Simons' Arm, Hornets' Bats Push Shenandoah Over Spartans

SALISBURY, MD – The York College baseball team ran into a tough and talented Shenandoah squad Thursday evening, falling 11-2 to the #2-seeded Hornets. The loss, which ends the Spartans’ stay in the winner’s bracket, drops York’s record to 28-15 on the season.

Shenandoah jumped on the Green and White early, notching three runs in the top of the first. Scott Lambert’s single to right center followed by Jesse Henry’s walk put Hornets on first and second with only one out. Greg Van Sickler, who hit the ball well all night, doubled into left to plate both Lambert and Henry. Following a Scot Van Dusseldorp ground out, which pushed Van Sickler to third, Cory Nelson singled to right bringing home Shenandoah’s third run.

The majority of the Hornet’s offensive output however came in the third frame as Shenandoah scored seven runs. Sending 12 batters to the plate, the visitors put together five hits, including three doubles while the Spartans’ committed two errors and walked a pair.

That third inning outburst gave Shenandoah a comfortably 10-0 lead and also chased Spartan starter Andy Rosenzweig (Glen Rock, Pa./Susquehannock) after 2.1 innings. Kyle Cook (Pylesville, Md./North Harford) came on to get the final two outs of the frame.

Shenandoah would tack on one more in the fourth, a Nelson two-bagger followed by a Jon Holcomb R.B.I. single into center, to provide the Hornets with an 11-0 advantage.

That lead would prove more than enough for Hornet starter Josh Simons. The senior right hander had a spectacular night registering the complete game victory. Simons, who now moves to a flawless 5-0 on the year, scattered a mere four hits, while striking out ten and only walking three.

Despite Simons’ outstanding performance, York found an offensive bright spot in the bottom of the sixth. Following a Mike Connolly (Selden, N.Y./Newfield) two-out walk, freshman Rob Andrews (East Northport, N.Y./Commack) cranked a no-doubt two-run homer over the left field fence. Andrews’ first jack of his young Spartan career gave York their two scores for the game.

The final three frames went by without a tick as Shenandoah advanced in the winner’s bracket.

York used a plethora of arms in the game as seven hurlers came to the mound for the Green and White. Over the final six innings, Tommy Moran (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip), Jeff Benchich (Salt Point, N.Y./Millbrook), Rob Harrington (Haddon Township, N.J./Haddon Township), K.C. Beshore (New Cumberland, Pa./Red Land), and Jake Hughes (Schwenksville, Pa./Souderton) combined to only allowed one run on three hits including no base knocks in the final three frames.

For the Hornets, Nelson was 3-for-4 with one R.B.I. and two runs scored while Kevin Brashears notched a 2-for-6 night with three runs batted in. Van Sickler finished the contest with a 2-for-5 performance with two runs driven-in and two runs scored.

Despite tonight’s setback, the Spartans return action on Friday as their 2009 NCAA Tournament South Regional continue. The Green and White will take on Washington & Jefferson in an elimination game at 1:15 from Arthur W. Perdue Stadium. Live Stats will be available for the game at http://livestats.prestosports.com/salisbury/bsb/baseball.html.

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Rob Andrews' photo courtesy of Scott Guise