YORK, PA – The York College baseball squad closed out their 2010 Capital Athletic regular season with a doubleheader split against Salisbury University on a sunny Saturday afternoon in York. The Spartans won the first game in come-from-behind fashion 6-3 before falling to the Gulls 2-0 in the nightcap. The loss snaps York's season-high 11 game win streak.
York is now 17-10 overall and finishes their CAC schedule with a mark of 12-6. Salisbury, the sixth ranked team in the nation, is now 20-6 overall and 12-4 in the conference with two games remaining in their league slate.
In game one, the Spartans were on the ropes early and often as the Sea Gulls reached freshman starter Joey Couch (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) for a pair of runs in the top of the first. The first three Sea Gulls reached base courtesy of some hard hit shots. Couch steadied himself and got out of the jam courtesy of a smooth 1-6-3 double play, minimizing the damage at only two runs when it could have been far worse.
Salisbury got right back to it in the top of the second after York went quietly in the bottom of the first. The Sea Gulls loaded the bases with two outs but Couch got a swinging strikeout to keep Salisbury off the board.
That theme continued for Couch through his five-plus inning stint as he was constantly pitching out of trouble.
The same would not be said for Salisbury’s Kyle Judson as the junior right-hander was breezing through the Spartan lineup. Spartan Rick Shumway (Shippensburg, Pa./Shippensburg Area) had a bunt single in the first and he was then thrown out attempting to steal second, ending the first. Judson would then go on to mow down the next 12 Spartans. That streak came to an end when junior Joe Doyle (Stewartstown, Pa./Red Lion) jacked a solo home run deep over the scoreboard in right, cutting the Spartan deficit to 2-1 through five innings of play.
Salisbury got that run back in the top of the sixth as Brad Baylis doubled to left with one out. Mike Celenza then walked to put runners at first and second. Senior Chris Frankenfield (Blue Bell, Pa./Wissahickon) allowed a double that hugged the third base line to Brian Green, scoring Baylis with the Sea Gulls’ third run of the game. After an intentional walk to Ryan Smith, Frankenfield got a strikeout and a pop out to end the Sea Gull threat.
That ability to hold the Gulls to only one run in the top of the sixth proved to be huge for York. The bottom of the sixth began with a sharp single to right by Matt Monti (Easton, Pa./Easton). He moved to second when Jim Meehan (Mastic, N.Y./Eastport-South Manor Central) ripped a single to center. Those two hits knocked Judson from the contest as Mark Peterson came into the game in relief. He was promptly greeted by a beautifully placed bunt single down the third base line by Dustin Worthman (Tabernacle, N.J./Seneca) which loaded the bases with no outs.
The Spartans then tied the game two pitches later as Kyle Cook (Pylesville, Md./North Harford) laced a two-run single down the third base line, scoring Monti and Meehan, tying the game at three. Shumway came to the plate and worked a great at-bat, spoiling a number of quality pitches before walking and reloading the bases. Mike Connolly (Selden, N.Y./Newfield) then slashed a hard single off the drawn in infield to plate two more as the Spartan lead grew to 5-3. After the Spartans bungled a bunt attempt resulting in a Salisbury double play, Doyle capped the huge uprising with an RBI triple to deep right center as the Spartans led 6-3.
Frankenfield gave up a cue shot single to start the seventh but retired the next three hitters to earn his fourth win of the year.
Frankenfield allowed no runs on two hits with two strikeouts and a walk in his 1.2 innings of action as he improves to 4-1. Couch got knocked around a little bit as he gave up nine hits and walked five in his 5.1 innings of action. However, the freshman got out of a number of jams as he gave up three runs during his outing. The five walks were as many as Couch had in his previous 27 innings of work so far this year.
Peterson got the loss as he allowed three runs on three hits with a walk. He did not record a out in his four batter stint. Judson got the no decision as he allowed three runs on three hits with two strikeouts in his five innings of work. Drew Baldwin closed out the game, allowing Doyle’s triple in the sixth.
Doyle led the Spartans’ game one offense as he was 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored on his fourth home run of the year. Cook was 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored while Connolly also had a hit and an RBI.
Baylis paced the Sea Gulls as he was 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Bill Morton added two hits while Brian Green was 1-for-2 with a pair of RBI. Celenza knocked in the other Sea Gull run.
Salisbury finished the game with 14 runners stranded throughout the seven-inning game.
In game two, the starting pitchers dominated the opening five innings of the game. Spartan starter Andy Rosenzweig (Glen Rock, Pa./Susquehannock) and Kyle Starr matched zeros through the first five frames as they had each allowed three hits.
Salisbury broke up the shutout when Celenza launched a home run to deep center to lead off the sixth.
York tried to answer right back in the bottom of the sixth as Worthman slashed a bunt attempt past Starr to start the inning. After a Cook sacrifice moved Worthman to second, Shumway singled through the left side, putting Spartans at the corners with one out. Starr answered with a strikeout and a fielder’s choice as he got himself out of the jam.
The Sea Gulls got a huge insurance run in the top of the seven as Miller singled through the left side, scoring Will Evans with Salisbury’s second run.
The Spartans got a lead off pinch hit double from Steve Tretter (Ephrata, Pa./Ephrata) in the bottom of the seventh but Chad Wolfe came in to shut the door, retiring the next three Spartans for his third save of the year.
Starr earned the win as he allowed just six hits with five strikeouts in his six innings. He improves to 3-1. Rosenzweig suffered the loss as he allowed two runs on six hits with two strikeouts and no walks in his 6.2 innings of work.
Miller led Salisbury with two hits and an RBI while Celenza was 1-for-3 with his third home run of the year.
Shumway had a pair of hits for the Spartans while CT Stanley (Timonimum, Md./Calvert Hall) and Tretter each had doubles for York.
The Spartans now must wait to see who they will host in the upcoming CAC Tournament on Tuesday, April 13. The tournament pairings will be determined after Sunday’s CAC finale as Mary Washington travels to Salisbury for a make up doubleheader. First pitch for Tuesday’s opening round will be at 3:30 pm at Jaquet Field.
Matt Monti photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh.