Seton Hill captures second consecutive PSAC title
There is something about Point Stadium that brings out the best in the Seton Hill baseball team. For the second consecutive season and third time in school history, Seton Hill won a conference title in Johnstown.
Seton Hill picked a great time to start playing its best baseball of the season.
The Griffins captured their second consecutive Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference title early Sunday morning, defeating Millersville, 5-1, in the championship game. Seton Hill (31-20) also earned the automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament.
“It was a great championship game,” coach Marc Marizzaldi said, “All season we underachieved. But having 14 seniors on the roster helped. They kind of knew what to expect and what to do.
“The things that haunted us all season didn't occur. We played an almost-perfect tournament. We committed only one error the entire tournament.”
Pitchers Michael Bryja and Perry Dellavalle combined to shut down Millersville's offense to the tune of six hits and one run. Bryja got the win, and Dellavalle picked up the save. He struck out seven in 3 1⁄3.
Tyler Sullivan had two RBIs and two hits, and Carl Turner went 3 for 3 with an RBI.
Sullivan singled home Turner in the fifth inning to snap a 1-1 tie. The Griffins added two runs in the seventh and another in the eighth to close the scoring.
“We've matured as a team,” Marizzaldi said. “The players never panicked.”
Relief pitcher Kenny Wells, the 2017 PSAC Tournament Most Valuable Player, wasn't used the entire tournament. He had two wins and a save in last year's tournament.
The championship game didn't start until 10 p.m. after it was delayed by four and half hours by thunderstorms. It finished near 1 a.m.
Earlier in the day, pitcher Jared Kollar (Latrobe) pitched his best game of the season, allowing six hits, one earned run, one walk and two strikeouts as Seton Hill eliminated Shippensburg, 11-1, in seven innings. The game was stopped because of the 10-run rule.
Ryan Grieco (Franklin Regional) paced the Griffins' 17-hit attack with two hits. He drove in the first two runs of the game with a single in a four-run first inning.
Shortstop Sullivan (double) had three hits and three RBIs, Mark Colella had four hits (double) and two RBIs and Garret Vrbanic had three hits (triple and double).