LANCASTER, PA-York College senior
right-hander Chris Brower (Mont Clare, PA/Spring-Ford) twirled a
one-hit gem as the Spartans defeated Franklin & Marshall, 4-0,
in non-conference play on a dreary Wednesday afternoon in
Lancaster, PA. Not only did Brower throw the shutout, he became the
Spartans’ all-time wins leader as he passed former Spartan
great David Ellis for first place on the list with 26 wins.
The Spartans are now 26-8 overall while the Diplomats fall to 19-12.
Brower was dominate all day long. The only hit he allowed was Rich Gallugi’s lead-off single up the middle in the bottom of the second. Brower struck out 11 and did not walk a batter as he tossed his third career shutout and his 11th career complete game. He improves to 7-1 for the season.
Brower got all the offense he would need in the top of the second. Mike Connolly (Selden, NY/Newfield) singled to lead off the inning, advanced to second on a bunt, moved to third on a passed ball and scored when Anthony Anzalone (Rocky Point, NY/Rocky Point) roped a double down the left field line.
York added to the lead in the fifth when senior Jeff Young (Wilmington, DE/Brandywine) ripped an RBI double to center to score David Moller (Schnecksville, PA/Parkland) with the Spartans’ second run of the game.
The Spartans got an unearned run in the seventh and closed out the scoring with an RBI ground out from Dennis Maxim (Port Jefferson Station, NY/St. Anthony’s).
The Spartan offense was led by Young, Conolly, and Ryan Craig (Rocky Point, NY/Rocky Point) as they each banged out two hits. Young and Craig also drove in one run each while Connolly scored one run for YCP. Maxim was 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.
Gallaugi was the lone Diplomat base runner in the game as Brower handcuffed the Diplomats all game long.
Matthew Metsch took the loss as he allowed three runs, two earned, on nine hits with four strikeouts and one walk in seven innings. He falls to 5-3 for the season.
The Spartans return to action on Friday as they host #16 Johns Hopkins at 3:30 pm. The game kicks off a three-game weekend homestand that includes visits to Jaquet Field by #3 Cortland State on Saturday and Christopher Newport on Sunday. Both weekend games start at noon.