FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The York College baseball team picked up a huge doubleheader sweep on Saturday at Methodist University during the Spartans four-game swing through North Carolina. The Spartans opened the day with an 11-1 win over Piedmont and then completed the sweep of the day with a big 5-0 win over Methodist in the nightcap. The Spartans improve to 27-12 as they have now won nine straight. Methodist falls to 28-13 while Piedmont is 21-20.
The Methodist win was very important to the Spartan squad. The Spartans are battling the Monarchs for an at-large bid in the upcoming NCAA tournament and every quality win inches the Spartans closer to the dance for the second consecutive year. The win was also the ninth win of the season for Spartan senior ace Jason Christenberry (Yoe, Pa./Dallastown) as he moved into a tie for second place in the single-season pitching wins and he is now needs just three more wins to tie former Spartan standout Chris Brower for the career wins mark as Christenberry now has 24 victories.
Christenberry was dominating all night long against the Monarchs. The senior right-hander scattered four singles as he struck out 11 and walked three in picking up the complete game shutout win. The whitewashing was his first complete game shutout of the year and the third shutout he has been a part of this year. He is now 9-2 with a 2.30 ERA for the year.
The Spartans got all the runs they needed in the top of the fifth as Kyle Cook (Pylesville, Md./North Harford) doubled to right with two outs. After Rick Shumway (Shippensburg, Pa./Shippensburg Area) was intentionally walked, Mike Connolly (Selden, N.Y./Newfield) singled to score Cook. C.T. Stanley (Timonium, Md./Calvert Hall) then had an infield single to score Shumway for the Spartans' second run.
York added single runs in the sixth, eighth and ninth innings to give the Spartans the 5-0 win.
Stanley and Cook each had two hits to pace the 10-hit Spartan attack. Connolly and Jim Meehan (Mastic, N.Y./Eastport-South Central Manor) each drove in two for the Spartans while Shumway and Rob Klinck (Stanhope, N.J./Lenape Valley Regional) each scored twice for the Green and White.
Tyler Younger led the Monarchs with two singles while Tripp Lancaster and Matt Quick each had a single for Methodist.
Kurt Kelly took the loss as he falls to 8-3 as he allowed four runs, three earned, on 10 hits with four walks and three strikeouts in 7.1 innings of work.
In the opening win of the day against Piedmont, the Spartans struck for four runs in the top of the first to seize control early. The Green and White pushed the lead to 5-0 in the third before blowing the game open with a four-run fourth inning. The Lions spoiled Andy Rosenzweig's (Glen Rock, Pa./Susquehannock) shutout with a single run in the bottom of the fifth but York tacked on another two runs in the top of the eighth, providing for the final 10-run bulge.
Rosenzweig went the distance, allowing a run on six hits with seven punch outs and two walks in his nine innings. He improves to 6-4 with the win.
Josh McEachin suffered the loss as he allowed six runs, four earned, on seven hits with two walks in his three innings of work. He falls to 2-3 with the loss. The Piedmont bullpen wasn't much relief as they allowed five runs, three earned, on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts in six innings of combined action.
Stanley led the Spartan offense as he was 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored. He had eight total bases in the game with his eighth home run of the year and a pair of doubles. Joe Doyle (Stewartstown, Pa./Red Lion) had four RBI while Shumway was 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. Matt Monti (Easton, Pa./Easton) and Meehan each had two hits for the 13-hit Spartan attack.
Six different Lions had a hit with Zach Stein being the long Piedmont player with extra bases as he had a double. Stein eventually came around to score the Lions' lone run in the game.
The Spartans looks to cap a successful weekend on Sunday afternoon when they face Methodist in a key regional match up. First pitch from Fayetteville, N.C. is set for 2:00 pm.