March 20, 2009

Streak Reaches 14 Behind Rosenzweig's Strong Outing

YORK, PA – The York College baseball team received seven strong innings from sophomore starter Andy Rosenzweig (Glen Rock, Pa./Susquehannock) as they posted their 14th straight win, a 6-2 Capital Athletic Conference victory over St. Mary’s College on Friday afternoon in York. The Spartans improve to 14-2 overall and 5-0 in the CAC while the Seahawks fall to 10-8 overall and 4-4 in the league.

Rosenzweig gave the Spartans a very good outing as he held the Seahawks in check all day long. The right-hander allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits in seven innings of work. He struck out five and walked another as he improves to 4-1 with the win.

After three scoreless innings, the Seahawks opened the scoring with a one-out triple from Matt Baden in the top of the fourth. Baden came around to score on an RBI ground out from J.P. Debrowski as the guests took a 1-0 lead.

That lead lasted just two batters into the bottom of the fourth as Mike Connolly (Selden, N.Y./Newfield) singled through the right side to open the inning. He came around to score three pitches later when Ryan Poff (York, Pa./Spring Grove) stroked his team-leading 10th double of the year, a shot to right center, plating Connolly with the tying run. After Matt Austin (Shrewsbury, Pa./Susquehannock) singled to move Poff to third, the senior centerfielder scored when CT Stanley (Timonimum, Md./Calvert Hall College) grounded into a double play.

The Seahawks tied the game in the top of the fifth thanks to some bad Spartan defense as St. Mary’s scored a run on one hit and two Spartan errors. The damage could have been worse but Rosenzweig worked his way out of trouble to keep the game tied at two.

His offense would reward him in the bottom of the fifth as Kyle Cook (Pylesville, Md./North Harford) ripped a two-out RBI double to score pinch runner Chris Young (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Red Land) with York’s third run. Cook then came around to score on a Connolly RBI single to right center field as the Spartan lead grew to 4-2.

York closed out the scoring in the sixth as Austin walked to start the inning. Stanley then jacked his second home run in as many games, launching a Jon Gill offering to deep left as the Spartan lead was 6-2.

The Spartans turned to Chris Frankenfield (Blue Bell, Pa./Wissahickon) in the eighth and the junior responded by keeping the Seahawks off the board, preserving the Spartans’ four run lead.  Frankenfield allowed two hits with a walk in his two-inning stint.

Stanley led the Spartans as he was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Connolly added two hits, an RBI and a run scored while Poff was 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.

Debrowski and Mark Dattilio each had two hits to pace the Seahawks. Debrowski added an RBI while Dattilio scored one of St. Mary’s two runs.

Gill took the loss as he allowed six runs on nine hits with two strikeouts and a pair of walks. He falls to 2-5 with the setback. Mike Victory relieved Gill and was sharp as he threw 2.2 perfect innings for the Seahawks.

The Spartans and Seahawks continue their three-game set tomorrow as they play a twin bill in St. Mary’s City, MD. First pitch in game one is set for 1:00 pm.

GAME BOX

Photo: CT Stanley jacks a two run homer in the sixth inning. It is his team-leading fifth bomb of the year.