March 17, 2013

Wenzel's Great Outing Wasted as Spartans Fall at Salisbury

SALISBURY, MD – The sixth ranked Salisbury University Sea Gull baseball team completed a weekend sweep of York College with a tight 2-1 decision in a Capital Athletic Conference contest on Sunday afternoon in Salisbury, Md.

The Sea Gulls improve to 13-2 overall and 3-0 in the CAC while the Spartans fall to 5-7 overall and 0-3 in the league.

The Spartan loss was not without a highlight as junior left-hander Brad Wenzel (Blandon, Pa./Fleetwood Area) was outstanding on the mound for the Spartans, keeping York in the game all the way.

York threatened early as Dustin Worthman (Tabernacle, N.J./Seneca) singled to open the first. He moved to third on Colbe Herr's (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) one-out single to right. Salisbury starter Dylan Anderson then induced an inning ending double play to keep York off the board.

The Sea Gulls opened the scoring in the third as Evan Graci lofted a sacrifice fly to right , scoring Nick Gentry who walked, stole second and moved to third on a single before scoring.

The Spartans tied the game in the fifth as Worthman reached on a fielder's choice, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on an Andrew Hershey (Lancaster, Pa./Penn Manor) RBI single to center.

The Sea Gulls' winning rally came in the eighth and started on a Bill Root bunt single. Root was sacrificed to second and came around to score on a crucial two-out Spartan error that should have ended the inning without any damage. The defensive lapse was the Spartans' eighth error of the three game set and allowed the 23rd unearned run of the year to cross the plate against the Green and White.

The Spartans got the tying run on with two outs as Derek Pitzer (York, Pa./Dallastown) drew a walk but he was erased on a fielder's choice to end the game.

Wenzel suffered the hard-luck complete game loss as he allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits with eight strikeouts and six walks. He falls to 1-1 with the loss.

Dan Fein earned the win in relief as he shut down the Spartans over the final five innings of the game. Fein allowed just one hit with one walk and eight strikeouts to improve to 4-0. Anderson started and allowed a run on five hits with two walks and a strikeout in four-plus innings of work.

All 10 hits in the games were singles as both pitching staffs handcuffed the offenses. Salisbury got singles from Root, Quinn Griffith, Kyle Hayman, and Bobby Sanzone with Graci having the Gulls' only RBI.

Herr led York with two hits while Hershey, Worthman, Justin Cohen (Severn, Md./Old Mill), and Colin Porter (Hanover, Pa./South Western) picked up the other hits for York.

The Spartans are scheduled to return to action on Wednesday afternoon when they travel to Messiah College for a non-conference action. The Spartans were slated to host Kean on Monday but that game has already been postponed due to the impending inclement weather scheduled to hit York on Monday morning.

Brad Wenzel photo courtesy of Bob King