April 29, 2012

Spartan Baseball Sends Seniors Out in Style

YORK, PA – The York College baseball took on the visiting Mighty Macs of Immaculata University for the Spartans' 2012 Senior Day. The Spartans earned the sweep on a sun-splashed Sunday, winning the opener 9-0 and completing the sweep with 10-1 win in the second.

In game one, the Spartans start out strong in the bottom of the first inning with freshman Derek Pitzer contributes to the Spartans scoring with a shapr single to center field that drove in Andrew Hershey and Steve Tretter, giving the Spartans the early advantage.

The Green and White kept rolling in the fourth inning when Nic Long walked. Senior Sean McCann advanced Long two third with a single to right field. Long then scores from third from a sacrifice fly to left field by catcher Adam Bartholomew. The Spartans continue their dominance in the fifth with six runs attributed from key hits from Pitzer, Justin Cohen, and Hershey.

The Spartans pitching was in peak form near the ending of the 2012 season. Freshman Dan Gurganus twirled a two-hit shutout as the right-hander picked up his fifth win of the year. He struck out nine and walked just one in his dominating performance.

Mighty Macs starter Alex Kobylinski pitched six innings, gave up 11 hits, nine runs, tw walks, and four strikeouts. The loss dropped Kobylinski to 2-2 for the campaign.

The Green and White also had an outstanding offensive performance today in the opening game.  Pitzer went 3-4 with three RBI in the game while Cohen also went 3-4 as he had one RBI.

The Spartans begin their second game the same way began the last. Aaron Dietrich had a rough start to the second game for the Mighty Macs. Junior Dustin Worthman started off the productive first inning with a single. After Worthman was thrown out stealing on a blow call at second, Dietrich walked the bases loaded to set up a big Spartan inning. Pitzer singled to bring in one and Long followed with a two run double to give York the early 3-0 lead.

Immaculata had their first chance at scoring some runs against the Spartans in the top of the third when KC Beshore walked three batters to load bases. With great Green and White defense and clutch pitching by Beshore the Spartans were able to escape with no runs.

York took to the bats in the bottom of the third and picked up where they left off in the first inning. It all started with two singles by Cohen and Pitzer. Long then had a well placed bunt toward first base which advanced the runners. Hershey had a sacrifice fly to left field to score Cohen. The Green and White continued their hot bats with a double from Colin Porter and single from Tretter. The lead grew to 7-0 with the four-run outburst.

The Mighty Macs score their first run of the day with a error and a fielder choice by the Spartans. The Green and White get out of the inning with holding Immaculata to just one unearned run.

The Spartans continue their offensive power with scoring a combined three runs in the final three innings of play. 

The Spartans had a solid performance offensively and defensively in today's second match up. Beshore earned the win with 4.2 innings of one hit work. He allowed one unearned run as he struck out two. Beshore improves to 2-2 for the campaign. Freshman David McGee threw 1.1 innings of perfect relief while senior Brandon Ullom pitched a quiet seventh inning including registering a pair of strikeouts. The appearance for Ullom broke the Spartan school record for appearances as he has now pitched in 64 games for his Spartan career.

Offensively, the Green and White had 14 hits, 10 runs, one stolen base, and four walks. Worthman and Cohen paced the Spartan game two offense. Worthman was 3-for-3 with an RBI while Cohen went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBI. Long added two hits, two RBI and a run scored while Pitzer also had a pair of knocks for the Green and White.

The Spartans improve 20-19 overall as they have won three straight. York returns to action on Tuesday afternoon when they travel to Gettysburg for a non-conference contest. Game time is set for 3:30 pm.

Story written by Aaron Frischkorn - Atheltic Communication Practicum Student

Senior photo courtesy of David Sinclair - www.images.davidsinclair.org

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