Spartans Dramatic Seventh Inning Comeback Results in a Sunday Split

YORK, PA – The York College baseball squad split a Capital Athletic Conference double header against Mary Washington on Sunday afternoon in York. The Spartans won game one 6-5 in walk off fashion before the Eagles salvaged the split with a 6-2 win in the nightcap.

The Spartans are now 8-15 overall and 7-9 in the CAC while Mary Washington stands at 17-11 and 7-8 in the CAC after the split.

The opener was as dramatic a win as the Spartans have had in 2011. The Green and White entered the seventh inning down a pair. The uprising started with a Rob Klinck triple to right centerfield. Eagle centerfielder Jackson Clement appeared to make a diving catch but the umpire ruled the ball dropped, allowing Klinck to cruise into third. After a ground out, Klinck scored when Steve Tretter hit a bomb to right center field, tying the game at five. Senior Devin Harbold then coaxed a six pitch walk and scored when sophomore Justin Cohen ripped a game-winning double down the right field like as Harbold beat the throw to the plate, ending the game in the Spartans' favor.

Early in game one, the Eagles got on the board first. With runners at first and third and two outs, Mary Washington ran a delayed steal. When catcher Cohen threw down to second, second baseman Kyle Cook had the ball squirt off his glove, allowing the runner from third to score for an unearned run.

Mary Washington added a second run in the top of the second as Kevin Yarnell got hit by a pitch to open the inning. Ben Sisk followed with a single and then both Yarnell and Sisk moved up a base after a ground out to the mound. Yarnell scored on a Jon Zimmerman ground out to second as the Eagles took a 2-0 lead.

The Spartans trimmed their deficit in half in the third as designated hitter Jimmy King doubled to lead off the inning. Eagle starter Eric Rehbein got a pair of outs and then appeared to get out of the inning when Cook drilled a ball to third but third baseman Santino Rosanova had the ball go right through his legs, allowing King to score the first Spartan run of the game.

The Eagles got that run right back in the top of the fourth as Clement hit a line drive home run to left, restoring the Eagles' two run advantage. The Eagles got two more in the frame as Sisk singled, moved to third on a Rosanova double and then scored on a Shane Sixsmith single to center with two outs, growing the Eagle lead to 5-1.

York struck back for a single run in the bottom of the fourth as senior Joe Doyle laced an RBI double to right, scoring Devin Harbold with York's second run.

The Green and White had a golden chance for a big inning in the sixth. Senior CT Stanley started the inning with a sharp single through the right side. Cohen then singled to right field, putting Spartans a first and second with no outs. A fly out to right advanced Stanley to third. King then laced a double, scoring Stanley but Cohen was thrown out at the dish on a nice relay as the Spartans deficit stood at 5-3, setting the stage for the seventh inning rally.

Junior Tommy Moran earned the win in relief as he allowed one hit in the top of the seventh. He improves to 1-1 with the win. Senior Andy Rosenzweig started and allowed five runs, four earned, in four innings. He had four strikeouts and allowed eight hits in the no-decision. Sophomore Josh Kohn had a very strong outing as he allowed one hit and one walk in his two innings of relief work.

Rehbein suffered the loss as he allowed six runs, five earned, on 12 hits with seven strikeouts and one walk in his 6.2 innings of work. He falls to 5-2 with the loss.

King led the Spartan offense as he collected a career-high three hits with an RBI and a run scored. Cohen added two hits and an RBI while Cook was 2-for-4 for York. Tretter finished the game 1-for-4 with two RBI on his first home run of the year.

Sixsmith, Clement and Sisk each had two hits for the Eagles. Sixsmith added two RBI and a run scored while Clement had an RBI and a run scored.

In game two, the Eagles got a pair of unearned runs off starter Brandon Ullom in the first inning to seize the early lead.

The Spartans couldn't get anything going offensively against Eagle starter Michael Straub as he kept the Green and White off balance early in the contest.

York got a lead-off double in the second from Harbold but he was stranded on third after Straub got a pair of strikeouts. The Spartans threatened in the third as they loaded the bases before a double play ground ball ended the threat.

The Eagles extended the lead in the sixth as they got four runs on four hits and a Spartan error, pushing their advantage to 6-0.

The Spartans did get a pair of runs in the sixth courtesy of a run scoring wild pitch and an RBI single by Klinck.

Straub earned the win as he tossed five innings, allowing two runs on three hits with three walks, three strikeouts and a hit batter. He improves to 3-0 with the win. Torey Mancari threw the final two innings, allowing two hits with one strikeout.

Ullom suffered the loss as he allowed five runs, with just two being earned, on six hits in his 5.1 innings of work as he falls to 1-2. He struck out two and walked another. Freshman Tyler Alexander threw the final 1.2 innings, allowing an unearned run on two hits with a strikeout.

Beattie Southerland led the Eagles' game two offense with two hits, two RBI, and a pair of runs scored. Rehbein led a hit, an RBI and a run scored while Jake Rudman added a hit and two runs scored.

Tretter paced the Spartans with two hits while Klinck added a hit and an RBI. Cohen and Harbold each had a hit and a run scored.

The Spartans continue their home stand on Monday when they host Elizabethtown in a non-conference contest. First pitch at Jaquet Field is set for 3:30 pm.

Photo: Justin Cohen plated the game-winning run in the first game of the Spartans' split with Mary Washington on Sunday. Photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh (www.sharpedgefoto.com)