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Moran Tosses Another Gem as Spartans Take Series Opener
YORK, PA – The York College baseball squad received another outstanding pitching effort and the Spartans took advantage of six Frostburg State errors as York notched a 5-1 Capital Athletic Conference win in the opening game of the three-game weekend series in York. The Spartans improve to 9-12 overall and 5-5 in the CAC while the Bobcats fall to 13-10 overall and 5-5 in the league.
The first significant threat in the game came in the bottom of the second inning. Junior Drew Frankenfield opened the frame with a sharp single down the right field line. After fouling out two hit and run full count pitches, freshman Derek Pitzer lined a single to right center. He advanced to second on a throwing error as the Spartans had runners at second and third with no outs. Junior Justin Cohen then walked to load the bases. What followed next totally changed the complexion of the inning. Spartan catcher Colbe Herr hit a looping line drive to shallow right. Frostburg second baseman Pat Sapp stabbed the ball at the top of his jump, recording the out but also preventing Frankenfield from scoring from third. Bobcat starter Doug Politz took care of the rest of the inning as he struck out the next two Spartans to end the uprising.
The Bobcats threatened in the top of the fifth as Shane Boyd led off with a single to right in the scoreless game. He then stole second but was cut down at third on an attempted sacrifice bunt. Spartan starter Tommy Moran got out of the inning with a strikeout and a fly out to extinguish the Bobcat rally.
York finally got on the board in the fifth in what turned out to be a very bizarre inning. Herr opened the frame with a single up the middle and Nic Long sacrificed him over to second. That's when it got a little crazy. Spartan shortstop Colin Porter singled off Politz as the ball hit the pitcher's foot and caromed to third. Frostburg third baseman Adam Summerfelt threw the ball away at first trying to nail Porter but his throw was off the mark, allowing Herr to come around and score while Porter moved to second. When first baseman Doug Anuszewski tried to get Herr at the plate, his throw went wide, allowing Porter to move all the way around to third. In all, the play featured one Spartan run, a pair of Frostburg errors and a York runner who should have been on first ending up on third.
York kept the inning going when Dustin Worthman then coaxed a walk before Jimmy King laid down a beautiful bunt single down the first base line, scoring Porter with the Spartans' second run of the game. After a wild pitched moved Worthman and King up 90 feet each, the Bobcats committed their third error of the inning, allowing Worthman to come home, giving the Spartans a 3-0 lead.
The Bobcats got on the board in the top of the sixth thanks to an unearned run. The Spartans answered with an RBI single off the bat of Long as they led 4-1 after six complete.
The Bobcats threatened in the seventh as they had a pair of runners stranded in what turned out to be their last good scoring chance in the game.
York closed out the scoring on the Bobcats' sixth error of the game in the bottom of the eighth.
Moran earned the win as he improves to 4-1 overall. He threw 7.1 innings, allowing one unearned run on seven hits with six strikeouts and no walks in an efficient 107 pitches. Senior KC Beshore came out of the pen to get the final two outs of the eight while senior closer Brandon Ullom finished off the Bobcats with a perfect ninth including two strikeouts.
Politz took the loss despite throwing well. He allowed four runs but just one earned run on eight hits in six innings. He struck out ten and walked two as he falls to 3-2 for the campaign. Tristen Beyer tossed the final two innings and allowed an unearned run on two hits during his stint for FSU.
King, Pitzer, and Porter each had two hits to lead the Spartan offense. King, Steve Tretter, and Long had the RBIs for the Spartans.
John Barrett led the Bobcats, as he was 2-for-3. Anuszewski finished the game 1-for-4 with FSU's lone RBI.
The two teams continue the series on Sunday with a pair of seven-inning games. First pitch for game one is scheduled for noon at Jaquet Field in York.