ST. MARY'S CITY, MD – The York College baseball squad earned a split in their Capital Athletic Conference opening doubleheader on Saturday afternoon in St. Mary's City, MD. The Seahawks won game one 15-3 before the Spartans bounced back to pick up a 4-3 win in the nightcap.
After the split, the Spartans are 4-5 overall and 1-1 in the league while the Seahawks stand at 8-4 overall and 3-2 in the conference.
In the game two win, the Spartans struck for three runs in the top of the second, seizing early control of the game. The Spartans loaded the bases with two outs and sophomore Andrew Hershey drilled a triple to deep right field, scoring all three runs to give York the early advantage.
The Seahawks reached Spartan starter Dan Gurganus for a pair of runs in the bottom of the third despite recording just one infield hit in the frame. Gurganus was hurt by an error, a pair of walks and a wild pitch which allowed the hosts to get two runs on just the one single.
The Seahawks got a single run back in the bottom of the seventh as Johnson doubled to left with two outs but he was left on second base as senior Brandon Ullom picked up the save.
Gurganus made those four runs stand up as the freshman picked up his first collegiate win to salvage the Saturday split for the Spartans. He tossed six innings, allowing two unearned runs on one hit with four strikeouts and six walks. Ullom struck out the first two batters he faced before giving up back to back hits. He retired the final batter on a ground ball to short, preserving the Spartans' first conference win of the season.
Wick Eisenberg suffered the loss for the Seahawks as he allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Eisenberg falls to 1-2 with the loss.
Offensively, Hershey paced the Spartans as he was 1-for-4 with the three RBI. His triple was the Spartans' only extra base hit of the game as five other Spartans had singles in the win.
Corey Napier went 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI while Johnson was 1-for-3 with an RBI.
In the opener, the Spartans jumped out on top early courtesy of a Steve Tretter RBI single in the top of the first. The Spartans could have had more but St. Mary's starter Mike Victory got a out of the inning leaving two Spartans stranded at first and third.
The Seahawks tallied two runs in the bottom of the second, taking the 2-1 lead. St. Mary's used two Spartan errors to push the lead ot 5-1 courtesy of a three-run third inning.
York cut their deficit to 5-3 with a Tretter RBI triple to right center and a Justin Cohen RBI single to center.
The Seahawks blew the game wide open in the fifth with seven runs. The Seahawks had seven hits and one Spartan error as the St. Mary's lead grew to 12-3. The hosts closed out the scoring with three more runs in the bottom of the sixth, providing for the final SMC margin of victory.
Victory earned the complete game win for the Seahawks. He allowed three runs on 11 hits with four strikeouts and two walks. Victory improves to 3-0 with the win.
Senior Tommy Moran allowed nine runs, eight earned, on 11 hits in his 4.1 innings of work. He struck out seven and walked one as he falls to 0-1. The three Spartan pitchers that followed Moran combined to allow six runs on six hits with three walks and two strikeouts in an inning and a third of work.
Six Seahawks had multiple hits in the game one win led by Napier as he was 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Nick Urso contributed two hits and three RBI.
The teams conclude the series on Sunday afternoon in St. Mary's City. Game time at the Hawk's Nest is scheduled for 1:00 pm.