MONTCLAIR, N.J. – York College senior ace Tommy Moran tossed eight strong innings to lead the Spartan baseball squad to a 6-4 non-conference victory at Montclair State University on Tuesday afternoon. The Spartans improve to 18-19 overall while the Red Hawks had their five-game win streak snapped as Montclair fall to 23-12.
The Spartans opened the scoring in the top of the first as they plated a trio of runs. The big blow in the inning came on a Nic Long two-out, two-run double down the left field line.
MSU answered with a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the first. The hosts then tacked on a third unearned tally of the game, knotting the game at three.
The Red Hawks captured the lead in the fifth on a Cody Pace solo home run with one out in the inning.
York tied the game in the top of the sixth as Drew Frankenfield doubled to left center, moved to third on a single by Justin Cohen and eventually scored on a wild pitch. The Spartans stranded Cohen at second base as reliever Jake Campbell got the final two outs of the frame to limit the damage.
The Spartans fashioned the game-winning rally in the eighth as Frankenfield started off the uprising by reaching on an MSU error. He advanced to second on the error and then to third on a Cohen double to right. Freshman Derek Pitzer plated Frankenfield with an RBI ground out to second. York would be unable to score Cohen from third with just one out as he was stranded 90 feet from home.
The Green and White got that insurance run in the ninth as Colbe Herr and Dustin Worthman had back-to-back singles with one out in the inning. Herr advanced to third on Worthman's single and scored when Steve Tretter squeezed home the run, giving York the two-run cushion.
Senior closer Brandon Ullom made the lead stand up with a nearly perfect ninth inning as one Red Hawk reached base via an error. The save was Ullom's ninth of the year as he continues to close in on Ed Meister's single-season record of 11.
Moran earned the win as he improves to 6-2. He allowed four runs, but just one earned, on eight hits with four strikeouts and one walk. He threw 120 pitches in the victory. Pat Golden took the loss as he was the fourth of five Montclair pitchers for the day. Golden allowed an unearned run on one hit in his 1.1 innings of work. Starter Sean Hills allowed three runs on four hits in his two inning stint.
Cohen and Frankenfield paced the Spartan offense with two hits each. Frankenfield dented the plate three times while Cohen scored one run for York. Pitzer and Long each had a pair of RBI while Tretter had the other run batted in.
Stephen Nappe led Montclair as he was 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Pace added two hits including his first home run of the year.
The Spartans return to action on Sunday for a non-conference double header against Immaculata College. Game one is slated for a 1:00 pm start in York.