May 17, 2007

Spartans Pound Mustangs to Remain Alive in Tournament

FERRUM, VA-The York College baseball team woke up from its offensive slumber as the green and white hammered the Villa Julie Mustangs 21-0 in the second round of the 2007 NCAA Baseball Ferrum Regional in Ferrum, VA. The green and white improve to 30-13 overall while the Mustangs conclude their season with a mark of 24-21.
The Spartans opened the floodgates early, tallying six runs in the top of the first inning. The Spartans sent 10 hitters to the plate and banged out seven hits en route to the six runs. Freshman Mike Connolly (Selden, NY/Newfield), freshman Anthony Anzalone (Rocky Point, NY/Rocky Point), and Dennis Maxim (Port Jefferson Station, NY/St. Anthony’s) each had RBI hits in the inning whileMatt Austin (Shrewsbury, PA/Susquehannock) plated the final two runs of the frame courtesy of a booming double to center.
The green and white tacked on single runs in the third and fourth innings as the lead grew to 8-0.
The Spartans blew the game open in the sixth. York sent 12 men to the plate, collected six hits, and scored eight runs as the lead ballooned to 16-0.
York added a Connolly RBI single in the seventh and then closed out the scoring with four more runs in the eighth.
Junior Tim Frisch (New Freedom, PA/Susquehannock) was the beneficiary of the bountiful Spartan offense as he threw six innings, allowing four hits with two strikeouts and one walk. Frisch improves to 6-3 with the win. Chris Frankenfield (Blue Bell, PA/Wissahickon), Randy Bond (Brandywine, MD/Riverdale Baptist), and Logan Abel (Wrightsville, PA/Home Schooled) each pitched a scoreless inning to preserve the shutout, the Spartans’ sixth of the year.
Buddy Breidenbaugh took the loss as he falls to 3-6 for the year. Breidenbaugh allowed eight runs, six earned, on nine hits in four innings. The Mustang bullpen was little relief as three VJC relievers combined to allow 13 runs on 12 hits with three strikeouts and a pair of walks in five innings of action.
The Spartans banged out 21 hits in the game, the fourth time this year the Spartans have had 20 or more hits in a game. Four Spartans hitters had three hits each led by Anzalone as the first baseman was 3-for-6 with four RBI and two runs scored. Senior Bryan Bednarczyk (Columbia, MD/River Hill) was 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Connolly contributed three hits, three RBI, and a pair of runs scored. Austin chipped in with three hits, including a pair of doubles, three RBI, and a run scored. Maxim added two hits, three RBI and two runs scored. Every Spartan starter had at least one hit and seven starters had multiple hits. Senior lead-off hitterJeff Young (Wilmington, DE/Brandywine) scored four times and drove in another with two hits.
Wade Keenan led the Mustangs with two hits including his seventh two-bagger of the year. Dave Brown came off the bench and had a pair of singles for Villa Julie.
The Spartans return to tournament action on Friday morning as they face the loser of the Salisbury - Ferrum game. Friday’s contest is scheduled to start at 10:00 am at Panther Field in Ferrum.