ATLANTA, GA – The York College baseball squad open its 2012 season with a dramatic split during day one of the Emory University Rawlings Southern Classic on Saturday in Atlanta, GA. The Spartans fell to Millsaps 7-4 in the opener before rallying to down Emory 11-10 in 10 innings in the nightcap.
The Emory game should prove to be a memorable one for the Spartans. York trailed 9-1 after the fifth inning as the Eagles jumped out to a huge lead.
The Spartans fashioned an improbable comeback in the bottom of the seventh. The frame started off with a Drew Frankenfield single to center. Freshman Adam Bartholomew drew a walk followed by a Colin Porter walk to load the bases with no outs. Jimmy King reached on an error as Frankenfield and Bartholomew both scored, cutting York's deficit to 9-3. Junior Nic Long then jacked a three-run homer to left as the Spartans scored five runs in the span of five hitters.
The rally continued as Sean McCann was hit by a pitch but he was forced out at second as Dustin Worthman hit into a fielder's choice. Senior Steve Tretter walked and Justin Cohen followed with an RBI single, plating Worthman as the Spartan deficit was just 9-7. Frankenfield then singled to score Tretter as the Spartan comeback was nearly complete. Porter scored Cohen with an RBI double and the game was tied at 9 through seven innings of play.
The Eagles scored a run in the top of the ninth but the Spartans rallied when Tretter singled, was sacrificed to second and scored on an Eagle error, tying the game at 10.
The game-winning rally started when Porter walked. King advanced him to second on a bunt. After a fly out to right, pinch hitter Jeremie Patrick and Worthman drew back-to-back walks to load the bases with two outs. Tretter then found himself down in the count 1-2 before drawing a walk to plate the game-winning run.
Junior Josh Kohn earned the win out of the pen. He struck out two in the top of the tenth to pick up his first victory of the year. Kohn was the seventh York pitcher of the day and the pen did it's job after sophomore starter Tyler Alexander had a rough outing. The pen combined to throw seven innings, allowing three runs, one earned, on six hits with six strikeouts and three walks. Freshmen Andrew Tucci, David McGee, and Dan Gurganus each were outstanding as they all threw perfect innings of relief for the Spartans.
Connor McGuiness suffered the loss for the Eagles as he allowed a run on four walks in his one inning of work. Ben Hinojosa made a strong start for Emory as he allowed one run on four hits with four walks and three strikeouts in six innings.
Long led the Spartan offense as he was 2-for-4 with four RBI and one run scored. Cohen and Frankenfield each had two hits with an RBI and a run scored. Porter was 1-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI while he also drew three walks. Tretter finished the game 1-for-3 with two runs scored, and RBI and three walks. The Spartans drew 11 walks in the win while they struck out just four times.
Brett Lake led the Eagle offense as he was 2-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI. Catcher Jared Welch was 2-for-5 with a run scored and RBI while Brandon Hannon was 1-for-3 with two RBI and a pair of runs scored.
In the season opener against Millsaps, the Spartans scored in the bottom of the first as Tretter doubled, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Cohen RBI ground out.
The Majors struck for three runs in the top of the third but the Spartans tied the game at three in the bottom of the fourth as Porter had an RBI single and Long later plated Porter with an RBI single of his own.
The Spartans took a short lived 4-3 in the bottom of the fifth as Frankenfield recorded a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Tretter with the Spartan run.
Millsaps recaptured the lead in the top of the sixth, striking for three runs, taking a 6-4 lead.
The Green and White had two runners on in the eighth with two outs but King hit a bullet to right to end the threat. The Majors got an insurance run in the ninth and York couldn't get anything going in the ninth as they opened the season with a setback.
West Hammond earned the win as he went five innings, allowing four runs, three eanred, on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts. He improves to 2-0 with the win. Zander Romano earned the save as he threw four shutout innings, allowing just two hits with two walks and one strikeout.
Junior Joey Couch suffered the loss in his first start of the year as he allowed six runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings of work. He struck out three and walked two.
Stephen Gates led the Majors with three hits, two RBI and two runs scored from his lead off spot. Keith Shumaker was 2-for-5 with two RBI while Drew Leonard added a hit, two RBI and one run scored.
Tretter led the Spartan offense as he was 2-for-5 with two runs scored. King also banged out two hits for the Spartans while Porter was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
The Spartans close out the tournament with two more games on Sunday. The Green and White face Rhodes at 12:30 pm at LaGrange followed by a contest against LaGrange at 4:00 pm.