ASHLAND, VA – The York College baseball team remained red hot with its fifth straight win as they downed Randolph-Macon 7-5 in eight innings in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader on Saturday in Ashland, VA. The second game of the twin bill was rained out as heavy precipitation inundated the east Virginia region.
The Spartans improve to 22-19 overall while the Yellow Jackets end their season with a mark of 20-19-1.
The Jackets jumped on Spartan starter Dan Gurganus for a run in the first and two in the third to take the early 3-0 lead. A pair of Spartan errors led to two of the three runs being unearned.
The Spartans finally got on the scoreboard in the sixth as Colbe Herr singled to left center and moved to second when Dustin Worthman singled to put Spartans at first and second. Senior Steve Tretter then singled home Herr as Worthman moved to third, cutting the Randolph-Macon lead to 3-1. Drew Frankenfield plated Worthman with an RBI ground out to give York its second run of the inning.
York tied the game in the top of the seventh courtesy of a Herr two-out RBI single, knotting the game at three as the Spartans were down to their last out.
The Spartans exploded in extra innings as they banged out five hits to plate four runs as York took a 7-3 lead. Nic Long and Colin Porter each had two run singles to account for the Spartan scoring in the inning.
York was shaky defensively in the bottom of the eighth as the Yellow Jackets got a pair of unearned runs off Spartan closer Brandon Ullom before the Green and White closed out the victory.
Ullom earned the win in relief as he allowed a pair of unearned runs on three hits in two innings of work. He improves to 1-1 with the win. Gurganus started and allowed three runs, one earned, on five hits with three walks and one strikeout in four innings of action. Junior Dan McNamara tossed two scoreless innings as he scattered three hits with one walk.
Ryan Wood suffered the loss for the Yellow Jackets as he allowed five runs on seven hits in just two innings. He falls to 2-2 with the loss. Jamie Hendrick got a no-decision as he allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits with a strikeout and a walk in six innings.
Tretter led the offense with three hits, a run scored and an RBI. Freshman designated hitter Derek Pitzer and Herr each had two hits for York. Herr contributed an RBI and a run scored while Long and Porter each plated a pair for York.
Jeb Weymouth banged out a game-high four hits and an RBI to pace the Jacket offense. Brian Jordan, Jake Fletcher, and Jordan Walton each added two hits to the Randolph-Macon offense. The top four hitters in the RMC offense went a combined 10-for-15 with five runs scored and two RBI. The remaining five hitters went just 1-for-17 combined in the loss.
Game two never got started as the rains brought the tarp on the field and the game was cancelled.
The Spartans will close out 2012 on Sunday afternoon when they host Franklin & Marshall in the season finale. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 pm at Jaquet Field.