JOHNSTOWN — Brandon Shimo pitched a four-hitter as the Kutztown University baseball team beat Mercyhurst University 6-1 Wednesday in the opening game of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Tournament at Point Stadium.
Mercyhurst (30-19) fell into the losers’ bracket of the double-elimination tournament.
The Lakers scored their only run in the fifth inning on an RBI single by Anthony Tomasone.
Mercyhurst ace Ben Rawding pitched a complete game but took the loss after allowing six earned runs on 12 hits.
The Lakers will play an elimination game Thursday at 11 a.m. against California.
Gannon (23-17) lost 8-5 to East Stroudsburg (29-11) in a game that was delayed more than 4 hours because of lightning.
Knights ace Shayne Herold (9-1) suffered his first loss as East Stroudsburg’s Chris Knott broke a 4-4 tie in the top of the seventh with a two-out, three-run home run off Herold.
Michael Tomko led the Knights, falling a triple short of the cycle and driving in three runs.
Gannon will face the loser of Thursday morning’s game between Slippery Rock and Millersville at 2 p.m.