Pirates at Cardinals

The Pittsburgh Pirates pay a visit to the St. Louis Cardinals to start a three-game set. Coverage starts at 7:50 p.m., on FOX Sports 1600, a proud member of the Pirates Radio Network.

Black Bears at Crosscutters

The Williamsport Crosscutters play the middle game of their three-game series against the West Virginia Black Bears this evening at BB&T Ballpark. Coverage starts at 6:40 p.m. with Cutters Pregame presented by Van Campen Motors, on FOX Sports Williamsport 1050/104.1 and stream 1, a proud member of the Cutters Baseball Network.

College World Series: Louisville vs TCU (Elimination Game)

The 2017 College World Series continues tonight as Louisville takes on TCU in an elimination game. Coverage begins at 7:40 p.m. right here on FOX Sports 1600.

Penn College Becomes Full Member of NCAA Division III

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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Wildcat Athletics teams will compete as full members of NCAA Division III when students return this fall.

The NCAA Division III Management Council notified Penn College today that it has successfully completed the provisional membership process. As a full NCAA Division III member, the college will be eligible to compete for national championships and will have voting rights on NCAA legislation.

“This is wonderful news for Wildcat Athletics and for Penn College,” President Davie Jane Gilmour said. “Full Division III membership will help us attract more student-athletes. These students enter our gates with a heightened sense of grit and drive, and we know that Penn College student-athletes find the competition, discipline and teamwork required of a collegiate athlete integral to their record of success as leaders in their chosen professions.

“The college’s work toward full NCAA membership has already injected a welcome boost to campus spirit, which was on full display when we recently introduced our new Wildcat Athletic logo to a capacity crowd of students, faculty and staff. I want to commend everyone at the institution who played a role in moving this process forward.”

Penn College completed its provisional status in just three years. Typically, institutions must complete four years of provisional status – following an initial exploratory year – before they can be recommended for full membership. In 2016-17, Penn College competed in the final year of its Division III provisional status, having been granted a waiver to bypass the third year of provisional membership.

The college received the waiver based on meeting all NCAA standards, as well as its strong involvement in leadership positions within the North Eastern Athletic Conference, participation in community service by its student-athletes and ongoing enhancements to the student-athlete experience on campus.

“This news is the result of years of strategic planning and hard work from all members of the Penn College community,” said Elliott Strickland, vice president for student affairs. “The fact that the NCAA approved our full membership a year ahead of schedule is a testament to the amazing team we have in athletics and the leadership of President Gilmour and our Board of Directors. This would not have happened without the incredible contributions of Scott Kennell –our former director of athletics, who began this process and saw us through the majority of the affiliation – and John Vandevere, our current director of athletics, who expertly brought us through the finish line.

“Our affiliation with the NCAA at the Division III level will provide our students with the best athletic and academic experience possible, and we are excited to show how this growth will continue, both through student-athlete success in the classroom and in competition within the North Eastern Athletic Conference.”

“We are delighted and proud of the NCAA’s decision to accept Penn College as a member of Division III,” Vandevere said. “This is an achievement that was accomplished because of the vision, support and hard work from so many throughout our campus. Our department is very grateful for the efforts of our community to help us reach full NCAA Division III membership.”

In the past four years, Penn College elevated six coaching positions from part-time to full time, added a second full-time athletic trainer and created a faculty athletic representative position. In competition, the baseball team won the 2015 NEAC championship and was runner-up in 2017. Additionally, the women’s soccer and men’s tennis teams each reached the NEAC playoffs twice, and the softball team made the postseason once.

The Wildcats had 52 student-athletes named All-Conference, two Rookie of the Year winners and one Coach of the Year, while 131 student-athletes earned NEAC Scholar Athlete honors.

Penn College student-athletes participate in 15 intercollegiate sports. The college is a member of the NEAC, which consists of 14 Division III institutions (eight private, six public) from New York; Pennsylvania; New Jersey; and Washington, D.C.

Twelve of Penn College’s 15 intercollegiate athletic teams participate in the NEAC: men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s volleyball, men’s golf, baseball, and softball. The college’s wrestling team competes at the Division III level as an independent; the men’s and women’s archery team has no affiliation with the NCAA and competes in USA Archery.

Nationwide, there are nearly 450 schools and more than 185,000 student-athletes competing in NCAA Division III athletics.

For information about Penn College, a national leader in applied technology education, visit www.pct.edu, email admissions@pct.edu or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

Pirates at Brewers

The Pittsburgh Pirates conclude their four-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers this afternoon, as coverage starts at 1:45 p.m., right here on FOX Sports Williamsport, a proud member of the Pirates Radio Network.

Defensive Struggles Lead to Loss

Williamsport, P.A. – A season-high trio of errors mixed with a few missed opportunities on the offensive side lead to the Crosscutters 7-2 loss to the West Virginia Black Bears to open their three game series.

West Virginia took advantage of Crosscutters starter Will Stewart‘s command issues and a Cole Stobbe throwing error to get the games first run, as Raul Siri scored on the defensive miscue to give the Black Bears a 1-0 lead.

Another Crosscutters error lead to the 2nd and 3rd runs for West Virginia, as Jhailyn Ortiz misplayed a ball in the right-center gap that allowed Ryan Nagle to score from 1st base and Nick King to advance into 3rd base. On the very next pitch, King scored on a passed ball that popped off the mitt of catcher Gregori Rivero, giving West Virginia a 3-0 lead after the top of the 2nd.

