WINCHESTER, VA – The York College Spartan baseball team dropped an 8-4 non-conference loss to #12 Shenandoah University on a cool Monday afternoon in Winchester, VA. The Hornets improve to 16-6 overall while the Spartans fall to 9-12.
The Hornets opened up the scoring in the bottom of the first as the Green and White committed a pair of errors to aid in the four-run Shenandoah inning.
York trimmed their deficit in half with a pair of runs in the top of the second. The Spartans opened the inning with back-to-back hit batters. A failed pick off attempt left Spartans at second and third with no outs. Derek Pitzer (York, Pa./Dallastown) plated York's first run with an RBI single to right. Russ Patti (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) then knocked in York's second run with an infield single. The Spartans looked poised to tie the game but a strikeout and a double play killed York's momentum.
The Hornets struck for two more runs in the bottom of the second as another Spartan error played a key role in the uprising.
Shenandoah pushed the lead to 8-3 with single runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
York picked up their final run of the game in the seventh when Adam Bartholomew (Haddonfield, N.J./Bishop Eustace) singled, reached second on wild pitch then scored on a Hershey single through the left side of the infield.
Erick Liskey picked up the win in relief as he tossed the final eight innings of the game after relieving starter Billy Arens in the top of the second. Liskey allowed two runs on seven hits with two strikeouts and no walks. He improves to 1-0 with the win.
York's Tyler Alexander (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) suffered the loss as he allowed eight runs, four earned, on eight hits with 5.1 innings of work. He struck out four and walked one as he falls to 1-2. Andrew Tucci (Birdsboro, Pa./Daniel Boone) strong out of the pen as he tossed 2.2 innings, allowing just a hit and a walk during his stint.
Michael Paul led the Hornets with two hits and two RBI. J.J. McDaniel added a hit, two RBI and two runs scored for Shenandoah. The Hornets finished the game with nine hits in the win.
Hershey and Pitzer each had two hits to lead York. Hershey had an RBI and a run scored while Pitzer, Patti, and Worthman also had RBIs in the loss.
The Spartans return to action on Wednesday afternoon when they host Messiah in a non-conference contest. First pitch from Jaquet Field is set for 3:30 pm.