Bats, Pitching Combine to Take Two Against Immaculata

Bats, Pitching Combine to Take Two Against Immaculata

YORK, PA – The York College baseball team took the field for the first time Tuesday after a disappointing exit from the CAC tournament. With a chip on their shoulder, the Spartans took out their frustrations on visiting Immaculata University as the Green and White snagged 10-0 and 8-0 wins in the mid-week double header. With the two wins, the Spartans improve to 20-12 on the season while the Mighty Macs drop to 11-18.

In game one, Andy Rosenzweig (Glen Rock, Pa./Susquehannock) gave the Spartans a strong five innings in which he allowed no runs on two hits and was able to fan two. After the fifth, Rosenzweig would hand the ball off to reliever Tommy Moran (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) who would come in and throw two scoreless frames while striking out two to finish off the seven-inning ballgame.

Runs were easy to come by for the Spartan offense as they were able to put up an impressive ten runs over their six turns at the plate.

The second frame would see the Green and White open up what would prove to be an insurmountable advantage. The rally started with a Mike Connolly (Selden, N.Y./Newfield) double to left center field. CT Stanley (Timonium, Md./Calvert Hall College) followed with a walk. After a fielder's choice to record the first out of the inning, junior shortstop Rob Klinck (Stanhope, N.J./Lenape Valley Regional) hit a three-run bomb to left field giving the Spartans their first lead of the game. Later in the inning, catcher Jim Meehan (Mastic, N.Y./Eastport-South Manor Central) would jack a solo homer of his own to increase the Spartan lead to 4-0. The Spartans would never look back from this point forward continuing to increase their lead.

In the bottom of the third Connolly would make the spark for yet another York rally by knocking a one out single. Stanley then walked for the second time. Joe Doyle (Stewartstown, Pa./Red Lion) moved the runners over to second and third by grounding out to first base and set the stage for Klinck. The junior would once again come through by blasting another three run shot over the left center field fence, giving him his second homerun and sixth RBI on the day. Matt Monti (Easton, Pa./Easton) followed the homerun with a walk. Meehan then continued his good day by knocking in Monti with a double. Meehan would then score on a Dustin Worthman (Tabernacle, N.J./Seneca) single that found its way through the right side. That would end the scoring in the third as the Spartans went to the top half of the fourth with a commanding 9-0 lead.

The Spartans would tack on yet another run after Klinck reached third base on a triple making him 3-3 in game one, with two homers, six runs batted in, and a triple in his first three at-bats. Monti would then single in Klinck to give him his third run scored on the game. The Spartans then left a 10-run lead to the pitching and defense who were able to shut out Immaculata through seven innings.

Immaculata pitcher Aaron Detrich was charged with the loss as his record falls to 3-4 on the season.

For game two, the Spartans would summon righty Jason Christenberry (Yoe, Pa./Dallastown) to toe the rubber in game two of the doubleheader. Head Coach Paul Saikia certainly would not regret the decision to go with the veteran ace as he threw a great five innings allowing only two hits and no runs while recording three strikeouts. Christenberry retired 15 of 17 Immaculata batters he faced. Brian Lusby (Prince Frederick, Md./Huntingtown) and Josh Kohn (Derwood, Md./Col. Zadok Magruder) both got time out of the bullpen combining for no runs on two hits to secure game two of the doubleheader shutout sweep.

The hot Spartan bats would carry their way over into game two beginning with a Monti lead off double down the left field line. Kyle Cook (Pylesville, Md./North Harford) would then lay down a sacrifice bunt that would move Monti over to third. Rick Shumway (Shippensburg, Pa./Shippensburg Area) was then hit by a pitch, which put runners on first and third for Connolly. The Spartan clean-up man, would proceed to single and advance to second on an error by the left fielder. Both Monti and Shumway would come in to score on the play. Stanley then followed with a double to right center that would plate Connolly as the Green and White ended the frame with an early 3-0 advantage.

In the bottom of the second the Spartans showcased clutch two out hitting as Monti posted a two out single to get things going. Cook then singled to left field. With runners on first and second Coach Saikia called for a double steal of Monti and Cook. The steal caught Immaculata catcher Patrick Boulware by surprise and caused him to make a throwing error on which Monti would score. Shumway then came through with another two-out hit to drive in Cook. That would be the last run the Spartans would push across in the second inning.

After a dry third, the York side would pick up the scoring again in the fourth inning. Pinch hitting for Doyle, Steve Tretter (Ephrata, Pa./Ephrata) started the inning off with a single. Tretter then reached second on an error. Monti continued to have a big day with a double down the right field line driving in Tretter. Shumway would then trade places with Monti on a double of his own. After four innings of play the Spartans had a comfortable 7-0 lead.

The Spartans would pick up their final run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Monti drew a one-out walk, which would prove to cause problems for the Immaculata side. Monti then proceeded to work his way around the bases to third before Connolly would bring him in with a sacrifice fly.

Christenberry picked up the win improving his record to 7-2 on the season. The loss was charged to Immaculata's Ernell Harley Jr. his record fell to 3-2.

Overall the Spartans had a great day of both offense and pitching. Their offense combined in both games for 18 runs on 24 hits in just 12 innings at bat. The pitching faired just as well, dealing 14 shutout innings in which they allowed only six hits.

The Spartans look to pick up their third win in a row as they host Franklin & Marshall at Jacquet Field Wednesday. First pitch is slated for 4 pm.


Photo: Rob Klinck cranks his second home run against Immaculata on Tuesday - courtesy of Scott Guise

Article written by Art Lopez - York College sports information Intern