March 26, 2007

Spartans Edge Hopkins 3-2 on Monday

    BALTIMORE, MD-The York College baseball team received another strong pitching performance as they defeated Johns Hopkins University 3-2 in a non-conference contest on Monday afternoon in Baltimore, MD. The Spartans, winners of four straight, improve to 11-4 overall while the Blue Jays fall to 10-3. The loss snaps Hopkins’ six game win streak.
    The Blue Jays jumped on Spartan starter Jason Christenberry (Yoe, PA/Dallastown) early as Hopkins’ shortstop Jonas Fester hit Christenberry’s third pitch of the game over the wall in left, giving the hosts the 1-0 lead.
    The green and white got on the board in the fourth. Senior Jeff Young (Wilmington, DE/Brandywine) singled to left and advanced to third when freshman Mike Connolly (Selden, NY/Newfield) stroked a double to left. Dennis Maxim (Port Jefferson Station, NY/St. Anthony’s) plated Young with an RBI ground out to second while Connolly moved to third. Bryan Bednarczyk (Columbia, MD/River Hill) then sent Connolly home with an RBI ground out to short, giving York the 2-1 lead.
    Hopkins tied the game at two in the fifth on an RBI ground out to Christenberry.
    The Spartans took the lead for good in the seventh as Bednarczyk reached on an error, stole second, advanced to third on ground out and scored on a Ryan Craig (Rocky Point, NY/Rocky Point) RBI single through the right side.
    Christenberry and Johns Hopkins starter Chez Angeloni were both outstanding in the game. Christenberry tossed 7.2 innings, allowing two runs on five hits with two strikeouts and three walks. He improves to 3-0 with the win. Sophomore Jake Hughes (Schwenksville, PA/Souderton) threw the final 1.1 innings and he was perfect to pick up his second save of the year. Angeloni was hard-luck loser as he tossed a complete game, allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits with four strikeouts and no walks. He falls to 0-2 for the season as both losses have been complete game efforts.
    Connolly had the Spartans’ lone extra base hit as he was 1-for-4 with a run scored. Young was also 1-for-4 with a run scored while Craig was 1-for-3 with an RBI.
    Fester paced the Hopkins offense with his home run in the first. Tony Margve had the Blue Jays other extra base hit with his fifth inning double.
    The Spartans return to action on Tuesday as they host Montclair in a non-conference contest at Jaquet Field. Game time is set for 3:00 pm.

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