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Spartans Defeat Ferrum 8-6 to Sweep Series

YORK, PA-The York College baseball team notched an 8-6 win over Ferrum College on a sun drenched Friday afternoon in York in the second game of a two-game set in York. The Spartans, who have won  three of their last four, improve to 14-27 overall while the Panthers conclude their 2008 schedule with a mark of 10-23.

The Spartans got on the board in the bottom of the opening frame as Rob Klinck (Stanhope, N.J./Lenape Valley Regional) led off the inning with a single to left. He moved to second when Panther shortstop Jesse Fuller missed the relay throw from second baseman Jason Butterworth on a tailor made double play off the bat of Mike Connolly (Selden, N.Y./Newfield). Klinck came around to score when Ryan Poff (York, Pa./Spring Grove) banged into a double play.

The Panthers reached Spartan starter Andrew Rosenzweig (Glen Rock, Pa./Susquehannock) for a pair of runs in the third as Travis Crump had an RBI single and came around to score on a Fuller sacrifice fly.

The Spartans tied the game in the bottom of the third as Klinck singled to center, scoring fellow freshman Kyle Cook (Plyesville, Md./North Harford) with York’s second run of the game.

The green and white increased the lead to 4-2 in the fourth as senior Dennis Maxim (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y./St. Anthony’s) launched a line drive home run deep to left to lead off the inning. The tater was his fourth of the year. Cook added a second run in the inning with an RBI single through the left side.

The Spartans continued to take advantage of the Ferrum defense in the fifth. Poff reached on a one out error by third baseman Eric Harrell. Maxim was intentionally walked to put runners at first and second. Mike Santoro (Manalapan, N.J./Manalapan) then delivered Poff with an RBI single to left. Maxim and Santoro each moved up a base on a wild pitch and scored when Steve Pokopec (York, Pa./Northeastern) smoked a double to the left-center gap.

York tallied their final run in the sixth as Klinck reached on an error, the Panthers’ fifth of the day, and scored on a Poff fielder’s choice.

The Panthers made things interesting in the eighth inning as they chased Rosenzweig from the game in the frame. The inning began with Crump single. Rosenzweig got a ground ball to third but Pokopec was unable to handle the chance, putting Panthers at first and second. Rosenzweig proceeded to hit Fuller to load the bases. The Spartan freshman then coaxed Baker to hit into a double play that allowed a run to score but got the Spartans two outs. Freshman reliever Taylor Gunder (Red Lion, Pa./Red Lion) entered the game and allowed an RBI single to Harrell and then a two-run home run down the right field line by Kevin Marshall as the guests trimmed the lead to 8-6.

The Panthers got a double to left with one out in the ninth but Gunder got a pair of ground outs to short to end the game.

Rosenzweig earned the win as he allowed four runs, two earned, on 10 hits with two strikeouts and no walks in 7.2 innings of work. He improves to 4-6 with the win.

Tyler Milstead suffered the loss as he allowed seven runs, four earned, on eight hits in 4.1 innings of work. He walked one and did not record a strikeout as he falls to 1-4.

Offensively, the Spartans were led by Klinck, Santoro and Cook as they each had two hits. Klinck and Santoro each chipped in two runs scored and an RBI while Cook had an RBI and a run scored. Pokopec was 1-for-4 with two RBI for York.

Crump and Harrell paced the Panther offensive effort. Crump was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI. Harrell was 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Marshall was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored on his fifth home run of the year.

The Spartans conclude their regular season on Sunday afternoon as they host Ithaca College in a non-conference contest. First pitch at Jaquet Field is set for 4:00 pm.

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