FREDERICKSBURG, VA – The York College baseball squad picked up a critical Capital Athletic Conference road win on Wednesday as they defeated the University of Mary Washington 6-4. The Spartans, who are holding onto second place in the CAC, improve to 21-7 overall and 11-5 in the conference. York sits two games back of Salisbury with two to play while they are a game up on third place Stevenson. Mary Washington falls to 13-11 with the loss and 7-9 in the conference.
The Eagles reached Spartan starter Andy Rosenzweig (Glen Rock, Pa./Susquehannock) for a pair of runs in the bottom of the first. The Eagles had the uprising despite Rosenzweig recording two outs with the first two batters for UMW. Back to back singles followed by a two-run double from Bryan Quintana gave the hosts the early advantage.
Eagle starter Andrew Cox cruised through the first four innings as he allowed just three base runners over those first four frames. The tide turned in the fifth as Cox hit C.T. Stanley (Timonium, Md./Calvert Hall College) with a pitch. Stanley was thrown out attempting to steal second but Cox walked Rob Klinck (Stanhope, N.J/Lenape Valley Regional) and Matt Monti (Easton, Pa./Easton). A passed ball moved Klinck and Monti to second and third with one out. Joe Doyle (Stewartstown, Pa./Red Lion) worked Cox for a walk to load the bases. Freshman Dustin Worthman (Tabernacle, N.J./Seneca) remained red hot as he lashed a two-run double down the left field line to score Klinck and Monti, tying the game at two. Kyle Cook (Pylesville, Md./North Harford) singled to score Doyle. Worthman and Cook then pulled off a double steal with Worthman scoring and Cook moving to second. After Cook moved to third on a balk, Mike Connolly (Selden, N.Y./Newfield) singled him home for the 5-2 Spartan lead.
The Eagles trimmed their deficit to 5-3 with a single run in the sixth but York got that run back in the top of the eighth. Mary Washington got an unearned run in the ninth but junior Jason Christenberry (Yoe, Pa./Dallastown) got the final two outs for his first save of the season.
Rosenzweig continues to be York’s most reliable starter as he tossed seven innings, allowing three runs on 11 hits with two strikeouts and a walk. He improves to a staff-best 6-1 with the win. Chris Frankenfield (Blue Bell, Pa./Wissahickon) pitched a perfect eighth inning before Christenberry gave up an unearned run on a hit with a strikeout and no walks.
Cox absorbed the loss as he allowed five runs on five hits with four walks in his 4.1 innings of work. The Eagles got a solid relief outing from Zach Hendrix as he allowed an unearned run on four hits with three walks and four strikeouts in 4.2 innings of action.
Worthman and Cook were fantastic at the top of the lineup for York as they combined to record seven hits. Worthman was 4-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored while Cook was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Connolly went 1-for-4 with an RBI while Ryan Poff (York, Pa./Spring Grove) was 1-for-4 with a run scored.
Second baseman Eric Rehbein led the Eagles as he was 3-for-5 with a run scored. Santino Rosanova added three hits and a run scored of his own while Will Wright was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Quintana was 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI.
The Spartans and Eagles renew acquaintances on Saturday as they
close out the CAC regular season with a doubleheader at Jaquet
Field. Game one is scheduled to start at 1:00 pm.