February 27, 2010

Spartans Drop a Pair at Emory on Saturday

ATLANTA, GA – The York College baseball squad dropped a pair of games at Emory University during the second day of the Emory University Rawlings Southern Classic in Atlanta, Georgia. The Spartans got dumped 11-0 in the opener before the Eagles completed the sweep with a 9-4 win in the nightcap. York is now 1-2 for the campaign while the Eagles are now 4-5 for 2010.

In the opener, Emory struck for a trio of runs in the bottom of the second inning to take a quick lead. The Spartan defense aided in the Eagle uprising as an error gave Emory an extra out in the frame. Spartan starter Andy Rosenzweig (Glen Rock, Pa./Susquehannock) also issued a bases loaded walk in the inning as the Green and White found themselves down early.

The Spartans had a great chance to get on the board in the fourth as C.T. Stanley (Timonium, Md./Calvert Hall College) and Mike Connolly (Selden, N.Y./Newfield) opened the frame with back-to-back singles. However, Eagle starter Matthew Katten got a strikeout and a double play ground ball to extricate himself from the situation.

The Eagles tacked on another three runs in the bottom of the fourth as another Spartan error made two of the three runs unearned.

The Eagles added a single run in the fifth and two more in each the sixth and eighth innings to provide for the final 11-0 margin of victory.

Katten earned the win to improve to 1-1 as he tossed seven shutout innings. He scattered seven hits with two strikeouts and two walks during his stint. Paul Schwendel and Connor McGuiness each threw a perfect inning of relief for Emory.

Rosenzweig was tagged with the loss as he allowed six runs, three earned, on six hits with an uncharacteristic four walks and three punch outs in his four-inning stint. Brian Lusby (Prince Frederick, Md./Huntingtown) and Brian Workman (Cherry Hill, N.J./Paul VI) each made their collegiate debut in the game. Lusby allowed three runs in his two innings of work while Workman allowed two unearned runs in his two-inning stint.

Matt Fennell led the Eagle offense as he was 2-for-2 with three RBI and a run scored. Blake Pindyck, Ryan Jones, and Evan Plys each added a pair of knocks in the win.

Connolly paced the Spartan offense as he was 2-for-3 including his second double of the year. He was the only Spartan with multiple hits while he had York’s lone extra base hit of the game.

In the nightcap, York got on the board in the bottom of the first as Matt Monti (Easton, Pa./Easton) singled with one out. He stole second and then rode home on a Stanley two-out RBI single.

Emory recaptured the lead two batters later courtesy of a Dan Molnar RBI double. That would be the first of four runs that Emory would plate in the top of the second. York got one of those runs back in the bottom of the second on a Jim Meehan (Mastic, N.Y./Eastport-South Manor Central) RBI double to left.

The Eagles pushed the lead to 6-2 before York cut their deficit by two with a pair of runs on three hits in the bottom of the fourth. Emory answered York’s two runs in the bottom of the fourth with two in the top of the fifth and one more in the sixth to earn the 9-4 win.

Bryan Cournoyer earned the win in relief for the Eagles as he improves to 2-0. Cournoyer allowed two unearned runs in 5.2 innings of work. He scattered five hits and struck out two in his stint.

Junior Kyle Cook (Pylesville, Md./North Harford) suffered the loss as he allowed eight runs, seven earned, on seven hits and two walks in four innings of work. Joey Couch (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) pitched well in collegiate debut as he allowed a run on three hits with two walks and a strikeout in his four innings.

Molnar and Kevin O’Connor each went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a pair of runs scored to power the Eagle offense Ryan Jones went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored.

Monti, Connolly, Stanley and freshman Justin Cohen (Severn, Md./Old Mill) each had two hits in the 11-hit Spartan attack. Connolly, Stanley, and Meehan each had an RBI in the loss.

The Spartans conclude their stay at Rawlings Southern Classic as they face Rhodes College in their final game of the tournament. Game time at Chappell Park in Atlanta is set for 10:00 am.

GAME ONE BOX

GAME TWO BOX

Photo: Senior Mike Connolly