Spartans Showcase Pitching, Power in Win Over Rowan

YORK, PA – The York College baseball team capped off their third win in two days with a 9-0 finish against the Rowan University Profs. The Spartans came into the game riding high after a double-header sweep of in-conference opponent St. Mary’s on Saturday.

Despite a rocky start to the 2010 campaign, with the win today, the Spartans have officially righted the ship improving to a 10-9 record.

The Spartans would be paced well all day with a great performance by starting pitcher, Chris Frankenfield (Blue Bell, Pa/ Wissahickon). Frankenfield would finish with four strikeouts in seven innings of work, coupled with no walks, en route to his second win of the season.

Frankenfield along with pitchers, Joey Couch (Ellicot City, Md./ Centennial) and Brian Workman (Cherry Hill, N.J/ Paul VI) would make it an easy day for the offense by combining for a six-hit shutout. The offense however, held up its end of the bargain by scratching across nine runs.

The Spartans were the first to put across a run in the bottom of the opening frame. The rally started with a Kyle Cook (Pylesville, Md./ North Harford) single, who would then advance on a wild pitch. The Cook single was followed by a Rick Shumway (Shippensburg, Pa./ Shippensburg Area) walk, which set the stage for a whacky play. Mike Connolly (Selden, N.Y./ Newfield) lined out to Rowan second baseman Dave Lenig, as Shumway was caught too far off of the base. Lenig tried doubling off Shumway at first, but in doing so the ball ricocheted off Shumway and out of play allowing all runners to advance two bases, which forced Cook across the plate. That lone run would prove to be all the Spartans would need.

In the bottom of the third Mike Connolly (Selden, N.Y./Newfield) would give the Spartans a safe lead by blasting a two-run homer to right centerfield. With two outs and Dustin Worthman (Tabernacle, N.J./ Seneca) standing on third, Connolly cranked a shot over the escalated right field fence. At the end of the third, the Green and White led 3-0.

After a silent home fourth, the Spartans would rally again in the fifth begun by a Worthman single to center. Cook then caught Rowan’s defense by surprise as he laid down a great bunt down the third-base line, causing a throwing error by third basemen, Brad Woodend. Shumway would then follow with yet another perfectly placed bunt single up the third-base line. With the sacks loaded, Rowan made a call to the bullpen to bring in a lefty to face the left-handed swinging Connelly. Connelly was then hit by a pitch, plating one run across, setting the stage for C.T. Stanley (Timonium, Md./ Calvert hall) to break things open. Stanley drilled a double into right center, driving in two RBI’s. Shumway would later score on a wild pitch before the inning came to a close with the Spartans owning a 7-0 lead.

In the bottom of the eighth, pinch hitter Sean McCann (Smithtown, N.Y./ Smithtown) would drive in another run for the Spartans increasing their lead to 8-0. Later in the inning Jim Meehan (Mastic, N.Y./ Eastport- South Manor Central) would score on a fielder’s choice giving York their ninth and final run of the game.

The Spartans will get a day off on Monday before they travel to Lebanon Valley on Tuesday as York will look to increase their current winning streak to five. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 pm.

GAME BOX

Photo: Chris Frankenfield threw seven strong innings and Mike Connolly celebrates his two-run homer - courtesy of Zach Clabaugh - www.sharpedgephoto.smugmug.com

Written by Art Lopez - York College sports information student-intern