LAGRANGE, GA – The York College baseball squad finished their stay at the Emory University Rawlings Southern Classic in Atlanta, Georgia this weekend with a split on Sunday afternoon. The Spartans defeated Rhodes College 10-8 before falling to LaGrange 3-2 in the nightcap.
The Spartans concluded the tournament with a mark of 2-2.
The Spartans fashioned a big inning in the third, scoring six runs on six hits to open up a 7-0 lead. Junior Justin Cohen plated the first run with an RBI double to right center. Sophomore Colbe Herr drove in a pair with a two-run single to left center. After the Spartans loaded the bases, Nic Long singled to right while Colin Porter also came around to score on the play courtesy of a LaGrange error. The final run of the uprising came on a Sean McCann RBI single through the right side.
York pushed the lead to 8-0 on a Porter RBI single with two outs in the top of the sixth.
That would be enough for senior starter Tommy Moran as he was outstanding in the first five innings of his outing.
The Lynx finally reached a tiring Moran in the sixth but the Spartans aided the uprising with a key error in the frame. Rhodes struck for four runs, with just one being earned, as the Lynx trimmed York's lead to 8-4.
Both teams scored two runs in the seventh inning. York's runs came on a Tretter RBI double and a Cohen RBI single to left, scoring Tretter as the York lead grew to 10-4.
Patrick Kilkenny got those two runs back for the Lynx as he plated two with a two-out, two-run single.
Rhodes got single runs in the bottom of the eighth and bottom of the ninth but Brandon Ullom closed out the game for his first save of the year.
Moran tossed six innings, allowing four runs (one earned) on six hits with five strikeouts and one walk as he improves to 1-0.
James Simpson took the loss as he allowed seven runs, six earned, on five hits with four walks and one strikeout in 2.1 innings of work.
Cohen led the Spartan offense as he was 3-for-6 with two RBI and two runs scored. Tretter and Long each added two hits and an RBI while Tretter scored three runs and Long touched the plate once.
Lynden Pindling led the Lynx with three hits and two runs scored while Kilkenny was 2-for-5 with three RBI and one run scored.
In the LaGrange game, it was a tight pitcher's dual from the start. The Panthers reached Spartan starter Dan Gurganus for an RBI infield single, opening the scoring in the bottom of the second.
It took a little bit for the Spartan offense to get untracked as York did not get a hit until the third. The Spartans finally got on the board in the fifth as freshman Adam Bartholomew banged an RBI single to right, scoring Jimmy King with York's first run. Bartholomew came around to score on a Tretter RBI single up the middle. The Spartans left two runners stranded, as they couldn't do any more damage.
The Panthers tied the game in the seventh with an unearned run off reliever Josh Kohn. LaGrange tallied the go-ahead run in the eighth on a sacrifice fly after Kohn walked the first two batters of the inning. The damage could have been worse but Ullom came in to get a strikeout to end the inning with runners left at second and third base.
Gurganus got a no decision despite a very strong start. The freshman allowed one run on five hits with four strikeouts and four walks in his 5.2 innings of work. Kohn absorbed the loss as he allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits with two strikeouts and four walks in his 1.2 innings of action. Ullom threw two-thirds of an inning and got a strikeout.
Thomas Embry picked up the win in relief as he threw two shutout innings, recording four strikeouts and one walk. Kenneth Strack made the start and allowed two runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts and two walks in the no decision.
David Miller and Cameron Eison each had two hits and an RBI for the Panthers.
Senior Dustin Worthman led the Spartans with three hits while Bartholomew was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.
The Spartans conclude their 2012 southern trip with a game at Southern Virginia on Tuesday afternoon at noon.