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Streak Reaches Five with 14-11 Loss
YORK, PA-The York College baseball squad saw their losing streak reach five games as the DeSales University University Bulldogs posted a 14-11 win in a non-conference contest at Jaquet Field on Tuesday. The Bulldogs improve to 9-8 with the win while the Spartans fall to 4-14 overall.
The Bulldogs got on the board first as they struck for three runs in the first. All three runs came after Spartan starter Jake Hughes (Schwenksville, Pa./Souderton) got a pair of outs to start the game. DeSales first baseman Scott Matejicka began the scoring with a long homer to left. Andrew Feher was hit by a pitch and came around to score when Evan Zechman ripped a two-run shot to left as the visitors led 3-0 before the Spartans’ got their first cuts.
The green and white trimmed the DeSales’ lead to 3-2 when Kyle Cook (Pylesville, Md./North Harford) had an RBI ground out and Jim Meehan (Mastic, N.Y./Eastport-South Manor Central) stroked an RBI single in the bottom of the second. York took a 5-3 lead an inning later as Steve Pokopec (York, Pa./Northeastern) ripped a three-run shot to deep left, giving the Spartans a lead that would last until the top of the fourth inning. That’s when the Bulldogs tied the game with combination of a check swing RBI double from Matt Connor that landed on the right field line and a Spartan error that allowed a run to score.
Each team scored single runs in the fifth and sixth inning as the teams headed to the seventh tied at seven. After a scoreless seventh, the eighth inning was a wild frame that featured a combined nine runs.
In the Bulldogs’ top of the eighth, Spartan reliever Taylor Gunder (Red Lion, Pa./Red Lion) got the first two out of the innings courtesy of a line out and a strikeout. That’s when the roof caved in. Back-to-back doubles put the Bulldogs up one run before Michael Roberts (Oceanside, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) relieved Gunder. Roberts walked the first batter he faced to put runners at first and second. Zechman then singled through the left side to increase the lead to 9-7. Doc Neiman then plunged the dagger into the Spartans with a three-run homer that increased the led to 12-7.
Much to the Spartans’ credit, they responded in the bottom of the inning. Freshman Rob Klinck (Stanhope, N.J./Lenape Valley Regional) led off the frame with his first collegiate home run, a moon shot to deep left. After Cook reached on a DeSales error, Meehan and Mike Connolly (Selden, N.Y./Newfield) had back-to-back singles to load the bases. After a strikeout, Anthony Anzalone (Rocky Point, N.Y./Rocky Point) ripped a single up the middle to plate two, cutting the Spartan deficit to 12-10. Mike Santoro (Manalapan, N.J./Manalapan) followed that with a single up the middle to score Connolly as York drew to within a run. That would be as close as the green and white would get.
DeSales got a pair of key insurance runs in the ninth as Ryan Blacker had a two-out, two-run single.
Mark Reilly earned the win in relief for the Bulldogs. He tossed two innings, allowing four runs, one earned, on four hits with a pair of strikeouts in two innings of work. He improves to 2-1 with the victory. Joe Walsh picked up his second save of the year as he allowed no runs on two hits with a pair of strikeouts.
Gunder absorbed the loss as he allowed three runs on four hits in 2.2 innings of action. He struck out two and walked one as he falls to 0-2.
Offensively, the Bulldogs were led by Matejicka as he was 3-for-4 with three RBI and an RBI. He had a two doubles and a home run on the day. Zechman and Neiman each had two hits, three RBI and a pair of runs scored while Heard was 2-for-5 with two runs scored.
The Spartan offense was led by Klinck as the freshman was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI. Pokopec was 1-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored while Santoro was 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. Senior Dennis Maxim (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y./St. Anthony’s) added two hits and a pair of runs scored. Meehan had a pair of hits, two RBI and a run scored.
The green and white look to snap their losing streak on Wednesday as they travel to St. Mary’s College to face the Seahawks in a Capital Athletic Conference contest. First pitch is set for 3:00 pm.