YORK, PA-The York College baseball team dropped a pair of Capital Athletic Conference contests to #8 Salisbury University on Sunday afternoon in York. The Sea Gulls edged the Spartans 3-2 in the opener and then exploded for a 12-1 win in the nightcap. Salisbury extended their win streak to 24 games as they are now 24-1 overall and 11-0 in the CAC. The Spartans have lost nine of their last ten as they stand at 5-18 overall and 4-8 in the CAC.
In game one, the green and white got on the board first as senior Mike Santoro (Manalapan, N.J./Manalapan) knocked in Ryan Poff (York, Pa./Spring Grove) with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the second inning. The score remained 1-0 until the Sea Gulls got to Spartan starter Jason Christenberry (Yoe, Pa./Dallastown) in the top of the fourth. Randy Boyle singled to third to begin the inning. Christenberry induced Mike Celenza into a ground ball back to Christenberry for the start of a taylor made double play. Unfortunately for York, Christenberry threw the ball high allowing both runners to be safe. Christenberry loaded the bases as he hit Justin Armiger with a 1-2 pitch. Christenberry got another ground ball and the Spartans turned a double play but Boyle scored to tie the game at one. Christenberry reloaded the bases with a pair of walks and Tyler Riley lifted a fly ball to right. Spartan rightfielder Dennis Maxim (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y./St. Anthony’s) was tracking the ball but when he went to catch it, the ball popped out of his glove, allowing the Gulls to plate two more runs. It appeared that the umpire initially ruled Riley out but then changed the call, allowing Salisbury to score.
The Spartans cut the Sea Gull lead to one run in the sixth as Anthony Anzalone (Rocky Point, N.Y./Rocky Point) scored on a double play ground ball after leading off the inning with a double to left. Poff walked and Maxim singled to put runners at first and second with two outs. Santoro then hit a long fly ball to center that Sea Gull centerfielder Jordan Crystal tracked down with a diving catch for the final out of the inning. If the ball would have eluded Crystal, both Poff and Maxim would have scored for the green and white.
York got two hits in the bottom of the seventh but they would be unable to push across the game-tying run.
Eric Willey earned the win as he tossed seven innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on seven hits with three strikeouts and one walk. He improves to 5-0 with the win. Christenberry had one of his best starts of the year as he allowed three unearned runs on three hits. He struck out four and walked three as he falls to 0-5 for 2008.
Boyle, Celenza, and Andrew Miller had the hits for the Sea Gulls while they each scored a run in the game.
Anzalone and Maxim each had two hits for the Spartans. Anzalone added a run scored while Poff was 1-for-2 with a run scored.
The nightcap was a totally different story for the green and white as the Sea Gulls jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first inning. The Sea Gulls added one run in the fourth before exploding for four runs in the sixth and five runs in the seventh as they cruised to the win.
The Sea Gull offense was paced by Matt O’Keefe as he was 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Brian Camper was 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored while Boyle was 2-for-6 with two RBI and a run scored. Miller chipped in with two hits and three runs scored for the Salisbury offense.
Santoro paced York as he was 2-for-3 while freshman Rob Klinck (Stanhope, N.J./Lenape Valley Regional) was 1-for-3 with one run scored.
Ryan Bennick earned the win as he tossed six shutout innings as he improves to 7-0 for Salisbury. He struck out four, walked two and scattered six hits during his stint.
Jake Hughes (Schwenksville, Pa./Souderton) took the loss for the Spartans as he allowed seven runs, five earned, on nine hits with three strikeouts and two walks. The four Spartan pitchers in the game combined to walk seven hitters as their ability to throw strikes continues to hurt the green and white.
The Spartans return to action on Wednesday, April 2 as they host Wesley College at Sovereign Bank Stadium in York. Sovereign Bank Stadium is the home of the Atlantic League’s York Revolution. First pitch is set for 3:00 pm.