YORK, PA-The York College baseball team traveled two miles to the north to play the Wesley College Wolverines at Sovereign Bank Stadium on Wednesday in a Capital Athletic Conference contest. The Spartans found the stadium much to their liking as they downed the Wolverines 6-1 in league action on a sunny, yet chilly, early April afternoon. The Spartans end a two-game slide and improve to 6-18 overall and 5-8 in the CAC. The Wolverines fall to 22-8 overall and 9-6 in the CAC.
The two starters were strong in the early third of the game. Spartan starter Andy Rosenzweig (Glen Rock, Pa./Susquehannock) allowed just two singles in the first three innings while Wesley starter Bryan Jennings surrendered three hits in the first three frames as the offenses didn’t look comfortable at the start of the contest.
The Wolverines got on the board first in the fourth as Dan Bunnion doubled with two outs. He came around to score when Grant Morlock singled, giving the guests the early lead.
The Spartans answered Wesley’s run in the top of the fourth with a single tally of their own in the bottom of the frame. Ryan Poff (York, Pa./Spring Grove) led off the inning with a towering fly ball to left. Leftfielder James Overstreet misplayed the ball for an error, allowing Poff to get to second. Poff advanced to third on a wild pitch before Dennis Maxim (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y./St. Anthony’s) walked to put Spartans at the corners. The Spartans then hit into their 29th double play of the year but Poff rode home, tying the game at one.
The green and white took a 2-1 lead the next inning as Kyle Cook (Pylesville, Md./North Harford) singled to lead off the frame. Cook was sacrificed to second and then advanced to third on a ground out to second. Cook came around to score when Jennings uncorked a wild pitch allowing the Spartan freshman to race home.
York struck for two more runs in the bottom of the sixth as Mike Connolly (Selden, N.Y./Newfield) drew a lead off walk. Poff followed with a booming double to left center, scoring Connolly with the Spartans third run. Poff then scored when Mike Santoro (Manalapan, N.J./Manalapan) hit a sharp single to center, pushing the York lead to 4-1.
The Spartans closed out the scoring with two more runs in the seventh. Jim Meehan (Mastic, N.Y./Eastport-South Manor Central) walked to open the inning. After a lineout to center, Ryan Craig (Rocky Point, N.Y./Rocky Point) doubled to right center, advancing Meehan to third. Connolly had another good at-bat with a sacrifice fly to score Meehan. Craig then came around when Poff doubled with two outs.
Rosenzweig was outstanding all day long as the freshman went the distance, allowing one run on seven hits with eight strikeouts and three walks. He improves to 2-3 but most importantly, gave the Spartans a huge shot of adrenaline with his effort on the hill.
Jennings absorbed the loss as he allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits with two walks and and one strikeout in 5.1 innings of work. He falls to 3-2 with the setback.
Offensively, Poff led the Spartans as he was 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Craig was 2-for-4 with a run scored while Santoro added a hit and an RBI.
Bunnion led the Wolverines as he was 2-for-4 with a run scored while Morlock was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
The Spartans return to action on Saturday as they travel to Dover, Del. to face the Wolverines in a doubleheader. First pitch is set for 3:00 pm.
Andrew Rosenzweig photo courtesy of Eric Linsley