YORK, PA – The York College baseball squad dropped their 2012 home opener, falling to Johns Hopkins University 8-5 in a non-conference contest on Wednesday in York. The Spartans fall to 3-4 with the loss while the Blue Jays improve to 2-2-1 overall.
The Blue Jays opened the scoring with a pair of runs in the top of the first. It could have been a bigger inning for Johns Hopkins but Sean McCann turned a fine double play on a shot off the bat of Hopkins catcher Aaron Borenstein. Jeff Lynch and Mike Musary each had RBI singles in the inning for the Blue Jays as they took the early lead.
Hopkins pushed the lead to 3-0 in the top of the second as Kyle Neverman had an RBI ground out to short. That run was aided by a Tyler Alexander wild pitch that pushed two Blue Jay runners up one base each.
York finally broke through against Hopkins starter Kevin Gillen in the bottom of the fourth. Drew Frankenfield started off the frame with a single up the middle. Sophomore Colbe Herr then laced a double just inside the left field line, putting Spartans at second and third. After Colin Porter flied out to shallow right on the first pitch of the at-bat and Jimmy King walked to load the bases, Nic Long stroked a single to left center, scoring Frankenfield and Herr for York's first two runs.
The Spartans tied the game two batters later as Dustin Worthman singled back up the middle, scoring King with the game-tying run. The Spartans left the bases loaded as Gillen got a foul out to first to end the threat.
The Blue Jays wasted little time in regaining the lead as Neverman singled with one out, moved to second on a Mike Kanen single and then to third on a walk. Neverman scored on a Lynch sacrifice fly to center as the Blue Jays took a 4-3 lead.
Hopkins reliever Lucas Henneman relived Gillen and made life tough on the Spartan hitters in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings as he retired six in a row while facing just the minimum of nine hitters over those three innings.
While Henneman was stifling the Spartans, the Blue Jay offense got three runs in the top of the seventh, pushing their lead to 7-3. Lynch had the big blow in the inning with his two-run double down the left field line. Pinch hitter Mike Delinger then scored the third run of the inning courtesy of a sacrifice fly.
The Spartans finally got to a tiring Henneman in the eighth. After a fly out, Herr got hit by a pitch to start the Spartan uprising. Porter doubled to deep center to put Spartans at second and third. King singled up the middle to score Herr with York's fourth run of the game. Porter eventually came around to score on a passed ball as the Spartans trimmed their deficit to 7-5. York stranded two runners in the inning as Aaron Schwartz came out of the Blue Jay pen to get the final out of the inning.
Hopkins tacked on an insurance run in the ninth to provide for the final three-run margin.
York's Steve Tretter got hit by a pitch to start the ninth but York would be unable to push him past first as the Spartans dropped their second straight.
Heneman earned the win out of the bullpen for JHU. He tossed 3.1 innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits with two strikeouts. He improves to 1-0 with the victory. Schwartz picked up the save as he threw 1.1 perfect innings with two strikeouts and 20 pitches.
Alexander suffered the loss as he threw five innings, allowing four runs on seven hits with three walks and a strikeout. He falls to 0-1 for the year. Dan Gurganus threw a solid inning of relief for York in the sixth. Andrew Tucci threw the seventh and allowed three runs on three hits in 27 pitches. Senior Tommy Moran was perfect in the seventh as he struck out one in his inning of work. Freshman David McGee allowed a run on two hits and a walk in his third of an inning of work in the ninth. Junior Dan McNamara closed out the game for the Spartans as he got the final two outs of the ninth.
The top of the order did all of the damage for the Blue Jays. Neverman, Kanen and Lynch, the one, two and four hitters for Hopkins, went a combined 9-for-13 with five RBI and six runs scored. Lynch drove in four while Kanen dented the plate three times.
Worthman led the Spartan offense as he was 3-for-4 with an RBI for York. Long was 1-for-3 with two RBI while Herr was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
The Spartans return to action on Saturday when they begin a three-game series with St. Mary's College in York's Capital Athletic Conference opener. The Spartans and Seahawks play a double-header on Saturday at noon before playing a single game on Sunday.
Photo courtesy of Theresa Dark - Athletic Communications Student Photographer