April 7, 2012

Baseball Splits with Salisbury as Gurganus Powers Game One Win

YORK, PA  - Freshman pitcher Dan Gurganus threw a game one gem as the Spartans split their Saturday Capital Athletic Conference doubleheader with fourth-ranked Salisbury at Jaquet Field in York. The Spartans won game one 9-2 before the Sea Gulls salvaged the split and the series win with a 4-2 victory in the nightcap.

The Sea Gulls are now 23-5 overall and 12-3 in the CAC while the Spartans currently stand tied for second place in the conference with a mark of 8-7 while their overall record is 12-16.

The Sea Gulls jumped on Gurganus for two in the top of the first in the opener but the freshman right-hander got tough, allowing his offense to get him back in the game.

The Spartans trimmed their early deficit in half in the second as Adam Bartholomew drove home Andrew Hershey with an RBI ground out as the Spartans trailed 2-1 after two.

After a quiet third inning, the Spartans struck for two runs in the fourth thanks to a two-run shot to deep right off the bat of Bartholomew. York pushed the lead to 7-2 with a huge four-run fifth inning. The Spartans strung together five hits in the inning for the four spot. Colin Porter had a big two-out, two-run single in the uprising.

York tacked on two more runs in the sixth as Justin Cohen bombed his team-leading sixth home run of the year, a two run shot to right.

Gurganus picked up his third win of the year as he went the distance allowing two runs on six hits in seven innings of work. He struck out three and walked three as he continues to pitch well for the Spartans.

Devin Gardner took the loss for the Sea Gulls as allowed five runs, three earned, on eight hits in four innings of work. He struck out three and did not walk a batter as he falls to 4-2 Sea Gull relievers Danny Druzgala and Bill Morton came each threw an inning and each allowed two runs.

Drew Frankenfield and Hershey each banged out three hits to pace the 13-hit Spartan attack. Frankenfield added a run scored and an RBI while Hershey dented the plate three times and drove in another. Bartholomew was 1-for-3 including his first career collegiate home run as he drove in a career-high three runs. Nic Long contributed two hits for the Spartans.

Bill Root led Salisbury offense, as he was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Chris Connor and Quinn Griffith each had an RBI for Salisbury.

In the nightcap, both team had chances in the top of the first. For Salisbury, Bennett stroked a two-out double to right center. Connor then hit a towering pop up by the plate. Bennett hustled around to reach the plate but Connor stood at home plate as the ball fell in fair territory. Spartan catcher Colbe Herr picked up the ball and easily threw out Connor at first, ending what could have been a scoring threat for the Gulls.

The Spartans loaded the bases in the bottom of the first but Sea Gull starter Brett Collacchi escaped damage with a fielder's choice.

Collacchi wouldn't be as lucky in the second as Long tripled to lead off the frame. After Porter walked, Long came around to score on a Herr sacrifice fly. Unfortunately for York, Porter got doubled off, as he couldn't get back to first before the throw from center.

Salisbury reached Spartan starter Tyler Alexander for a pair of runs on three hits in the third. Connor drove in the Sea Gulls first run with a single through the right side and Griffith singled up the middle to score Salisbury's second run of the frame.

York tied the game in the bottom of the third as Frankenfield double to center and scored on a Cohen RBI single to left center.

Salisbury recaptured the lead in the fourth as the Spartan defense handed the Sea Gulls an unearned run in the inning.

York got two runners on with one out in the fifth but reliever Jeff Hoffman got a fly out and a ground out to thwart the Spartan threat.

The Spartans had another chance in the sixth as Hershey singled to lead off the frame. Long sacrificed him to second followed by Porter drawing a walk to put Spartans at first and second with one out. Salisbury brought in closer Stephen Miller and the right-hander got a huge second out as Bartholomew popped out to short on the first pitch of his pinch-hitting appearance. Miller then got the final out of the inning and the Spartans would go quietly in the seventh.

Salisbury tacked on a single run in the seventh to close out the scoring.

Collacchi earned the win as he improves to 5-0. The right-hander tossed 4.1 innings, allowing two runs on six hits with two strikeouts and three walks. Miller earned the save as he tossed 1.2 shutout innings as he allowed one hit with three strikeouts.

Alexander pitched well for York as he tossed 5.1 innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on seven hits with three strikeouts and two walks. Alexander falls to 0-3 with the setback.

Salisbury got two hits and an RBI from Connor and Griffith while Ken O'Neill added two knocks and a run scored for the Gulls.

Senior Steve Tretter and Cohen each had two hits for the Green and White while Cohen and Herr had the Spartans' RBI in the loss.

York returns to action on Monday when they host Elizabethtown College in a non-conference contest. First pitch is set for 2:00 pm at Jaquet Field.