YORK, Pa. – The York College baseball team suffered a 12-inning 4-3 loss to Capital Athletic Conference foe Wesley on Sunday afternoon in York. With the loss, the Spartans drop to 9-18 on the season including 7-11 in CAC play while the Wolverines improve to 16-16 overall and 8-10 in the league.
Corey Jefferson's sacrifice fly in the top of the 12th inning provided what would prove to be the winning run for Wesley as he drove in Greg McKee from third. Aided by a Spartan error and back-to-back walks, the Wolverines loaded the bases with just one out. Jefferson, who had been inserted at catcher earlier in the contest, smacked a fly ball to left field deep enough for McKee to bring home the go-ahead run.
The bottom half of the 12th saw the Green and White threaten as they put runners on first and second with only one out. However, a ground ball double play ended the threat and the game as Wesley secured the CAC triumph.
Neither side was able to do much offensively throughout the contest as both starters threw well. Spartan hurler Andy Rosenzweig tossed six and third innings and allowed three earned runs while striking out five. Wesley Ryan Doran went five innings as he also surrendered three earned.
The Wolverines got on the board first with a pair of tallies in the fourth. York cut that lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth when Kyle Cook's fielder's choice brought home Sean McCann for York's first run.
The Spartans then grabbed the lead in the sixth by plating a pair. Back-to-back doubles to start the York half of the frame, courtesy of Justin Cohen and Steve Tretter, knotted the ballgame at 2-2. C.T. Stanley then swiftly brought home Tretter as he knocked a single into left, giving the Green and White a 3-2 advantage.
That lead would not last however, as Wesley responded with the tying score in the top of the frame. Following a leadoff double from Seth Hastings, Billy Crowe pushed him to third with a sacrifice bunt. That tactic proved effective as Rob Benedict plated Hastings with a single into left center, tying the game at 3-3.
Wesley's DJ Keckler picked up the win as he tossed three innings of scoreless baseball while surrendering three hits. AJ Robeldo notched his first save of the season for the Wolverines.
For the Spartans, Cohen, Tretter, and Stanley each posted a 2-for-5 day while designated hitter Jimmy King went 2-for-4.
York will now turn their attention to the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament. CAC Playoff action is slated to begin on Tuesday, April 12. Check back to www.ycpspartans.com for updated information on the Spartans' trip through the league tournament.
PHOTO: Andy Rosenzweig put on a solid performance for York in Sunday's CAC tilt against Wesley. Courtesy of Theresa Dark - York College athletic communications practicum student.