NEWPORT NEWS, VA – The York College Spartan baseball team suffered a pair of tough regional losses as the Christopher Newport Captains swept the Spartans on Sunday afternoon in Newport News, VA. The Captains took game one 9-7 and then completed the sweep with a 12-1 thumping in game two.
The Captains improve to 24-10-1 overall while the Spartans now stand at 26-12.
In game one, the Captains jumped on Spartan starter Jason Christenberry (Yoe, Pa./Dallastown) for two runs in the first and two runs in the second to take a 4-0 lead.
York got two runs back in the top of the fourth as CT Stanley (Timonium, Md./Calvert Hall College) jacked a two-run homer, his team-leading seventh of the campaign. That began a furious two inning stretch as the Captains answered the Spartans two spot in the bottom of the fourth.
York got two more in the top of the fifth to trim the lead to 6-4 but the Captains extended their lead to 9-4 with a single run in the fifth and a two-spot in the sixth.
The Spartans got three runs in the top of the seventh but it was too-little-too-late for York.
Christenberry absorbed the loss as he went 5.1 innings, allowing nine runs, seven earned, on 11 hits with four strikeouts and one walk. Christenberry falls to 7-2 with the loss.
Ian Lenda earned the win for the Captains as he allowed two runs on three hits with three strikeouts. He improves to 5-2 with the win.
Four Captains had multiple hits led by Trae Bailey as he was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Eric Cole was 2-for-4 with two runs scored while Mike Giarrizzi was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Shannon Mack was the final Captain with multiple hits as he was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and an RBI.
The Spartan offense was paced by Dustin Worthman (Tabernacle, N.J./Seneca) as the freshman was 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Mike Connolly (Selden, N.Y./Newfield) was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored as he banged out his third home run of the year. Stanley was 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored.
The second game got away from the Spartans early as the Captains led 9-0 through three innings. They added three runs in the fifth to take the 12-0 lead. York broke up the shutout with a run in the top of the seventh.
Brandon Berry nearly tossed the shutout as he allowed a run on six hits with two strikeouts in seven innings. He improves to 5-1 for the Captains.
Chris Frankenfield (Blue Bell, Pa./Wissahickon) suffered the loss as he had his first bad outing of the year. Frankenfield allowed nine runs, five earned, on 11 hits with a walk and a strikeout. The loss is Frankenfield’s first of the year as he falls to 3-1.
Bailey led the Captains as he was 3-for-4 with five RBI and three runs scored. Chris Despins added three hits and two RBI while Michael Romett was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. David Fennessey and Parker Neal were the other two Captains to record multiple hits as they each had two.
Freshman Rob Andrews (East Northport, N.Y./Commack) was the only Spartan to notch multiple hits as he was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Senior Ryan Poff (York, Pa./Spring Grove) had a double for the Spartans. That hit was significant as he ties former Spartan great Matt Day for the school record in career hits with 251. The double also gives him 21 for the season which ties him with Day for second on the all-time single season list.
The Spartans will look to get back on track on Monday as they head to DeSales to take on the Bulldogs in a non-conference contest. First pitch from Center Valley, Pa is slated for 3:30 pm.
PHOTO: CT Stanley hit a home run in the game one loss to CNU Sunday.