ATLANTA, GA-The York College baseball team
suffered another tough loss as #19 Emory University edged the
Spartans 7-6 in 10 innings in the final game of the 2007 Rawlings
Southern Classic in Atlanta, GA. The Eagles, who are ranked 19th in
the nation, improve to 5-0 while the Spartans fall to 1-3. All
three of the Spartans’ setbacks have come by one run and two
of the three losses came in 10 innings.
The Spartans struck first as freshman Mike Connolly (Selden, NY/Newfield) singled to left, scoring Anthony Anzalone (Rocky Point, NY/Rocky Point) with the game’s first run in the top of the second.
The Eagles tied the game in the bottom of the second inning but York scored a single run in the top of the third as Anzalone notched an RBI ground out, scoring sophomore Ryan Craig (Rocky Point, NY/Rocky Point) with York’s second run.
The Spartan lead lasted until the bottom of the sixth as the Eagles put three runs on the board to take a 4-2 lead. Two of the three runs came on a Steve Bralver homer while the third tally came on a Joe Roth sacrifice fly.
York answered the Eagles’ three-spot with a four-run outburst. Senior Bryan Bednarczyk (Columbia, MD/River Hill) drove in the first run of the inning with an RBI single. Anzalone continues his impressive start as he stroked a two-run single to left and then fellow freshman Mark Miloski (Calverton, NY/Riverhead) plated the fourth run with an RBI single of his own.
Emory tied the game in the bottom of the eighth thanks to a pair of RBI doubles from Bo Schill and Andrew Carroll.
The Eagles won the game in the bottom of the tenth as Schill doubled and was pinch run for by Jake Ornstein. Ornstein then advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on reliever Randy Bond’s (Brandywine, MD/Riverdale Baptist) wild pitch. The wild pitch was the Spartans fifth of the game.
Bond suffered the loss as he falls to 0-2. He tossed 0.1 innings, allowing one run on one hit. Spartan starter Jason Christenberry (Yoe, PA/Dallastown) tossed eight innings, allowing six runs, five earned, on nine hits with three strikeouts and three walks.
Rich Babb earned the win as he tossed two innings, allowing one hit with one strikeout. Emory starter Anthony Vidal allowed five runs, three earned, on nine hits in 6.1 innings of work.
Roth and Schill each had two hits to pace the Emory offense. Roth added a run scored and an RBI while Schill had two RBI and a run scored.
Anzalone led the Spartan offense with two hits, three RBI, and a run scored. Miloski, Ryan Poff (Spring Grove, PA/Spring Grove), and Mike Santoro (Manalapan, NJ/Manalapan) each added two hits to the Spartan offensive attack.
The Spartans now head to Port Charlotte, FL where they will play five games starting with a contest against Rose Hulman on Tuesday at 11:00 am.