|Bethany rallied from a three-run deficit and
senior Ryan Nickerson (pictured) delivered a
clutch walk-off base-hit to propel the Bison to
a 4-3 win in the season-finale at Bethany Park.
Bethany athletics photo
SUNY Poly jumped out to an early lead and both sides took turns racking up the runs through the middle innings with the Wildcats leading 8-7 at the end of the eighth. SUNY Poly plated four runs in the top of the ninth but Penn State Abington answered right back with five runs to send the game to extra innings. The Nittany Lions secured their spot in the NEAC final four on Julio Airawalk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning. Four Abington players drove in a pair of runs, including Austin Mikula who went 3-for-3 with two runs scored. SUNY Poly’s Dalton Earl and Michael Losco each finished the day with four hits while Earl also had four RBIs and three runs scored. Zach Brightbill tossed the final 2 2/3 innings for the Nittany Lions to earn the win. Penn State Abington improves to 24-11 overall while SUNY Poly ends the year at 12-18.