April 1, 2012

Porter Notches Two Game Winning Hits to Power Spartan Sweep of FSU

YORK, PA – The York College baseball team won a pair of games Saturday in two very distinct and different ways as the Spartans won a pitchers dual and then a slugfest to complete a Capital Athletic Conference sweep of Frostburg State on Sunday in York.

The Spartans won game one 1-0 before posting a 10-9 come-from-behind victory in nine innings in the nightcap. The Spartans sweep their first CAC series of the year as they have won three straight and six of their last eight as they improve to 11-13 overall and 7-5 in the conference. The Bobcats, losers of four straight, fall to 13-12 overall and 5-7 in the league with the two losses.

The Spartans received a brilliant pair of pitching performances in game one as freshman Dan Gurganus combined with senior Brandon Ullom to throw a two-hit shutout at the Bobcats. Gurganus tossed six innings, allowing just two hits while he struck out seven and walked two on a very efficient 79 pitches. He improves to 2-1 with the win. Ullom recorded the save with a perfect seventh inning of work. The save is Ullom's fifth of the year.

Offense would be at a premium in game one as Frostburg starter Zach O'Dell was matching Gurganus pitch for pitch through most of the game. The Spartans had a golden chance in the second as Derek Pitzer drew a walk off O'Dell. The walk by O'Dell is rare as that was just his fourth free pass in 36 innings of work to that point. Junior Justin Cohen ripped a double down the right field line to send Pitzer towards the plate. Pitzer stumbled midway between third and home allowing right fielder Matt Donaldson to throw Pitzer out at home, keeping the game scoreless.

Frostburg had their best chance to score in the fifth as Adam Baxley walked with two outs in the inning. JK Filauro then singled to third base as the ball caromed off a diving Cohen to Spartan shortstop Colin Porter who threw to Dustin Worthman covering second but the throw was not in time. Gurganus got a pop up to end the inning, preserving the shutout.

York got their run in the bottom of the fifth as Cohen reached on a throwing error to start the inning. After O'Dell got a strikeout and a ground out, Porter dumped a single into centerfield, allowing Cohen to come around from second to score the game's lone tally.

Gurganus ended his outing strong with two strikeouts in the sixth as the freshman put together his best performance of the year. Ullom was outstanding in the seventh, getting a fly out, a strikeout and a weak ground out to third.

O'Dell suffered the hard luck loss as he allowed an unearned run on five hits in his six innings of work. He struck out four and walked one as he falls to 4-2.

Five Spartans registered hits in the game with Drew Frankenfield and Cohen each having a double. Porter picked up the lone RBI while Cohen scored the only run.

Pat Sapp had one of the two Bobcat hits with his second inning double while Filauro had a fifth inning infield single.

In game two, the Bobcats jumped on Spartan starter Joey Couch for a single run in the first and two more in the third as they seized an early 3-0 lead.

York got on the board in the third as Long walked and moved to second on a Porter single through the left side of the infield. After a pair of outs, Steve Tretter singled to center, scoring Long with York's first run of the game.

The Bobcats got that run back in the next half inning as they had two hits, a hit batter and a walk. The damage could have been worse for the Spartans as Frostburg left the bases loaded in the frame.

York had a golden opportunity for a big inning in the fourth as Pitzer got hit by a pitch to open the frame. Cohen then ripped a double to deep right, putting Spartans at second and third with no outs. Catcher Colbe Herr plated Pitzer with an RBI ground out but Frostburg starter Tico Mendoza got a shallow fly out and a pop out to short to extricate himself from the jam and keep the Spartans in check.

The Bobcats had a huge fifth inning as they hit York with a four spot that featured some shaking Spartan pitching. The Bobcats got their four runs on just one hit with four walks and a hit batter as they took a 8-2 lead to the bottom of the inning.

York got three of those runs right back in the bottom of the fifth. Worthman started the rally with a sharp single to center. Jimmy King walked to put runners at first and second. Tretter then launched a shot to deep left center. The runners had to hold up because it appeared that FSU left fielder John Barrett may have a chance to make the play. That forced Worthman to hold up but King kept on going as the Spartans had a log jam on the bases. Fortunately for York, Frostburg threw behind King, allowing Worthman to score from third. After a ground out, Pitzer singled in Long to cut the Spartan deficit to 8-4. Cohen added a sacrifice fly in the inning to draw York to within one through five innings of play.

After reliever Josh Miller retired the Bobcats in the sixth, the Green and White put together one of their most impressive innings of the year. The Spartans scored four runs on three hits to take a 9-8 lead. King had the inning's first RBI with a fielder's choice Long who had walked to lead off the inning. Tretter scored the second run of the inning with a single to right The Spartans then loaded the bases when Pitzer walked. Cohen promptly unloaded the bases with a double down the right field line, scoring two before Pitzer got gunned out at the plate on the play, ending the inning as York took a 9-8 lead.

Ullom came on to close out the game in the top of the seventh but a one out double followed by a two-out error allowed the Bobcats to tie the game at nine.

York went quietly in the seventh followed by an uneventful eighth inning. Things did get interesting in the top of the ninth. Torian Cyrus led off the inning with a single up the middle. Shane Boyd then laid down a sacrifice bunt but the Spartans failed to cover first as it went for a bunt hit. The Bobcats, in an obvious bunt situation, asked Barrett to bunt but he popped it up, giving the Spartans a huge out. Reliever Dan McNamara finished out the inning with a huge strikeout and a ground out back to the mound as the Spartans got their chance to win the game in the ninth.

Pitzer again started the uprising for York as he walked to open the frame. Freshman JJ Oleniacz pinch ran for Pitzer and moved to second on a nicely placed Sean McCann sacrifice bunt. He then moved to third when reliever AJ Rosenthal airmailed catcher as he tried to intentionally walked Herr. Rosenthal walked both Herr and Long intentionally to load the bases with one out. Porter then stepped to the plate and atoned for his seventh inning error with a line drive down the left field line, scoring Oleniacz with the game-winning run.

McNamara was the sixth Spartan pitcher to see action in the game and he picked up the win with two innings of scoreless relief. He allowed two hits with one strikeout as he improves to 1-0. Rosenthal took the loss as he allowed three runs, on four hits in 3.1 innings of action. He struck out two and walked four while he also issued two intentional walks.

Tretter and Porter led the Spartans with three hits each. Tretter added two runs scored and two RBI while Porter drove in the game winner in addition to scoring another. Cohen had another good game with two hits and three RBI in the win.

Cyrus and Sapp paced the 12-hit Bobcat offense with three hits each. Cyrus was 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored while Sapp was 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored. Barrett added two hits, two RBI and a run scored for FSU.

The Bobcats left 14 runners stranded in the loss.

York returns to action on Wednesday when they travel to Keystone to face the Giants in a non-conference contest. Game time is slated for 3:30 pm.

Dan Gurganus photo by Scott Guise - Director of Athletic Communications