Spartans Drop CAC Opener at Salisbury

SALISBURY, MD-The rough start to the 2008 season continued for the York College baseball team as the Spartans dropped a 9-0 decision to Salisbury University in the Capital Athletic?Conference opener for both squads. The Spartans, losers of four straight, fall to 1-8 overall and 0-1 in the CAC?while the Sea Gulls are now 7-1 overall and 1-0 in the league.

The Spartans fell behind early as the Sea Gulls got to Spartan starter Jason Christenberry (Yoe, Pa./Dallastown) for a trio of runs in the first. Mike Celenza drove in Randy Boyle, who had singled with one out, to give the hosts a 1-0 lead. Celenza came around to score on a Mark Bostwick fielder’s choice, pushing the Salisbury lead to 2-0. Andrew Miller then singled home Bostwick for the final run of the frame.

After a scoreless second, the Spartans had something cooking in the top of the third. Senior Tim Frisch (New Freedom, PA/Susquehannock) singled to lead off the inning. Rob Klinck (Stanhope, N.J./Lenape Valley Regional) popped up a bunt attempt and Frisch was doubled off, short-circuiting the Spartan rally. Ryan Craig (Rocky Point, N.Y./Rocky Point) followed with a single that may have plated Frisch had he been advanced with the bunt but a fielder’s choice then ended the inning for York. In the bottom of the frame, the Gulls tacked on three more as Boyle singled to lead off the frame and then rode home on a Justin Armiger two run homer to left. Christenberry got the second out of the inning but the long ball got him again as Miller hit a solo shot to left, giving the hosts a 6-0 lead.

That would be more than enough for Salisbury starter Ryan Bennick as he had little trouble with the Spartan lineup. York did had a golden scoring chance in the seventh as they loaded the bases with no outs on singles from Mike Connolly (Selden, N.Y./Newfield), Mike Santoro (Manalapan, N.J./Manalapan), and Steve Pokopec (York, Pa./Northeastern). Unfortunately for the green and white, Bennick got a strikeout and a ground ball double play to extricate himself from the jam.

The Sea Gulls blew the game open in the bottom of the seventh aided by a pair of Spartan errors. Bostwick had a two-run single to increase the Salisbury lead to 8-0. Both runs were unearned due to the two Spartan miscues. Salisbury closed out the scoring in the eight on a Boyle sacrifice fly.

Bennick improves to 3-0 with the win as he tossed the complete game shutout as he scattered nine hits with six strikeouts and no walks.

Christenberry suffers the loss as he is now 0-3. He allowed six runs, five earned, on seven hits with three strikeouts in three innings of work. Freshman Taylor Gunder (Red Lion, Pa./Red Lion) was stellar in his two inning relief outing as he allowed one hit with one walk and one strikeout. Freshman Andrew Rosenzweig (Glen Rock, Pa./Susquehannock) tossed two innings allowing a pair of unearned runs on one hit with a walk. Freshman Michael Roberts (Oceanside, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) allowed a run on three hits as he worked the eighth inning for York.

Offensively, the Sea Gulls were led by Arminger as he was 3-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI. Boyle added two hits, three runs scored and an RBI. Miller was 2-for-4 with two RBI?and a run scored. Bostwick was 1-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored. Celenza added a hit, a run scored and an RBI to the Sea Gull attack.

The Spartans received two hits from Santoro and Anthony Anzalone (Rocky Point, N.Y./Rocky Point) while freshman Devin Harbold (York, Pa./West York) had the Spartans’ lone extra base hit with his eighth inning double.

During the Spartans’ five game losing streak, the Spartans have been outscored 33-8 including 18-2 in the last two games.

York will attempt to get back on the winning side of the ledger on Saturday as they host Salisbury in a CAC twinbill at Jaquet Field. first pitch is scheduled for 12:00 pm. Thursday’s game schedule to be played at Messiah has been postponed and rescheduled for Thursday, April 10 at 3:30 pm.

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