March 4, 2009

Spartans Complete Trip with a Pair of Wins

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The York College baseball team concluded their four-game trip to Myrtle Beach with wins over Eastern University 12-3 in 12 innings on Tuesday and 9-4 over Catholic University on Wednesday. The Spartans finished the trip 4-0 as they have now won six straight after starting the season 0-2.

Against Eastern, a team they beat 20-0 just on day earlier, the Spartans got on the board first with a single run in the top of the first. The Eagles tied the game in the bottom of the second and took the lead on a single run in the bottom of the fourth.
York took a 3-2 lead in the top of the eighth on a Ryan Poff (York, Pa./Spring Grove) RBI double.

The Eagles tied the game in dramatic fashion in the ninth inning. Spartan reliever Kyle Cook (Pylesville, Md./Harford) was cruising towards a save. However, he walked the lead off batter before surrendering a double to put runners at second and third with one out. Cook got a strikeout for the second out of the inning and had the next hitter 0-2 before uncorking a wild pitch that tied the game. The Eagles looked like they were going to win the game as the runner from second started to head to the plate when the throw from catcher Jim Meehan (Mastic, N.Y./Eastport-South Manor Central) went up the third base line after getting past Cook. Spartan third sacker Matt Monti (Easton, Pa./Easton) scooped up the ball and fired a strike to Cook who was covering the plate. Cook picked the short hop thrown and put the tag down, preserving the tie and sending the game to extra innings.

The tenth and eleventh innings were uneventful before the Spartans broke open the game with a nine-run inning.

Cook earned the win in relief of starter KC Beshore (New Cumberland, Pa./Red Land). Cook was dominant in his performance as he tossed five innings allowing one run on one hit with 12 strikeouts and just one walk. He improves to 1-1 with the win. Beshore was strong as he surrendered two runs on four hits with three strikeouts and four walks in six innings of work. Jeff Benchich (Salt Point, N.Y./Millbrook) pitched a perfect bottom of the 12th for York.

Andy Smith suffered the loss for Eastern as he allowed nine runs, just five earned in his one inning of action. Smith allowed five Spartan hits while he walked four. Andrew Reynolds started and held York to just a two runs, one earned, on five hits in six innings. He struck out two and walked one in his stint on the mound.

Offensively, Poff paced the Spartans as he was 4-for-7 with four RBI and two runs scored. Monti added two hits, three RBI and a run scored, while Dustin Worthman (Tabernacle, N.J./Seneca) was 2-for-5 with two runs scored. CT Stanley (Timonium, Md./Calvert Hall College) was the fourth Spartan with multiple hits as he was 2-for-5 with a run scored.

Kurt Kebaugh led Eastern as he was 2-for-5 while Ben Jones was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Andre Butler also had a hit and an RBI.

Against Catholic on Wednesday, the Cardinals struck first for a run in the top of the second. The Spartans got on top in the bottom of the fourth as Joe Doyle (Stewartstown, Pa./Red Lion) jacked a three-run homer, giving York the 3-1 advantage.

York built on the lead in the fifth with a pair of runs followed by a single run in the bottom of the sixth as York led 6-2. Catholic cut the lead to 6-3 with a run in the seventh but York put the game away with a three spot in the bottom of the eighth before the Cardinals closed out the scoring with a single run in the top of the ninth.

Freshman Rob Harrington (Haddon Township, N.J./Haddon Township) notched his first collegiate win as he tossed four innings of solid relief. Harrington allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits with a strikeout and a walk. Starter Matt Austin (Shrewsbury, Pa./Susquehannock) went three innings, allowing one unearned run on three hits with two strikeouts and two walks. Junior Chris Frankenfield (Blue Bell, Pa./Wissahickon) closed out the game with two innings of work. He allowed a run on two hits with a strikeout and a walk.
Joe Sable took the loss for the Cardinals as he allowed six runs, four earned, on 11 hits with three strikeouts and one walk.

Doyle and Monti led the Spartan offense in the game. Doyle was 3-for-4 with four RBI and a run scored while Monti was 3-for-5 with three RBI and a two runs scored. Stanley chipped in with three hits and a run scored while Poff was 2-for-5 with a run scored. Freshman catcher Rob Andrews (East Northport, N.Y./Commack) also had a pair of hits for York.

LJ Travaglia paced the Cardinals as he was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Matt Grieb and Patrick Quintana each added two hits to the Cardinal offense.

The Spartans return to action on Friday as they travel to Gallaudet University to open up Capital Athletic Conference play. The Spartans head to Washington, DC for a single game on Friday before the Bison travel to Jaquet Field for a CAC twinbill on Saturday starting at 1:00 pm.

EASTERN BOX

CATHOLIC BOX