Bullets' Ninth Inning Rally Sinks Spartans

GETTYSBURG, PA-The York College baseball team suffered another ninth inning loss as Gettysburg College got a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to capture an 8-7 non-conference win over the Spartans on a rainy Tuesday afternoon in Gettysburg. The Bullets improve to 7-8 overall while the Spartans fall to 4-10.

After three scoreless innings to start the game, the Spartans got on the board first in the top of the fourth as Mike Santoro (Manalapan, N.J./Manalapan) drove in Ryan Craig (Rocky Point, N.Y./Rocky Point) with an RBI single. The Bullets got a two-run homer from Mike Backus in the bottom of the inning to take a 2-1 lead.

Gettysburg pushed the lead to 3-1 with Backus double that plated Mike Donahue in the bottom of the fifth.

York tied the game in the top of the sixth as senior Dennis Maxim (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y./St. Anthony’s) had an RBI double and then came around to score on a Santoro RBI single.

The Bullets took a 6-3 lead with a trio of runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Two Spartan errors in the inning aided the Gettysburg uprising as the rain began to fall at a steadier pace as the game wore on.

Each team got single runs in the eighth inning. York’s run came when Maxim hit an opposite field home run while Gettysburg’s run came on an Andrew Burton RBI double.

The Spartans rallied to tie the game in the top of the ninth with three runs. Matt Austin (Shrewsbury, Pa./Susquehannock) got the Spartans’ first run as he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. After a flyout to center, Santoro walked in other run. Anthony Anzalone (Rocky Point, N.Y./Rocky Point) drove in York’s third run on a fielder’s choice. The Spartans reloaded the bases but would be unable to break the tie, setting the stage for Gettysburg’s bottom of the ninth.

Chris Simard began the bottom of the ninth with a single through the left side. He advanced to second on a wild pitch and to third on a sacrifice. He scored the game-winning run when Scott Vladyka singled up the middle, giving York its third loss in their opponent’s final at bat this year.

Packer Larson earned the win in relief for the Bullets as he got Gettysburg out of the top of the ninth inning jam. Starter Michael Sweeney tossed the first six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and three walks.

Freshman Taylor Gunder (Red Lion, Pa./Red Lion) suffered the loss as he allowed two runs on four hits with one walk in 1.1 innings of work. He falls to 0-1. Jason Christenberry (Yoe, Pa./Dallastown) started for the Spartans and got a no decision as he threw seven innings. Christenberry allowed six runs, five earned, on eight hits with six strikeouts and one walk.

Offensively, Backus led the Bullets as he was 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored. Burton was also 3-for-4 as he added one RBI and one run scored. Vladyka was the third Bullet to have multiple hits as he was 2-for-5 with the game-winning RBI.

York was led by Maxim as the senior was 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. Santoro was 2-for-3 with three RBI while Craig was the third Spartan with multiple hits as he was 2-for-5 with a run scored.

The Spartans will return to action on Friday as they host Mary Washington in a Capital Athletic Conference contest. The game will also be the Spartans’ home opener for 2008. The game was originally scheduled for Wednesday, however, the heavy rain forecasted for the area have led to the game to be moved to Friday. The expected rain has also led to the cancellation of the game against Ithaca College scheduled for Thursday. Game time on Friday is scheduled for 3:00 pm.

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