LA PLUME, PA – The York College baseball squad had their three-game win streak come to an end as the Keystone College Giants handed the Spartans a 7-3 non-conference setback on Wednesday in La Plume, PA. The Giants improve to 14-4 overall while the Spartans fall to 11-14 for the campaign.
The game was scoreless until the Giants struck for four runs on six hits in the third inning. The Spartans got two runners on base in the top of the fourth as they tried to answer but Keystone starter Mike Pembleton got out of the inning with a strikeout.
The Giants tacked on single runs in the fourth and sixth innings, increasing their lead to 6-0. The Spartans got on the board in the eighth as senior Steve Tretter doubled, stole third and scored on a Drew Frankenfield RBI single to short.
Keystone got that run right back in the eighth as the lead was 7-1. The Spartans notched a pair of runs in the top of the ninth courtesy of a two-run Jimmy King double to provide for the final score.
Pembleton was the first of five Keystone pitchers and he earned the win with four shutout innings of work. He struck out five and walked one as he improves to 1-0. Emmanuel Roman and Robert DePhillips followed Pembleton to the mound and each held the Spartan scoreless before the next two Giant hurlers combined to allow the three Spartan runs.
Freshman Josh Miller took the loss as he allowed four runs on seven hits in three innings. He falls to 1-1 with the setback. Three Spartans followed Miller to the mound as they each allowed a run in their appearances.
The Giants had 14 hits in the game led by Chris Bzozowski as he was 3-for-4 including a home run. Austin Straub, Miquel Castano, and Brian Del Rosso each added two hits to the Keystone offense.
Tretter paced the Spartan nine with three hits and a run scored. Two of his three hits were doubles as he now has a team-leading 12 two-baggers for the season. King added two hits and a pair of RBI for the Green and White.
The Spartans stranded nine in the loss.
York returns to action on Friday afternoon when they face Salisbury University to start a Capital Athletic Conference three-game series. The contest on Friday is set for a 3:30 pm first pitch followed by a Saturday doubleheader which starts at noon.