ERIE – The Grove City College baseball team concluded the 2019 season Sunday afternoon by dropping a 9-7 decision to top-seeded Pfeiffer in the championship game of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Championship Tournament, hosted by Penn State Behrend.
GCC concludes the season 28-16 overall, setting a program record for single-season victories.
Sunday, Grove City jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning. Senior DH Bobby Dulay opened Grove City’s scoring by walking with the bases loaded, bringing home junior first baseman Matt Dayton.
Senior third baseman Micah Burke scored the Wolverines’ second run on a passed ball. Junior shortstop Bobby Abbott followed with a two-run triple that scored Dulay and senior left fielder Travis Auth.
Abbott then scored the fifth run of the inning on a single by sophomore second baseman Jesse Clary.
Pfeiffer (30-8) scored three times in the bottom of the second, then took the lead with a three-run third. Pfeiffer pushed its lead to 9-5 by scoring three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Grove City cut the lead in half in the seventh inning as sophomore first baseman Bubba Hamilton led off with a home run and Auth later scored on an error. The Wolverines left the tying runs on base in the seventh.
Clary went 2 for 4 to help lead the Wolverines, who finished with six hits.
Sophomore pitcher Lake Pry started and allowed four runs in 1 2/3 innings. Sophomore D.J. Newby pitched three innings of relief and yielded five runs, taking the setback. Junior Austin Wacker pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.
Grove City College will lose Auth, pitcher Phil Bell, pitcher John Bini, catcher Derek Boyle, Burke, Dulay and center fielder Shane Hammel to graduation.