March 31, 2009

Four Spartan Hurlers Combine to Shutout LVC

YORK, PA – The York College baseball team got back on the winning track with a 4-0 non-conference victory over Lebanon Valley College on a sun splashed Tuesday afternoon in York. The Spartans improve to 17-5 overall as they snap a three game losing skid. The Flying Dutchmen fall to 12-12-1 overall with the loss.

The story for the Spartans was the performance of the four pitchers they sent to the hill. The Spartans, pitching by committee due to a heavy schedule of games for the week, received their third shutout effort of the year from the foursome. Starter KC Beshore (New Cumberland, Pa./Red Land) began the game and looked like he was going to get in trouble right away. He walked the lead off hitter before coaxing Aaron Mills to hit into a double play. Beshore then walked a second batter and gave up a double to put runners at second and third. He got Derek Helwig to pop up to end the threat. Beshore settled down and allowed just two hits over the final two innings of his appearance as he kept the guest off the board.

The Spartan offense gave Beshore the early lead in the bottom of the first as Kyle Cook (Pylesville, Md./North Harford) singled with one out. He advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored when Ryan Poff (York, Pa./Spring Grove) laced a double to right center on a 3-2 pitch. The two-bagger was Poff’s team-leading 13th of the year.

York pushed the lead to 3-0 in the fourth as Matt Monti (Easton, Pa./Easton) doubled to right field with one out. Monti came around to score when Joe Doyle (Stewartstown, Pa./Red Lion) stroked a single to center. Doyle moved to second as the relay throw got away, setting up York’s second run of the inning. Doyle moved to third on a wild pitch from LVC starter Brian Miller. He scored when Jim Meehan (Mastic, N.Y./Eastport-South Manor Central) lifted a sacrifice fly to deep right.

York tacked on their final run in the fifth as Cook led off with bunt single. He moved to second when Miller threw away the ball attempting to get Cook at first. The Spartan sophomore moved to third on a fly ball and scored when Poff hit a ground ball to short. Cook beat the throw to the plate, giving York a 4-0 lead.

The three pitchers following Beshore to mound were Chris Frankenfield (Blue Bell, Pa./Wissahickon), Jake Hughes (Schwenksville, Pa./Souderton) and Jeff Benchich (Salt Point, N.Y./Millbrook). Frankenfield was the most impressive pitcher for the Spartans on the day as he tossed two perfect innings. He struck out one and continued to be the Spartans most reliable reliever in the pen. Hughes tossed two innings, allowing two hits with a walk and a strikeout while Benchich finished the game, tossing the final two innings, as he allowed a hit while he also posted a strikeout.

Beshore earned the win as he allowed three hits with two walks and four strikeouts in three innings. He improves to 4-0 with the victory.

Miller suffered the loss for the Flying Dutchmen as he allowed four runs, two earned, on nine this with two walks and a strikeout. Miller falls to 1-2 with the loss. Pete Moro tossed the final inning for LVC and was perfect.

Cook notched a career day as he was 4-for-4 with two runs scored. He raised his batting average 37 points with the perfect afternoon. Monti was 2-for-4 with a run scored while Doyle was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Poff was 1-for-4 with two RBI.

Six different Flying Dutchmen had hits in the game with Joe Soupik and Dustin Adams picking up doubles for LVC.

The Spartans continue their busy slate of games for the week as they travel to Wesley College to face the Wolverines in a key Capital Athletic Conference contest in Dover, Del. First pitch is set for 3:30 pm.

GAME BOX

Photo: Kyle Cook steals second base against Lebanon Valley on Tuesday.

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