FREDERICKSBURG, VA – The York College Spartan baseball squad opened their final Capital Athletic Conference series of the year with a solid 7-4 victory at the University of Mary Washington on Friday afternoon in Fredericksburg, VA. The Spartans improve to 14-17 overall and 9-7 in the CAC while the Eagles fall to 11-16-1 and 4-12 in the conference.
The Eagles got on the board first, reaching Spartan starter Tyler Alexander for single runs in the first and third innings as York trailed 2-0 heading into the top of the fourth.
The York offense exploded in the top of the fourth as they put together an old fashioned big inning. The inning was aided by a pair of Mary Washington errors but York did capitalize on the Eagle mistakes. Justin Cohen started the scoring with an RBI double to right center. After one of the errors put Spartans at the corners, Nic Long plated Cohen with a ground ball to second that ended up being the second UMW error of the inning. After a fly out and a walk that loaded the bases, sophomore Colbe Herr delivered a pair of runners with a single to right. Dustin Worthman drove in the final run of the inning with a single to first base as the Spartans took a 5-2 lead.
That would be enough for Alexander and the Spartan pitching staff as he threw six strong innings to earn his first win of the year.
The Eagles drew to within 5-4 with a two-spot in the sixth but York pushed the lead right back to three with a two-run uprising of their own in the seventh.
Alexander allowed four runs, three earned, on eight hits with three strikeouts and one walk as he improves to 1-3 for the campaign. The Spartan bullpen was perfect in the final three innings. Senior KC Beshore tossed two perfect innings with one strikeout while fellow senior Brandon Ullom picked up his sixth save of the year as he worked a clean ninth frame.
Torey Mancari took the loss as he allowed seven runs, but just two earned, on seven hits with eight strikeouts and three walks in six innings. Jake Black threw two innings of scoreless relief as he allowed two hits with a walk and a strikeout.
Senior Steve Tretter again paced the Spartan offense, as he was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI. Cohen contributed two hits, a run and an RBI while Herr was 1-for-4 with two RBI. Worthman and Derek Pitzer each went 1-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI.
The Eagles had eight different players record a hit in the game. Santino Rosanova was 1-for-4 with two RBI while Brent Steffey and Shane Sixsmith each had a hit and an RBI.
The Spartans and Eagles conclude the series on Saturday with a pair of seven inning games. Game on is slated for a 1:00 pm start.
KC Beshore threw two perfect innings of relief on Friday. Photo courtesy of Scott Guise - Director of Athletic Communications