YORK, PA – The York College baseball squad remained red hot as the Spartans posted a 9-2 non-conference victory over Elizabethtown College on Monday afternoon at Jaquet Field. The Spartans have now won 12 straight as they improve to 12-2 overall. The Blue Jays fall to 7-6 with the setback.
After Spartan starter Jason Christenberry (Yoe, Pa./Dallastown) got the Blue Jays in order in the first, the Spartan offense went to work. Leadoff hitter Rob Klinck (Stanhope, N.J./Lenape Valley Regional) opened the Spartans’ half of the first with a sharp single to right. He stole second but then was thrown out a third on a Kyle Cook (Pylesville, Md./North Harford) fielder’s choice. Cook came around to score on a booming double off the right field wall by Mike Connolly (Selden, NY/Newfield), giving the Spartans the 1-0 lead. Senior Ryan Poff (York, Pa./Spring Grove) wasted little time in trading places with Connolly as he launched a double to right center, scoring the Spartans’ left fielder, making it 2-0 Spartans. After designated hitter Matt Austin (Shrewsbury, Pa./Susquehannock) walked, the Spartans pulled off a double steal followed by Blue Jay catcher Tom Semanek throwing the ball into left field, allowing Poff to score and Austin to advance to third. Third baseman Matt Monti (Easton, Pa./Easton) drove home Austin with a sacrifice fly as York took a 4-0 lead after the first.
The Spartans added a run in the second as Klinck doubled, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a two-out single from Poff. The Spartans were poised to break open the game in the third as they loaded the bases. They got one run out of the uprising when Cook drew a bases loaded walk. However, York left the sacked juiced when Connolly drilled a line drive right at the right fielder for the final out of the frame.
Elizabethtown got on the board in the fourth with three straight hits off Christenberry. After the Blue Jays got one run, the junior ace halted the rally with a fielder’s choice, a fly ball to shallow right and a ground ball back to the mound to end the frame.
The Spartans tacked on two runs in the fourth without the benefit of a hit as they got a hit batter, four walks and a wild pitch to get the pair of runs. York increased the lead to 9-1 with a single tally in the bottom of the sixth.
Elizabethtown picked up their final run on a Spartan throwing error in the seventh, providing for the final 9-2 margin.
Christenberry earned the victory as he improves to 4-0. He allowed one run on seven hits with a strikeout and a walk in six innings of work. Three Spartan relievers combined to throw the final three innings as they surrendered a run on three hits with two strikeouts and no walks.
Matt Kutz took the loss as he allowed four runs on four hits with a walk in one inning. He falls to 1-2 with the setback. The Blue Jay bullpen was of little relief as they allowed five runs on six hits with eight walks and six strikeouts in their seven innings of action.
Offensively, Poff paced the Spartans, as he was 3-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Klinck was 2-for-5 with a run scored while Chris Young (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Red Land) was the third Spartan with multiple hits as he was 2-for-2 with an RBI.
Sam Heaps and Tom Semanek led the Blue Jays as they each had three hits. The duo combined to collect six of Elizabethtown’s 10 hits for the day.
The Spartans return to action on Wednesday afternoon when they
host Gettysburg College in the second game of a three-game home
stand. First pitch is slated for 3:30 pm at Jaquet Field.