PORT CHARLOTTE, FL-The York College baseball
team remained red hot as the Spartans defeated St. John’s
University of Minnesota 5-3 in their final game of their 2007
spring trip. The green and white is now 6-3 as they have won five
straight. St. John’s falls to 2-7 overall with the loss.
The Spartans opened the scoring in the third as junior Dennis Maxim (Port Jefferson Station, NY/St. Anthony’s) launched a solo home run to lead off the frame. Sophomore Ryan Poff (Spring Grove, PA/Spring Grove) drove home the inning’s second run with a RBI fielder’s choice with the bases loaded.
York added a trio of runs in the fourth as freshman Mark Miloski (Calverton, NY/Riverhead) opened the inning with a double down the left field line. Freshman Mike Connolly (Selden, NY/Newfield) singled and advanced to second when the throw went to third to try to get Miloski. Maxim continued his big day with a triple that scored Miloski and Connolly, putting the Spartans up 4-0. Maxim eventually scored on a fielding error by Johnnies’ third baseman Matt Meyer.
Spartan starter Matt Austin (Shrewsbury, PA/Susquehannock) was cruising until the top of the eighth when the Johnnies got to the big right-hander for three runs. St. John’s used three hits including a pair of infield hits, a Spartan error, and a hit batter to score the three runs.
Austin weathered the storm and came out for the ninth. He set the Johnnies down in order to put the finishing touches on the Spartans’ first complete game of the year. Austin improves to 2-0 with the victory as he finished the game allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits with four strikeouts and no walks.
Dusty Wilfahrt suffered the loss as he allowed five runs, four earned, on six hits two strikeouts and one walk in three innings of work. Reliever T. J. Nelson kept the Johnnies in the game as he gave up just three hits with one walk and five strikeouts in five innings of stellar relief.
Maxim was the Spartans’ offensive star with two hits, three RBI, and two runs scored. Senior Bryan Bednarczyk (Columbia, MD/River Hil) and freshman Anthony Anzalone (Rocky Point, NY/Rocky Point) each added a pair of hits to the Spartan offensive attack.
The St. John’s offense was led by John Heinbigner as he was 1-for-4 with an RBI. Jay Kasner had the Johnnies’ other RBI. Austin did not allow St. John’s to get an extra base hit in the game.
The Spartans return to York on Sunday before heading to Dickinson College on Tuesday to face the Red Devils in a non-conference contest. Game time in Carlisle is set for 3:00 pm.