SALISBURY, MD – For the second time this season, the York College baseball team was victimized by a walk-off home run at Salisbury University. The first time came in the regular season. The second time came Saturday in an elimination game in the 2009 Capital Athletic Conference Tournament. Salisbury’s Randy Boyle jacked a two-out solo home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to allow the top seeded Sea Gulls to advance with a 5-4 win while the second seeded Spartans were eliminated.
The Spartans, who opened the tournament with a 6-0 win over St. Mary’s on Thursday, fell to Stevenson in a sloppy game Friday for the their first loss, setting up the elimination scenario Saturday morning.
The Spartans jumped on the board first in the top of the first frame as Mike Connolly (Selden, N.Y./Newfield) scored on a Rob Andrews (East Northport, N.Y./Commack) RBI single with two outs.
Salisbury reached Spartan starter Chris Frankenfield (Blue Bell, Pa./Wissahickon) for the tying run in the fourth on an RBI ground out.
York recaptured the lead in the sixth as the Spartans opened the inning with a Dustin Worthman (Tabernacle, N.J./Seneca) single and a Kyle Cook (Pylesville, Md./North Harford) single. Worthman came around to score on an error and Cook moved up to second due to the miscue. Connolly moved Cook to third on a sacrifice bunt. Cook then came around to score when senior Ryan Poff (York, Pa./Spring Grove) jacked a two run homer, giving York a 4-1 lead.
The Sea Gulls cut the Spartan lead to 4-2 in the seventh and then got a two-run homer from Ryan Smith in the eighth, tying the game at four.
Salisbury had the chance to win the game in the bottom of the ninth but senior Jake Hughes (Schwenksville, Pa./Souderton) came in and got a strikeout with two runners on and two outs.
Neither team threatened in the tenth but the Spartans began the 11th with a potential uprising. Matt Austin (Shrewsbury, Pa./Susquehannock) reached on an error and was pinch run for by Mark Miloski (Calverton, N.Y./Riverhead). Connolly hit into a fielder’s choice but the Sea Gulls made an error attempting to get Miloski at second. Miloski attempted to move to third but was cut down at third, putting a huge dent in the Spartan rally. Poff struck out and Andrews flied to left as the Spartans would be unable to break the tie.
Sophomore Andy Rosenzweig (Glen Rock, Pa./Susquehannock) came on to pitch the ninth. He got the first two batters on strike before Boyle ended the game with just his second homer of the year. Rosenzweig, who started the Stevenson game on Friday, was tagged with this second loss in as many days as he falls to 6-3.
Eric Willey earned the victory in relief for Salisbury as he threw 3.1 perfect innings with four strikeouts. Willey improves to 7-2 with the win. Chad Wolfe started and allowed four runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings of action.
Frankenfield pitched well for York as he allowed two runs on seven hits with two strikeouts and a walk in his 6.0 inning stint.
Smith led the Salisbury offense as he was 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored. Boyle was 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored while Mike Celenza was 2-for-5 with two runs scored. Bill Morton was the fourth Sea Gull with multiple hits was he was 2-for-5 with a run scored.
Cook led the Spartans as he was 3-for-3 with a run scored. Worthman, Connolly, Poff and Andrews each had a pair of hits. Poff had two RBI and a run scored while Andrews also had an RBI for York. Worthman and Connolly scored the other two runs for York.
The Spartans return to action on Monday, April 20 when they host Rowan University in a non-conference contest. First
Photo: Kyle Cook led the Spartans with three hits on Saturday.