Kutztown upends sloppy Seton Hill
Hauck delivers three hits, two RBIs as Golden Bears stay alive
KUTZTOWN, Pa. -- Kutztown took advantage of a Seton Hill squad that committed three errors and threw four wild pitches to stay alive in the NCAA Atlantic Regional with an 8-6 victory against the Griffins on Friday afternoon.
The Golden Bears had at least one baserunner in every inning of the game with 13 hits and six walks in the contest.
KU scored once in the second when Corey Buletza singled and later scored on a wild pitch, before stretching the lead to 4-0 in the third. Shayne Houck walked with one out and moved to third when Matt Albaugh reached on a fielder's choice, but the throw to second sailed into the outfield. Brad Stoudt followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0 with two outs. After a single by Sean McCormick loaded the bases, Buletza had an RBI single up the middle to bring home Albaugh for a 3-0 lead. Another wild pitch brought McCorimick home for a four-run advantage.
Meanwhile, Tom Neely cruised through the first three innings before an error a Kutztown error opened the door for a two-run third by the Griffins. Nick Erminio singled to start the inning and moved to second when KU dropped a Brendan Constantino fly ball. After a double steal, Mike Leviseur drove both runners home with a base hit through the middle of the infield to cut the Golden Bears' lead to 4-2.
Kutztown responded immediately, however, with a three-run fifth inning. Stoudt reached on an error to lead off the inning and moved to second on a McCormick walk. A wild pitch moved runners into scoring position and Buletza brought home the first run of the inning with a sacrifice fly to make it 5-2. The next batter, Andrew Otterberg stroked a single through the left side scoring McCormick. A double by Travis Kreitz put runners on second and third with one out. With two outs, Brett Hauck singled to left to drive in Otterberg for a 7-2 lead.
A sacrifice fly by Alex Hetrick and a run scoring single by Constantino cut KU's lead to 7-4 after the bottom of the inning. The Griffins made it a two-run game the next inning with an RBI single by Josh Logan.
The Golden Bears stretched it back to a three-run lead in the seventh. Brandon Shurr pinch ran for Otterberg after his second hit of the game. With two outs, singles by Cody Montz and Hauck brought Shurr home for an 8-5 lead.
Seton Hill added another run in the eighth before KU brought in Trent Mertz for the save in the ninth.
Hauck and Otterberg had three hits apiece for Kutztown, while McCormick, Buletza and Kreitz also had multi-hit efforts. Hauck and Buletza each had to runs batted in for KU and McCormick scored twice.
Connor Wing got the win in relief of Neely. Wing went two innings and allowed one run on two hits and a walk. Neely went four innings and allowed four runs, only one earned, on three hits and a walk.
Billy Felo also threw two innings of relief and allowed one run on four hits before Mertz tossed a perfect ninth for his third save.
Alex Haines took the loss for Seton Hill. He allowed six runs, just two earned, on five hits and five walks in four innings. He struck out three.
Leviseur and Logan each had two hits for Seton Hill.