March 21, 2009

Cook Gets a Win and Save as Spartans Sweep Seahawks

ST. MARY’S CITY, MD – The York College Spartan baseball team remained red hot as the Spartans swept the St. Mary’s College Seahawks in a Capital Athletic Conference doubleheader on Saturday in St. Mary’s City, MD. The Spartans won game one 3-2 in the eight innings and then captured a 5-3 win in the nightcap. York has won 16 straight as they are now 16-2 overall and 7-0 in the CAC. With the two losses, St. Mary’s falls to 10-10 overall and 4-6 in the CAC.

In the opener, the Spartans got on the board in the top of the first as Matt Austin (Shrewsbury, Pa./Susquehannock) stroked an RBI single that scored Kyle Cook (Pylesville, Md./North Harford) with the game’s opening run York increased the lead to 2-0 in the top of the third courtesy of a Mike Connolly (Selden, N.Y./Newfield) sacrifice fly.

The Seahawks reached Spartan ace Jason Christenberry (Yoe, Pa./Dallastown) for single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to tie the game at two through five complete.

The Seahawks threatened in the sixth as they put two runners on with two outs. Cook relieved Christenberry and got the Spartans out of the jam with a strikeout.

The Spartans would get two runners on in the seventh but would be unable to break the tie. Cook allowed two Seahawks to reach in the seventh but extricated himself from the jam, giving the Spartan offense another chance to win the game.

The Green and White took advantage of that opportunity in the eighth inning as Matt Monti (Easton, Pa./Easton) stroked an RBI double, scoring CT Stanley (Timonium, Md./Calvert Hall College) with the game-winning run.

Cook allowed a one-out single in the bottom of the eighth but the runner never left first as he picked up his second win of the year with his stellar 2.1 innings of relief work. Cook allowed two hits with two strikeouts and one walk as he continues to be one of the best pitchers in the CAC. Christenberry was strong in his 5.2 innings of action as he allowed two runs on seven hits with a strikeout and three walks as he got a no decision.

Mikel Iraola suffered the loss as he allowed three runs on nine hits as he falls to 2-1 with the loss. Iraola struck out six and walked two in his 7.2 innings of work. Matt Siciliano came on to record the final out after Monti’s game-winning double.

The Spartans got nine hits in the game with all nine coming from different players. Monti and Rob Klinck (Stanhope, N.J./Lenape Valley Regional) each had doubles for the Spartans. Monti, Connolly and Austin each had an RBI while Klinck, Cook, and Stanley scored York’s runs.

Jon Gill, the starting pitcher for the Seahawks in Friday’s game at York, went 3-for-4 with a run scored to lead St. Mary’s. Matt Baden and J.P. Debrowski each had two hits in the loss. Baden scored a run while Debrowski had an RBI.

In game two, the contest was scoreless through the opening three innings as both starting pitchers were strong. York finally dented the plate in the fourth as Monti stroked a two-run single with the bases loaded, giving York the 2-0 lead.

The Seahawks reached Spartan starter KC Beshore (New Cumberland, Pa./Red Land) for a single run in the bottom of the fourth, trimming their deficit in half thanks to a bases loaded walk. Beshore got out of the inning without any more damage with a fly out to center.

Senior Ryan Poff (York, Pa./Spring Grove) pushed the York lead to 4-1 with a two-run double with one out in the fifth inning.

Senior Jake Hughes (Schwenksville, Pa./Souderton) relieved Beshore in the fifth and he cruised through the fifth but got into trouble in the sixth as the Seahawks got two runs to trim the York lead to 4-3.

The Spartans got some insurance in the seventh with a Stanley RBI single as he drove in Poff.

Cook came on to pitch the bottom of the seventh and the Spartan closer set the Seahawks down in order for a one-two-three save. It was his fourth save of the season.

Beshore earned the win as the freshman improves to 3-0. He allowed a run on a hit with two walks and a strikeout in his four innings of work. Hughes allowed two runs on three hits with one walk in his two innings of action. Cook was perfect in his one inning with a strikeout.

Barrett Enix suffered the loss as he allowed five runs, four earned, on 11 hits with two strikeouts and one walk in his 6.1 innings of action. Adam Shenk threw two thirds of an inning and allowed one hit in his stint.

Poff led the Spartan offense as he was 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Klinck was the other Spartan with multiple hits as he was 2-for-4 in the win. Monti was 1-for-4 with two RBI.

Bobby Corton led the Seahawks as he was 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Mark Dattilio had the Seahawks other hit as St. Mary’s was held to just three hits in the contest. Dattilio also drove in a run for the hosts.

The Spartans will be off until Wednesday when they will put their streak on the line in a key Capital Athletic Conference contest against Stevenson at Jaquet Field. The Mustangs currently sit just one game back of the Spartans in the CAC standings. First pitch from Jaquet Field is set for 3:30 pm.

GAME ONE BOX

GAME TWO BOX

Photo: Kyle Cook delivers a pitch to the plate