

Baseball Drops PSUAC Opener at Greater Allegheny

3/25/12 - The Penn State Wilkes-Barre men’s baseball team lost both games of a double-header in their first PSUAC match up of the season against Penn State Greater Allegheny on Saturday afternoon. With a young squad on the field against Greater Allegheny, Wilkes-Barre lost 0-13 in the first game and 0-10 in the second game. Freshman pitcher Robert Vollmer (0-2) took the loss for Wilkes-Barre in the first game, while Wilkes-Barre junior pitcher Matt Kempinski (0-1) took the loss in the second game. In a rebuilding season, Wilkes-Barre is 0-5 overall and 0-2 in the PSUAC. Wilkes-Barre next heads to Penn State Fayette for their second PSUAC match up on Monday, March 26th at 11:30 am.

Baseball Loses Double-Header to Marywood University

3/18/12 - The Penn State Wilkes-Barre men’s baseball team lost both games of a double-header against NCAA Division III Marywood University on Saturday afternoon. In the first game, Wilkes-Barre lost to Marywood 1-8 to fall to 0-2 on the season. Wilkes-Barre’s pitcher, freshman Robert Vollmer (0-1), took his first loss of the season. Freshman Ryan Goodwin scored Wilkes-Barre’s lone run with his first homerun of the season. In the second game, Wilkes-Barre lost to Marywood 4-12 to fall to an 0-3 record. Wilkes-Barre’s pitcher, senior Peter Kelly, took the loss and is now 0-2 on the season. Junior Robert Bisson and freshman Robert Vollmer each had 2 RBIs for Wilkes-Barre. Wilkes-Barre next plays on the road in a double-header against PSUAC conference rival Penn State Fayette on Saturday, March 24th starting at 2:00 pm.

Baseball Falls in Season Opener to Wilkes University

3/10/12 - The Penn State Wilkes-Barre men’s baseball team (0-1) fell 1-11 on the road in their season opener against Wilkes University on Saturday afternoon. Juniors Matt Kempinski and Robert Bisson each contributed two hits to Wilkes-Barre’s seven total hits against Wilkes’ pitching. Bisson scored Wilkes-Barre’s lone run on an error by Wilkes’ third baseman. Wilkes-Barre will next play at their home field against Marywood University on Sunday, March 18th at 12:00 pm.

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