Spartans Earn 10-4 Win over Moravian

YORK, PA - The York College baseball team posted a solid 10-4 non-conference win over Moravian Tuesday evening at York's Jacquet Field. With the win the Spartans improve to 8-19 in 2008 while the Greyhounds fall to 11-13.

York opened the scoring in the bottom of the first with a pair of runs. A Ryan Craig (Rocky Point, N.Y./Rocky Point) single and subsequent steal allowed Ryan Poff (York, Pa./Spring Grove) to knock in the Spartan's second baseman with a single to right field. Poff scored later in the inning on a Steve Pokopec (York, Pa./Northeastern) single to boost the early green and white advantage to 2-0 at the end of one inning.

The Spartans then exploded in the bottom of the second, plating five more runs off Moravian starting pitcher Richard Schultz. Rob Klinck (Stanhope, N.J./Lenape Valley Regional) led-off the Spartans' half of the second with a walk, then scooted around to third on a Joe Doyle (Stewartstown, Pa./Red Lion) double to right-center. Klinck then came home on a wild pitch, while Doyle moved to third. First baseman Anthony Anzalone (Rocky Point, N.Y./Rocky Point) then plated Doyle with a ground out to first.

Now up 4-0 and only one out, the Spartans would score three more times in the inning. Craig reached on a throwing error by Greyhound third baseman Jake Schweitzer and then advanced to second on Poff's single to left field, the junior's second hit of the day. Dennis Maxim (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y./St. Anthony's) then boomed his seventh double of the year to left center allowing Craig to score and Poff to move to third. Senior catcher Mike Santoro (Manalapan, N.J./Manalapan) would drive home the final two runs of the inning with a roped double to left. After two full innings the Spartans found themselves up 7-0.

The Greyhounds answered in the top of the third with one run, and then cashed in a trio of scores in the top of the fifth. Brett Stout and Jason Huber opened the fifth with a pair of singles. David Lengyel then drew a walk to load the bases. Joseph Durso grounded out to first to plate Moravian's second run of the game before Jacob Millen's one-out single drove in two more runs. The Greyhounds had now dwindled the Spartans' early advantage to only three at 7-4. But that would be the last time the green and white allowed a run.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Spartans added a pair of insurance runs. With one out, Craig slipped a single down the third base line past the out stretched glove of Schweitzer. After Poff popped out, Craig swiped second just before Maxim drew a walk.  With two on and two out, Santoro knocked a single to left to score Craig and move Maxim over to third. Santoro then took second base for his second steal of the year. Pokopec would drive in Maxim on a ground ball in the hole that new Moravian third baseman Jon Baltz gloved by ranging to his left but was unable to complete the throw. Pokopec was awarded with a hit and a run batted in and the Spartans recorded their ninth run of the day.

The scoring closed out in the bottom of the seventh as York would tack on one more run. The Spartans would tally this score without one base hit in the inning. After Doyle reached on an error, the freshman stole second and moved to third on an Anzalone sacrifice fly. Craig then walked and Poff reached on a throwing error by the Greyhound shortstop, resulting in Doyle's score and the final count of 10-4.

Left-hander Jake Hughes (Schwenksville, Pa./Souderton) picks up the win for the Spartans as he improves to 2-2 on the year. Chris Frankenfield (Blue Bell, PA/Wissahickon) threw two innings in relief while Taylor Gunder (Red Lion, Pa./Red Lion) and Pokopec each threw a pair of scoreless innings.

Schultz is charged with the loss for the Greyhounds and falls to 0-1. Andrew DelRossi came in for Schultz and pitched 1 2/3 innings before he was relieved by Philip Spence who went 3 1/3 innings. Brandon Palmisano finished out the game on the mound for Moravian going 1 2/3.

For the game, the Spartans collected 12 hits including three doubles. Santoro led the way in the R.B.I. department as the senior drove in three and went 2-for-4 for the day. Pokopec recorded two hits in five at-bats and collected two R.B.I.'s. Maxim's 2-for-3 performance included two walks, two runs scored, and one run batted in. Craig and Poff each touched the plate twice while Craig had a pair of stolen bases and Poff registered one R.B.I.

The Greyhounds accumulated ten hits but cost themselves with four errors. Millen recorded a pair of hits in four at-bats and knocked in three runs while Durso went 2-for-4 from the dish and recorded one R.B.I. Huber had one hit and scored a run.

The Spartans return to the diamond on Wednesday, April 9, as they travel to Villa Julie for a Capital Athletic Conference tilt. The first pitch is slated for 4:00 pm.

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Mike Santoro photo courtesy of Eric Linsley