SALISBURY, MD-The York College baseball squad
picked up a big Capital Athletic Conference road victory as they
traveled to Salisbury University and left with a 3-1 conference win
on Easter Sunday. The Spartans, winners of three straight and 19 of
their last 21 games, improve to 20-5 overall and 6-1 in the
conference. Salisbury, the eighth ranked team in the nation falls
to 22-5 and 5-3 in the CAC.
The two starting pitchers, Spartan senior Chris Brower (Mont Clare, PA/Spring-Ford) and Salisbury’s Bryan Brainer, matched each other zero for zero over the first four innings of the game. The green and white finally broke the scoreless tie in the fifth. The uprising started with a Dennis Maxim (Port Jefferson Station, NY/St. Anthony’s) one-out double. Senior Jeff Young (Wilmington, DE/Brandywine) reached on catcher’s interference and then both runners advanced a base thanks to a passed ball. On the initial passed ball, Maxim was able to score when Salisbury catcher Tyler Riley’s throw to third got away for an error. Young then scored on consecutive wild pitches, giving the green and white the 2-0 lead.
York tacked on another run in the top of the seventh as Young singled, advanced to second on another Riley error, and then scored on a throwing error from reliever Adam Keeling.
The Sea Gulls finally got to Brower in the bottom of the eighth for one run on a Andrew Jensen sacrifice fly.
Tim Frisch (New Freedom, PA/Susquehannock), the Spartan starter who shutdown Salisbury on Wednesday, relieved Brower in the ninth and picked up his second save of the year, returning the favor to Brower who had picked up a save in Wednesday’s game.
Brower improves to 4-1 with the victory as he allowed one run on three hits with six strikeouts and three walks in eight innings. Frisch allowed one walk in the ninth but that free pass came with two outs and did not hurt him.
Brainer suffered the loss as he falls to 6-2. He allowed two runs, both unearned, on five hits with seven strikeouts and one walk in five innings of work. Keeling allowed one run on three hits with three strikeouts in 3.1 innings of action.
Offensively, Young was 3-for-3 with two runs scored as he continues to be outstanding for York. Maxim was the only other Spartan with multiple hits as he was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Maxim’s double in the fifth was the game’s lone extra base hit.
Salisbury was handcuffed on three hits with Randy Boyle, Alex Vitale, and Riley each had singles for the Gulls.
The Spartans continue their four-game road trip on Tuesday as they travel to Messiah College to face the Falcons. Game time in Grantham, PA is set for 3:30 pm.