The Phoenix started their NEAC tournament action Friday morning, taking on the Fighting Tigers of SUNY Cobleskill. Wilson found the scoreboard first when Tara Fields (Berryville, Va. / Clark County) batted in two runs in the third inning. The Tigers chipped away at the lead, scoring one run in the fifth inning. In the top of the seventh, Cobleskill had the tying run on third and the go-ahead run on second. Megan Schneck (Bethel, Pa. / Tulpehocken) made an amazing play in the hole at second base to end the game, and secure the 2-1 victory for the Phoenix.
In their first game Saturday morning, Wilson battled the number one seed in the North Division, Keuka College. Again, Wilson found the score board first, scoring in the third inning. However, the Storm scored a run in the sixth inning, tying the game at 1-1. In the bottom of the seventh, Keuka batted in the winning run, defeating Wilson 2-1, and relegating the Phoenix to the second chance bracket.
After a short break, Wilson faced NEAC South rival, Penn State Abington. The Phoenix took an early lead, scoring runs in the first and third innings. Wilson was able to maintain the early four run lead, holding Abington to just one run in the sixth inning securing the 4-1 victory.
In their third game on Saturday, Wilson went to work at the plate, defeating SUNY IT 12-1 in five innings. Several players had standout performances at the plate for the Phoenix. Schneck went 3 for 3 at the plate, scoring three runs. Freshman, Katelyn Wingerd (Orrtanna, Pa. / Gettysburg) went 1 for 2 with 3 RBIs, and sophomore, Faith Ricker (Hagerstown, Md. / North Hagerstown), when 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs and scoring 2 runs.
Sunday morning, Wilson faced Keuka again for the chance to get the championship game, however, suffered an 11-5 loss to the Storm, eliminating the Phoenix from the tournament.
Freshman, Taylor Crouse (Orrtanna, Pa. / Gettysburg) had an outstanding performance on the mound for the Phoenix, pitching every game of the tournament. In 32 innings pitched, Crouse recorded 33 strike outs and a 3.98 earned run average, while holding opponents to just 36 hits, 16 runs and a .283 batting average.
Megan Schneck also turned in an outstanding performance at the plate for Wilson during the course of the weekend. In 18 total plate appearances, Schneck recorded13 hits and 7 runs, with 6 stolen bases, and 0 strike outs. She also led the tournament with a .722 batting average. In addition, her slugging percentage (.778) and on base percentage (.737) ranked second in the tournament.
The Phoenix end the season with a 16-17 record, 16-9 in the conference. Head coach, Brett Cline, was pleased with the passion and determination the team played with at the end of the season. According to Cline, “Our goal going into the tournament was to strive for our dream and leave everything we had on the field. During the tournament, this team played with pride, they played as a unit, and left everything on the field. We are very proud of what they accomplished.”