Spartans Open Florida Swing with Big Win

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL-The York College baseball team began the Florida portion of their spring trip with a 13-7 win over Rose-Hulman on Tuesday in Port Charlotte, FL. The Spartans improve to 2-3 overall while the Engineers are now 2-2.
    The Spartans jumped out to a 4-0 lead thanks to a big second inning. The green and white loaded the bases and scored their first run on a Mike Santoro (Manalapan, NJ/Manalapan) single. Junior Dennis Maxim (Port Jefferson Station, NY/St. Anthony’s) then unloaded the bases with a three-run double down the left field line.
    The Engineers answered with a bigger inning as they fashioned a six-run top of the third. The six runs came on five hits with one Spartan error.
    The green and white tied the game at six in the bottom of the third on a two-run single to left by freshman Mike Connolly (Selden, NY/Newfield).
    The Spartans captured the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth as senior Jeff Young (Wilmington, DE/Brandywine) stroked an RBI single to right, scoring Connolly with the Spartans’ seventh run.
    York blew the game open in the seventh, putting up six runs keyed by a Connolly RBI single, an RBI double from Santoro, a Bryan Bednarczyk (Columbia, MD/River Hill) RBI single, and a two-run double from sophomore Ryan Craig (Rocky Point, NY/Rocky Point). The other Spartan run came in on a wild pitch.
    Rose Hulman scored the game’s final run in the top of the ninth.
    Spartan reliever Randy Bond (Brandywine, MD/Riverdale Baptist) earned the win with two innings of two-hit ball. He struck out one as he improves to 1-2. Senior Brendan Gilroy (Ridley, PA/Ridley Park) started and allowed six runs, five earned, on six hits in his five inning outing. He struck out three but walked four. Sophomore Jake Hughes (Schwenksville, PA /Souderton) tossed one inning, allowing two hits and a walk while Brett Berry (Brightwaters, NY/Bayshore) closed out the game and allowed one run on two hits in his one inning stint.
    Nick Maloney suffered the loss for the Engineers as he allowed seven runs on nine hits in five innings. He struck out two and walked one. Derek Eitel allowed six more runs on 10 hits with a walk in three innings.
    Connolly and Anthony Anzalone (Rocky Point, NY/Rocky Point) powered the Spartan offense as they both had three hits. Connolly added three RBI and two runs scored while Anzalone scored once for YCP. Maxim added three hits, three RBI, and a run scored. Freshman Mark Miloski (Calverton, NY/Riverhead) added two hits and three runs scored while Young was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Santoro also had a pair of hits, two RBI and two runs scored. All nine Spartan starters had at least one hit in the 19-hit barrage.
    Kellen Hurst was 1-for-4 with three RBI and a runs scored for the Engineers. Adam Knaack and Michael Matsui each went 2-for-4 with one RBI and one runs scored.
    The Spartans return to action on Wednesday afternoon when they face Concordia-Moorhead in the second game of their five-game swing in Port Charlotte. First pitch is slated for 11:30 am.