FERRUM, VA-The York College baseball squad remained alive in the 2007 NCAA Division III Tournament as they sent Capital Athletic Conference rival Salisbury University home thanks to a 4-3 win on Friday morning. The Spartans improve to 31-13 overall while the Sea Gulls see an outstanding campaign come to an end with a mark of 33-10. York won three of their four games against Salisbury this season.
The Spartans fell behind in the third as Hunter Wessells doubled down the left field line, advanced to third on a Colin Kraus single and scored on an Andrew Jensen sacrifice fly to right. The green and white tied the game in the bottom of the frame as Ryan Poff (York, PA/Spring Grove) reached on a throwing error, advanced to second on a sacrifice and scored when Bryan Bednarczyk (Columbia, MD/River Hill) laced a single to right.
York went up 2-1 just an inning later as Poff drove in Matt Austin (Shrewsbury, PA/Susquehannock) with an RBI single to right.
The Spartans added to the lead in the sixth courtesy of a Salisbury defensive lapse and some errant Sea Gull pitching. The inning began with a double down the right field line by Dennis Maxim (Port Jefferson Station, NY/St. Anthony’s). He advanced to third on a wild pitch from Salisbury starter Bryan Brainer. Brainer then uncorked another wild pitch on ball four to Austin, scoring Maxim with York’s third run. After a sacrifice bunt moved Austin to third, he was thrown out at third as he was attempting to steal. Ryan Craig (Rocky Point, NY/Rocky Point) reignited the rally with a single. He moved to second when Poff reached on an error with two outs. After Mike Connolly (Selden, NY/Newfield) walked to load the bases, reliever Eric Willey uncorked the Sea Gulls’ sixth wild pitch of the game, scoring Craig with a critical insurance run.
Salisbury reached Spartan ace Chris Brower (Mont Clare, PA/Spring-Ford), who was in relief of starterJason Christenberry (Yoe, PA/Dallastown), for an unearned run in the eighth. Kraus walked to lead off the inning and Jensen singled to right as the Gulls appeared to be on the brink of a big inning. Brower buckled down and induced Justin Armiger into a 6-3 double play. Kraus did manage to score on a passed ball but it could have been far worse for York.
Salisbury edged closer in the ninth as Mike Celenza homered to deep right to start the inning. Brower then got a pair of strikeouts and a ground out to earn the save, his second of the year.
Christenberry earned the win as he improves to 6-0 for the season. He tossed six innings, allowing one run on five hits with three strikeouts and no walks. Brower, coming off just one day rest after starting against Ferrum on Wednesday, allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits and two strikeouts. He walked a season-high tying three batters in his three inning stint.
Brainer, who shutout the Spartans 6-0 in the quarterfinals of the CAC tournament, absorbed the loss as he allowed three runs, two earned, on eight hits in five innings. He falls to 8-3 for the season. Brainer struck out two and walked two others. Willey allowed one run on one hit and a walk in his one inning of action. Dan Oleynik tossed the final two innings for the Gulls and did not allow a hit as he struck out two.
The Spartans were paced by Craig and Maxim as they each had a pair of hits. Craig was 2-for-5 with a run scored while Maxim was 2-for-4 with a run scored including his sixth double of the year. Poff added a hit, an RBI and a run scored while Bednarczyk was 1-for-4 with an RBI.
Kraus and Celenza led the Salisbury offense. Kraus was 2-for-3 with a run scored while Celenza was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored on his fifth home run of the year. Jensen added a hit and an RBI while Wessells was 1-for-5 with a run scored.
York returns to action on Friday afternoon as they face Methodist University in another elimination game. First pitch from Panther Field is slated for 4:30 pm.