Michael “Buck” Schwab completed his four-year career as a Lehigh University pitcher by appearing in 14 games this spring and earning one of the university athletic department’s most prestigious awards for his off-field conduct.
Schwab received the department’s top service award, the Marlene “Linny” Fowler Service Award. The chemical engineering major has been a Student-Athlete Council Co-Captain and was named as a Dean Scholar. He was a member of the baseball team’s Leadership Council and helped organize a project in which the baseball team “adopted” a young boy with mental disabilities.
On the mound, Schwab was 0-1 with a 4.50 earned run average while striking out seven and walking four in 14 innings over 15 games. A member of the 2015 Patriot League championship team, the left-handed Schwab pitched in 31 games, all as a reliever, in his four-year Lehigh career.
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Wyoming Area graduate Zach Lopatka played in 27 games as a position player and made 10 pitching appearances as a junior at Youngstown State University.
It was Lopatka’s first season with the Division I team after spending two years playing junior college baseball at Lackawanna College.
Lopatka started 14 times in left field, nine times as a designated hitter and eight times on the mound. He batted .183 with 17 walks, two doubles, five RBI, eight runs scored and three stolen bases in four tries.
As a pitcher, Lopatka was 0-4 with a 7.18 ERA. He struck out 23 and walked 13 in 31 1/3 innings.
Evan Musto, a sophomore from Wyoming Area, is gradually working himself into more playing time at Kutztown University.
Musto went 6-for-14 (.429) with two doubles and four RBI for the Golden Bears. After playing in just three of the first 24 games, he played in six of the last 17, including making both of his starts.
After starting two games at first base the week before, Musto played both first base and catcher during his final appearance of the season.
Kutztown went 12-15 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and finished 19-22 overall.
Pittston Area graduate Kyle O’Fier and Wyoming Area graduate Jeremy Zezza both played on Bloomsburg University’s national tournament team. Their seasons were recapped in a previous edition of the Dispatch.
Steve Shamnoski made an early impact at Suffolk University.
The freshman from Pittston Area played 30 games at catcher for the Rams, a Boston-based team that advanced to the NCAA Division III national tournament.
Shamoski batted .210 with a home run, five RBI, four runs scored and a stolen base.
Suffolk won its fourth straight Great Northeast Athletic Conference title.
Shamnoski’s high school teammate, Tyler Jackson, recently completed his first season at Penn State-Scranton.
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