YORK, PA – The Randolph-Macon Yellow Jackets used a big offensive day to down the York College baseball squad 12-2 at Jaquet Field in York on a sunny but brisk Tuesday afternoon.
The Yellow Jackets improve to 13-12 overall while the Spartans fall to 6-14.
Randolph-Macon opened the game with a five run first, though that outburst could be directly traced to a pair of Spartan errors in the frame. Jordan Walton had the big hit in the inning with a three run homer over the 14-foot high wall in right.
The Yellow Jackets tacked on four runs in the second off reliever Brian Lusby as the Spartan deficit grew to 9-0 through an inning and a half of play.
Randolph-Macon added a single run in the third and two in the fourth to push the lead to 12-0 through four and a half innings of play.
The Spartans had a great chance to score in the sixth as the Green and White loaded the bases with two outs only to hit into a fielder's choice on a 3-0 count, leaving the sacks jacked.
York did score in the seventh on a double play ground out with the bases loaded. The Spartans got a second run in the seventh on a Yellow Jacket error as the Spartans cut into their deficit.
York would be unable to score as they saw their two-game win streak end.
Tyler Kane earned the win as he tossed five shutout innings. He scattered four hits with three strikeouts and one walk as he improves to 1-2. Three of the four Yellow Jackets pitchers that followed Kane to the mound tossed scoreless innings of work.
Spartan ace Andy Rosenzweig suffered the loss as he allowed five runs, two earned, on five hits in his one inning of action. Tommy Moran, Josh Kohn, David Walker, and Bryan Palumbo each had scoreless stints for the Spartans. Moran threw two scoreless frames while Kohn, Walker and Palumbo each threw one inning.
Walton paced the Yellow Jacket offense as he was 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. He ripped his team-leading third home run and 19th double in the win. Third baseman Michael Helbig chipped in with three hits, three RBI and a run scored while catcher Jay Lichter and shortstop Peter Culver each added two hits, two runs scored and an RBI.
Junior Steve Tretter led the Spartan offense as he was 2-for-2 as he is now 6-for-his-last-6. The Spartans left nine men stranded and did not have an extra base hit in the game.
The Spartans travel to Mary Washington for game one of a three game set on Thursday afternoon. First pitch in Fredericksburg is set for 3:30 pm.
Photo: Steve Tretter had a pair of hits to lead the Spartan offense. Photo courtesy of Theresa Dark, Athletic Communications Practicum Student