Juan Luis started the Cutters comeback attempt by leading lacing a one-out double down the right field line, his 1st extra base hit of the season. With two outs and Luis still on 2nd, Josh Stephen blistered a Sergio Cubilete offering back through the box that chased home Luis, cutting the deficit to 3-1 in the bottom of the 3rd.

After a one-out single from Cole Stobbe, Gregori Rivero redeemed his earlier miscue with a RBI double down the right field line, scoring Stobbe from 1st base and bringing the Cutters within one at 3-2 after four innings of play.

Things came undone for the Cutters in the top of the 8th inning, after a Sandy Santos lead off single, Jose Barazza reached on a dropped flyball by Josh Stephen, which was followed by a walk of Huascar Fuentes to load the bases with no outs.

Matt Diorio cleared the bases, ripping a triple down the right field line, extending the Black Bears lead to 6-2. Ryan Nagle followed the Diorio triple with a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Diorio from 3rd and giving the West Virginia a 7-2 lead against Cutters reliever Randy Alcantara.

Will Stewart battled his command, suffering a loss in his Crosscutters debut, after allowing three runs on four hits in four innings of work. Of the three runs, only one was earned. Stewart walked three and struck out one.

Jhon Nunez tossed three scoreless frames of relief after taking over for Stewart. In his three innings of work, Nunez allowed three base hits and a walk, while striking out two.

Randy Alcantara allowed four runs, three earned, on two hits and a walk over his two innings of work. Alcantara was able to bounce back in the 9th, tossing a clean final frame with a strikeout.

Williamsport continues their three-game series against the West Virginia Black Bears tomorrow night, as Julian Garcia is set to make his 2017 Crosscutters debut. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. At BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field.

Cutter Carvings – Williamsport has totaled 10 extra base hit of the season, as Juan Luis, Gregori Rivero and Greg Pickett each doubled… For the third straight game, the Cutters struck out 10 times, giving them 30 as a team through three games… Cole Stobbe has scored a run in every game this season… Williamsport falls to 10-9 all-time against West Virginia…

Black Bears at Crosscutters

The Williamsport Crosscutters continue their homestand as they welcome in the West Virginia Black Bears into BB&T Ballpark to start a three-game series. Coverage starts at 6:40 p.m. with Cutters Pregame presented by Van Campen Motors. Todd Bartley and Ian Catherine bring you all the action, right here on the Cutters Baseball Network.

Pirates at Brewers

The Pittsburgh Pirates continue their series in Milwaukee as they take on the Brewers. Coverage starts at 7:45 p.m. on FOX Sports 1600, a proud member of the Pirates Radio Williamsport.

Cutters Fall Despite Stobbe’s Blast

Williamsport, P.A. – For the second consecutive night, Cole Stobbe started the Crosscutters scoring with a 2nd inning solo home run deep over the left center field wall. Unfortunately, it was not enough as the Cutters fell to the Spikes 5-3 in their home opener.

Edwin Figuera got the scoring started for the State College Spikes, driving home Josh Lopez to give the Spikes an early 1-0 lead against Crosscutters starter Gustavo Armas in the top of the 2nd inning.

Cole Stobbe, would answer in the bottom of the frame, sending a Daniel Castano pay off pitch over the wall in left center field, tying the game at 1-1.

Gustavo Armas ran into a little bit of trouble in the top of the 4th, hitting the lead off man Matt Davis and then surrendering a double to Edwin Figuera to start the inning. Mick Fennell plated Davis from 3rd with an RBI ground out to give the Spikes a 2-1 lead, while moving Figuera to 3rd. Caleb Lopes sacrifice fly to deep right would chase home Figuera to extend the lead to 3-1 after 4 innings.

Armas would be relieved by Justin Miller in the top of the 5th inning, allowing three runs, all earned, on six hits. The Cutters starter struck out two and walked one.

State College would add on a pair of runs against Miller in the top of the 6th inning, using a RBI double from Edwin Figuera that scored Josh Lopez and a wild pitch from Miller that plated Figuera, giving the Spikes a 5-1 lead heading into the bottom of the 6th.

Raul Rivas did his best to get the Crosscutters back into the ball game in the bottom of the 7th, scorching a two-run single into right center field, scoring Rodolfo Duran and Jesus Alastre, cutting the deficit to 5-3. Both runs were charged to Spikes starter Daniel Castano.

Orestes Melendez relieved Miller in the top of the 7th inning and was dominant, striking out three while facing the minimum over three innings of perfect relief for Williamsport.

Colton Thompson and Robbie Gordon combined for three innings of shutout relief for the State College Spikes to close the door on the Crosscutters. Gordon, tossed a clean 9th inning to earn his first save of the season.

Castano went six innings, allowing three runs, all earned, on eight hits while striking out six and allowing just one walk en route to his first win of the season.

The Crosscutters continue their current home stand tomorrow night as they welcome in the West Virginia Black Bears into BB&T Ballpark to start a three-game series against their Pinckney division foe. Left-hander Will Stewart is scheduled to toe the slab for Williamsport. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Cutter Carvings – Despite the series split, the Crosscutters outhit the Spikes 19-14…Williamsport struckout 20 times in the series…The Cutters did not commit an error in the loss… Raul Rivas and Cole Stobbe were the lone Crosscutters to record a multi-hit game…

Crosscutters Open Renovated BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field

The Williamsport Crosscutters look to build on last night’s 9-2 victory last night as they debut the Renovated BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field when they welcome in the rival State College Spikes on Opening Night 2017. Coverage begins at 6:40 p.m. on FOX Sports Williamsport, a proud member of the Cutters Baseball Network.