DOVER, DEL - The York College baseball team captured a split and a Capital Athletic Conference series win at Wesley College in Dover, Delaware on Saturday. The Spartans won game one 9-8 before the Wolverines salvaged the Saturday split with a 10-9, nine inning win in the nightcap.
The Spartans now stand at 7-12 overall and 4-5 in the CAC while the Wolverines are 14-7 overall and 4-5 in the conference.
In the opener, the Spartans jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second courtesy of some shoddy Wolverine defense. The three Spartan runs came on one hit, two errors, a walk, and a hit by pitch.
The Green and White extended their lead to 6-0 in the top of the third as Justin Cohen stroked his second three-run homer in as many games. Unfortunately for York, the lead would be very short-lived. The Wolverines tallied three runs in the bottom of the third followed by a four-run bottom of the fourth as Wesley led 7-6 with three innings remaining in the game.
Both teams struck for single runs in the fifth, keeping the Wolverine lead at one.
The Spartans got something going in the top of the sixth as Dustin Worthman walked, moved to second on a Jimmy King singled and scored on a Wolverine error. King came around to score one batter later as Steve Tretter drove in the Spartans' game winner with a single. The Spartans could have gotten more but Wesley pitcher Andrew Cooper stranded Spartans at second and third.
The Wolverines had a chance in the sixth but senior Brandon Ullom came on in relief of Josh Miller and got the final out of the frame to preserve the York lead. Ullom then got a strikeout and two ground outs in the seventh to earn his third save of the year.
Miller earned the win as he allowed four runs, two earned, on four hits in 2.2 innings of relief work. Dan Gurganus started and allowed four runs in three innings. He surrendered six hits with two strikeouts in 47 pitches. Ullom tossed 1.1 innings for the save.
Cooper suffered the loss for the Wolverines as he allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits with a walk and a strikeout in the sixth inning. Jordan Lozzi started for Wesley and allowed seven runs, six earned, on five hits with four walks and five strikeouts in five innings.
Cohen led the Spartans with two hits and three RBI including his team-leading fourth home run of the year. Tretter and Colin Porter each contributed two hits to the Spartan offense.
Rob Benedict led Wesley with three hits, a run scored, and an RBI. Designated hitter Greg McKee added two hits, a run scored and an RBI.
In game two, the Wolverines jumped on Spartan starter Joey Couch early. Wesley scored two in the first and three in the second to seize the 5-0 lead.
York got on the board in the third courtesy of a Jimmy King sacrifice fly. The Spartans then fashioned a three run fifth inning, cutting the Wolverine lead to 5-4.
The Green and White tied the game at five one inning later as Drew Frankenfield had a sacrifice fly to center. The Wolverines answered York's offense with a three-run bottom of the fifth as the Wesley advantage stood at 8-5 heading to the top of the seventh.
The Spartans did not go quietly in the seventh. After back-to-back walks to Frankenfield and Derek Pitzer, Cohen scored Frankenfield with an RBI double. Colbe Herr followed Cohen with a double of his own, scoring Pitzer and Cohen as the Spartans tied the game at eight. After Herr was sacrificed to third, the Spartans' catcher stole home to give the Green and White a 9-8 lead.
York was one out away from a series sweep but McKee had a two-out RBI single to score Geoff Kimmel who led off the seventh with a single.
The Spartans went quietly in the eighth and were lucky to get to the ninth, as they had to throw out Benedict at the plate in the bottom of the eighth to preserve the tie.
York left two runners stranded in the ninth, as they couldn't break the tie. The Wolverines would take advantage of their ninth inning chance as Kimmel singled to open the inning. Spartan reliever Josh Kohn then walked Morgan Rupp to put Wolverines at first and second. The Wolverines then tried to sacrifice but the Spartans committed an error on the play, allowing Kimmel to come home and end the game on the miscue. The last two Spartan losses have come in walk-off fashion.
Mark Mattern earned the win in relief as he threw two shutout innings for Wesley. He allowed one hit with two walks as he improves to 1-1. Zach Stuart started for Wesley and he allowed five runs, four earned, on six hits, three walks and two strikeouts in five innings of action. Rich Lober also threw two innings for the Wolverines as he allowed four runs on two hits, three walks and a trio of strikeouts.
Kohn suffered the loss as he allowed one run on a hit and a walk. He falls to 1-2 with the setback. Couch got a no decision after allowing eight runs on eight hits in 4.1 innings of action. Mike Sarecky came out of the pen and performed well for York. Sarecky allowed one run on five hits in 3.2 innings of action. He struck out one during his outing.
Kimmel paced Wesley as he was 4-for-5 with three runs scored and an RBI. Sam Farnell, Bryan Reshetar and McKee each contributed two hits and two RBI to the 14-hit Wesley attack.
Herr had a big game for the Spartans, as he was 2-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored. Herr was the only Spartan with multiple hits in the game.
The Spartans return to action on Wednesday when they host Messiah College in a non-conference contest. Game time is set for 3:30 pm at Jaquet Field.