Spartans Drop at Pair at Salisbury Sunday

SALISBURY, MD - The York College baseball team suffered a pair of very different losses at the hands of Salisbury University in a Capital Athletic Conference twin bill on a windy Sunday afternoon in Salisbury, MD. The Sea Gulls improve to 21-4 overall and 9-3 in the CAC while the Spartans are now 16-5 and 7-3 in the conference. York has lost their last three after winning 16 straight.

The Sea Gulls cruised to a 30-6 win in the opener before getting a walk-off home run in the bottom of the eighth to beat the Spartans 7-6 in the nightcap.

The game two performance was far more indicative of how York has played this year. The game was tied at two when the Sea Gulls got four runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 6-2 lead.

The Spartans could have been very discouraged after the results of the first game, bounced back and answered the Sea Gulls four spot with a four run inning of their own in the top of the seventh. The big blow came off the bat of C.T. Stanley (Timonium, Md./Calvert Hall College) blasted a three-run homer that tied the game at six.

The Sea Gulls went quietly in the seventh, as did the Spartans in the eighth. The game ended with two outs in the bottom of the eighth when Andrew Miller recorded his fourth hit of the game, a solo home run into the jet stream in right center, giving the hosts an extra-innings win.

Dustin Herbert earned the win in relief of starter Kyle Judson. Herbert allowed a run on two hits with three strikeouts in his two innings of work. Herbert improves to 4-1 with the win. Judson worked into the seventh as he allowed five runs on nine hits with five strikeouts and three walks in six plus innings.

Spartan sophomore Kyle Cook (Pylesville, Md./North Harford) suffered the loss as he allowed a run on a hit with a walk and two strikeouts in his 1.2 innings of relief work. He falls to 2-3 with the loss. Junior ace Jason Christenberry (Yoe, Pa./Dallastown) started and allowed six runs on nine hits with five walks in his 5.2 innings of work.

Miller led the Sea Gulls offense, as he was 4-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Cody Collins notched three hits in the lead off spot while he also scored three times and drove in two others. Mike Celenza was the third Sea Gull with multiple hits as he was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Stanley led the Spartan offense with his team-leading sixth home run of the year. Senior Ryan Poff (York, Pa./Spring Grove) added two hits and two RBI with a run scored as he blasted his fourth home run of the year, a two run shot in the fifth inning. Cook was 2-for-4 with two run scored while designated hitter Mike Connolly (Selden, N.Y./Newfield) chipped in with two hits and a run scored. Sophomore Joe Doyle (Stewartstown, Pa./Red Lion) contributed two hits a run scored and an RBI to the Spartan offense.

Game one got away from the Spartans early after they scored two runs in the top of the first. The Sea Gulls tallied five runs in the bottom of the first to take command early. After each team scored a single run in the second inning, York cut the lead to 6-5 with two runs in the top of the third. The Gulls responded with five runs in the bottom of the third and 11 runs in the bottom of the fourth to put the game out of reach. Salisbury kept pouring it on with seven runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to provide the Spartans their worst loss since Ferrum defeated the Spartans 28-4, on March 2, 1998 in Daytona Beach, FL. 

Catcher Ryan Smith led the offensive charge for the Sea Gulls as he was 4-for-5 with nine RBI and three runs scored. Jordan Crystal and Randy Boyle each added four hits with Boyle scoring five runs and driving in three others. Crystal had two RBI and two runs scored as the Gulls banged out 29 hits in the win. Collins chipped in five RBI and four runs scored while Celenza had three hits, five runs scored and a pair of RBI.

Catcher Jim Meehan (Mastic, N.Y./Eastport-South Manor Central) led the Spartan offense as he was 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored on his second home run of the year. Connolly drilled his first home run of the year, a two-run shot in the first, which gave the Spartans an early lead.

Eric Willey earned the win as he went four innings, allowing six runs, four earned, on six hits with eight strikeouts and four walks. He improves to 5-2 with the win. The Sea Gull bullpen combined to hold the Spartans to two hits over the final three innings.

Jeff Benchich (Salt Point, N.Y./Millbrook) got a spot start for York and he allowed six runs on seven hits with three strikeouts and three walks in his two innings of work. Benchich falls to 0-1 with the loss. The Spartan bullpen was tagged for 24 runs, 16 earned, on 22 hits with two strikeouts and two walks in four combined innings of work.

The Spartans return to action on Tuesday afternoon as they host Lebanon Valley College in a non-conference contest. First pitch at Jaquet Field is set for 3:30 pm.

GAME ONE BOX

GAME TWO BOX

PHOTO: Jim Meehan blasted his second home run of the year for the Spartans in game one.