LITTLE FALLS, NJ-The York College baseball team lost their final road game of the year, falling to Montclair State University 6-1 in a non-conference contest at Yogi Berra Stadium in Little Falls, N.J. The Red Hawks improve to 23-14 overall while the Spartans continue their difficult season, falling to 12-27 overall.
The Red Hawks jumped on Spartan starter Jake Hughes (Schwenksville, Pa./Souderton) for two runs on three hits in the bottom of the first. The Red Hawks got their first run on a Hughes’ wild pitch while their second tally of the inning came courtesy of a Mike Ercolano RBI double to center.
The hosts pushed the lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the third on a Rob Clark sacrifice fly. The Red Hawks put the game away in the sixth as they roughed up Spartan reliever Michael Roberts (Oceanside, N.Y../Kellenberg Memorial) for three runs on two hits with two walks.
The Spartans spoiled the shutout in the ninth as Dennis Maxim (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y./St. Anthony’s) walked, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a Mike Santoro (Manalapan, N.J./Manalapan) RBI single. Steve Pokopec (Manchester, Pa./Northeastern) followed Santoro with a single of his own but Red Hawk reliever Marty Cabalar got two flyouts and a strikeout to end the Spartan threat.
Tim Stringer earned the win for the Red Hawks as he tossed five shutout innings. Stringer scattered three hits, walked three and struck out three as he improves to 4-5 for the year. Three Red Hawk relievers combined to throw three perfect innings before Cabalar allowed a run on two hits with a walk and a strikeout.
Hughes suffered the loss as he allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits in five innings. He struck out two and walked one as he falls to 3-3 for the campaign.
Stephen Piscitello led the Red Hawk offense as he was 2-for-3 with a run scored. Andrew Himmelfarb was 1-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored. Ercolano and Clark each had a hit and an RBI in the game.
The Spartans had five players each record a single hit in the game. Santoro was 1-for-4 with York’s lone RBI while Mike Connolly (Selden, N.Y./Newfield) had York’s only extra base hit with his first inning double.
York closes out its regular season with three games over the next four days. The stand begins with a two-game set against Ferrum on Thursday and Friday and then concludes with a game against Ithaca on Sunday afternoon. Thursday’s contest against Ferrum is slated to begin at 4:00 pm.