March 20, 2012

Alexander and Spartans Fall Late at Rowan

GLASSBORO, NJ – The York College baseball team threw a scare into #15 Rowan University as the Profs needed two runs in the bottom of the ninth to post a come-from-behind 4-3 non-conference win over the Spartans on Tuesday.

The Profs improve to 11-3 overall while the Spartans fall to 5-11.

York opened the scoring in the second as freshman Derek Pitzer singled to open the frame. Junior Justin Cohen followed with a single of his own as the Spartans had something cooking. Sophomore Colbe Herr then loaded the bases with a bunt single. Sophomore Colin Porter scored Pitzer with a sacrifice fly to center, giving York a 1-0 lead. The Spartans quickly reloaded the bases as Nic Long drew a walk. Senior Dustin Worthman then banged into a fielder's choice as Cohen was cut down at the plate. However, Herr scored on the same play as catcher Nick Turano made an error on the play, allowing Herr to scamper home from third. Prof starter Andrew Lysy got out of the inning by getting a fly out to left.

The Profs got one run back in the bottom of the second as they reached Spartan starter Tyler Alexander for a sacrifice fly from left fielder Eric Perez.

York got that run back in the fourth as Herr reached on an error and moved to second on the play. Porter sacrificed Herr to third and the Spartans' catcher came home on a Long RBI single to left as the Spartans pushed the lead to 3-1.

Rowan got an unearned run of their own courtesy of a Danny Lang RBI double to left centerfield as the Profs trimmed their deficit to 3-2.

The Spartans had chances in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings as they stranded a pair of runners in each frame. The Green and White stranded 12 runners in the game.

That set the stage for the Profs to win it in the ninth. The inning began with a walk and a bunt single as Rowan applied pressure early in the inning. After a sacrifice bunt moved runners to second and third, the Spartans intentionally walked pinch hitter Kevin McMenamin to load the bases. Lead-off hitter Marc Magliaro tied the game with an RBI single through the right side of the infield. The game ended one batter later as pinch hitter C.J. Szymaczak singled to cap the Rowan rally.

Ryan Peterson earned the win for the Profs as he was the fourth and final Rowan pitcher to toe the rubber on the day. He went two scoreless innings, allowing two hits with a walk and a strikeout. He improves to 2-1 with the win. Lysy went 5.2 innings in the start as he allowed three runs, just one earned, on seven hits with three strikeouts and one walk.

Senior KC Beshore suffered the loss as he allowed two runs on three hits in 2.1 innings of action. He struck out one and walked three as he falls to 0-2. Alexander deserved a better fate than a no-decision as he was stellar in six innings. He allowed two runs, one earned, on just four hits but most importantly, walked just one during his stint.

The Profs had just seven hits in the game and were led by Casey Grimes as he went 2-for-3 with a run scored. Magliaro, Lang, and Szymczak each had a hit and an RBI for Rowan.

Pitzer paced the Spartans as he banged out three hits for the Green and White. He added a run scored while Herr was 1-for-3 with two runs scored. Long added two hits and an RBI to the 10-hit Spartan attack.

The Spartans return to action on Saturday as they open up a three-game Capital Athletic Conference series at Wesley College. Saturday's series opening double header is set for a 1:00 pm start.

Tyler Alexander photo courtesy of Scott Guise - Director of Athletic Communications