The Wells College baseball team saw its 2019 season come to an end following a pair of losses Saturday, May 11 in the North Eastern Athletic Conference tournament. Wells lost 4-2 against Penn State Abington and then fell 5-3 against Penn State Berks in an elimination game.
Wells capped a record-setting season with an 18-22 overall record. The Express set marks for most overall wins (18), most wins in conference play (9), best overall winning percentage, and qualified for postseason play for the first time in the three-year history of the program. The Express finished the tournament in third place, and Penn State Abington and Penn State Berks will play for the conference title on Sunday, May 12 beginning at 10 a.m.
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PENN STATE ABINGTON 4, WELLS 2
In the first game of the day, matching the winners of the two semifinal contests, Penn State Abington came away with a 4-2 victory over Wells.
Derek Shea homered in the first inning to give Wells an early lead. Penn State Abington answered with a leadoff homer in the bottom of the first to tie the score.
Abington added single runs in the third and fifth innings to take a 3-1 lead.
Wells threatened in the top of the eighth but didn't score, and Penn State Abington got an unearned run in the bottom of the eighth to account for the 4-2 final.
Zach Kemp pitched seven innings and allowed two earned runs on nine hits with four strikeouts and three walks.
PENN STATE BERKS 5, WELLS 3
Wells jumped ahead 2-0 with a pair of runs in the top of the second inning on an RBI single from Tyler Young to bring in Anthony Aumick followed by a Kevin Spaeth double to score Young with two outs. Penn State Berks scored once in the bottom of the second and again in the third to tie the score.
Wells had its best scoring chance in the top of the eighth with a one-out double from Tyler Young followed by a single from Tanner Dunkel. Dunkel stole second to put two runners in scoring position with one out but a strikeout and infield grounder ended the threat.
Berks scored twice in the bottom of the eighth on a two-out single, and closed out the game in the top of the ninth.
Derek Shea worked seven solid innings and allowed three earned runs on 11 hits with four strikeouts and two walks.