Seton Hill vs. Mercyhurst

Seton Hill pitcher George Coyle throws to a Mercyhurst batter in the top of second inning of a PSAC championship playoff game in Johnstown, PA., Thursday, May 9, 2019.

Seton Hill University and California (Pa.) University each picked up victories on Thursday in the second round of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference baseball championship tournament at Sargent’s Stadium at the Point.

Two other games were postponed by rain.

Play will resume on Friday at the Point.

Somerset High School graduate George Coyle started and pitched 31/3 innings but didn’t factor in the decision for the Griffins as they topped Mercyhurst 12-8. 

Seton Hill’s Parker Denny went 4-for-4 with a home run, a double, four runs and four RBIs. Craig Lewis went 3-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and one run scored.

Austin Braendel and Isaiah DiAndreth each had two hits for the Griffins. Coyle struck out four, walked two and allowed seven hits and six runs. Reliever Ben Vicini threw 22/3 innings and Kenny Wells tossed three frames and earned the win with five strikeouts.

Mercyhurst’s Matthew Gibson went 3-for-5 with a triple and a home run, four RBIs and two runs. Josh Surowiec went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs. Luke Baranchak had two hits, including a homer, two runs and two RBIs for the Lakers.

In the day’s second game, Bradyn Kail pitched seven innings and struck out five batters in the Vulcans 6-3 win over East Stroudsburg.

Kristian Webb had two hits, including a triple, four RBIs and one run scored for California. Nico Marchetti doubled, and Eric Fairman had three stolen bases and two runs scored. Richland’s Jason Ozog is a freshman on the Vulcans’ roster.

East Stroudsburg’s Joey Paolini hit a home run and had three RBIs. 

C.J. Lopez had a double. Zarley Cina went 2-for-4 for the Warriors.