YORK, PA – The York College baseball team used a strong pitching performance and some timely hitting to secure a 10-1 victory over Franklin & Marshall College on Friday afternoon in York. The Spartans, winners of three straight, improve to 21-12 overall while the Diplomats fall to 12-19-1 for the season.
The Diplomats got to Spartan starter Chris Frankenfield (Blue Bell, Pa./Wissahickon) in the top of the first after the right-hander struck out of the first two batters of the game. Matt Will began the uprising with a single to up the middle. Bill Murray then laced a single past a diving Matt Monti (Easton, Pa./Easton) in left center to plate Will who was running on the play.
The Spartans loaded the bases in the bottom of the first off Diplomat starter Bobby Hayes as he hit a batter and walked two others but the Green and White couldn't get on the board as they left the bases loaded.
The Green and White got on the board in the third started by Dustin Worthman (Tabernacle, N.J./Seneca) as the designated hitter was plunked for the second time in the game. Back-to-back infield singles by Kyle Cook (Pylesville, Md./North Harford) and Rick Shumway (Shippensburg, Pa./Shippensburg Area) loaded the bases for Mike Connolly (Selden, N.Y./Newfield). The senior outfielder plated Worthman with an RBI fielder's choice. C.T. Stanley (Timonium, Md./Calvert Hall) walked to reload the bases with one out. After Hayes got a pop up, Rob Klinck (Stanhope, N.J./Lenape Valley Regional) smoked triple to the right center gap, scoring all three runners, giving York a 4-1 lead.
The Spartans tacked on a pair of runs in the fourth as Jim Meehan (Mastic, N.Y./Eastport-South Manor Central) singled, moved to third on a hit and run single from Worthman and scored on a Cook sacrifice fly. After a Shumway single put runners at first and second, Connolly singled to right, scoring Worthman and moving Shumway to third. Collin McCune came into the game in relief of Hayes and got the final two Spartans to keep the damage at two.
York tacked on a pair of runs in both the fifth and eighth innings to provide for the final 10-1 margin.
Frankenfield earned the win as he improves to 5-1. He allowed one run on five hits with six strikeouts and two walks in his seven innings of work. Brandon Ullom (South Plainfield, N.J./South Plainfield) worked a perfect eighth inning and Jeff Benchich (Salt Point, N.Y./Millbrook) was smooth in the ninth to cap a very good day on the mound for the Green and White.
Hayes took the loss as he allowed six runs on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts in his 3.1 innings of action. Hayes falls to 0-2 with the loss. McCune allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits in 2.2 innings on the hill. Zeke Fine allowed two the last two runs on three hits and a walk as he pitched the eighth for the Dips.
Worthman had a perfect day at the plate as he was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. He was also hit by pitch in his first two plate appearances as the lead off man was on base all five times. Connolly was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a pair of runs scored. Klinck had two triples as he now has a team-leading seven three-baggers while he also drove in three and scored another run. Meehan and Shumway were the other two Spartans with two hits in the 14 hit Spartan attack.
Murray led the Diplomats with two hits and an RBI and was the only F&M hitter with multiple hits as Diplomats had just five singles for the day.
The Spartans return to action Saturday afternoon when they host Christopher Newport in a non-conference doubleheader. Game one is slated for a noon start. The first game will be preceded by the Spartans' 2010 senior day as the Green and White will recognize their seven seniors. The ceremony will begin at approximately 11:50 am.