YORK, PA-The York College baseball team
avoided their longest losing streak of the season with a 4-3
non-conference victory over Rutgers-Newark on Tuesday afternoon in
York. The Spartans snapped their two game losing streak as they
improve to 25-8 overall. The Scarlet Raiders fall to 11-23 with the
The Spartans got on the board first as Ryan Poff (York, PA/Spring Grove) doubled and scored on a David Moller (Schnecksville, PA/Parkland) singled to right in the bottom of the second. The Spartans added to the lead in the bottom of the third as senior Jeff Young (Wilmington, DE/Brandywine) walked with one out and scored on a booming Ryan Craig (Rocky Point, NY/Rocky Point) triple to right center. After a pop out and a hit batter, senior Bryan Bednarczyk (Columbia, MD/River Hill) doubled to right, plating Craig and putting Spartans at second and third. Poff walked to load the bases but Raider pitcher Jack Winters got a strikeout, preventing any further damage.
The Rutgers-Newark bullpen held the Spartans in check over the next three innings before the Spartans got a huge insurance run in the seventh. Freshman Anthony Anzalone (Rocky Point, NY/Rocky Point) singled down the left field line but was erased on a Young fielder’s choice. Young went to second on a wild pitch and scored when Mike Santoro (Manalapan, NJ/Manalapan) stroked a double to right center. Santoro and Craig, who had walked earlier in the inning, were left stranded at second and third as the next two Spartans were retired on ground outs.
The Scarlet Raiders finally reached Spartan starter Jason Christenberry (Yoe, PA/Dallastown), who was nearly unhittable in the first seven innings, in the top of the eighth The frame began with Anthony Yeswita reaching on an error. John Farmer then doubled down the left field line to score Yeswita with the Raiders’ first run. Joe Furnaguera pinch hit and singled to left to move Farmer to third. Anthony Kaplon pinch ran and stole second to put runners at second and third with no outs. Christenberry got a strikeout but Brian Gill got an infield single to score Farmer, cutting the Spartan lead to 4-2. Bill Mercurio then reached on another Spartan error, allowing Kaplon to score as the Spartan lead dwindled to 4-3. The Spartans’ Bednarczyk then made the play of the game as he stabbed a shot down the third base line by Dan Zika. Bednarczyk stepped on third to force out the runner and then made an accurate, off-balance throw, nailing Zika to complete the double play, ending the Raider threat.
The Spartans went quietly in the eighth, setting the stage for an exciting top of the ninth. Spartan sophomore Jake Hughes (Schwenksville, PA/Souderton) relieved Christenberry and got two quick outs before running into a bit of trouble. Hughes walked Yeswita to put the tying run on. After a number of tosses to first sprinkled in with a few pitches to Farmer, Hughes faced a 2-1 count. He buckled down and threw a strike to even the count at 2-2. He then got Farmer to chase a high fastball for a strikeout, ending the game.
Christenberry was outstanding as he improves to 5-0. He tossed eight innings, allowing three runs, one earned, on five hits with three strikeouts and a pair of walks. Hughes recorded his fourth save of the year as he allowed a walk in his one inning of work.
Winters suffered the loss as he allowed three runs on five hits with two strikeouts and two walks in three innings of work. He falls to 0-7. Reliever Thanos Iglesias allowed one hit in his three inning stint. Iglesias walked one and struck out another. Matt Kimball surrendered one run on two hits with a strikeout and a walk in two innings of action.
The Spartan offense received two hits from Santoro as he celebrated moving into the three spot in the lineup with a single, a double and an RBI. Young was 1-for-3 with two runs scored while Craig was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Bednarczyk and Moller had the Spartans’ other RBI.
Gill collected two of the Raiders’ five hits. Farmer was 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored while Furnaguera was 1-for-1 as a pinch hitter.
The Spartans return to action on Wednesday afternoon when the green and white travels across the Susquehanna River to face the Franklin & Marshall Diplomats. First pitch in Lancaster is set for 4:00 pm.