Spartan Rally Falls Short at #18 Ithaca
ITHACA, NY – The York College baseball squad rallied late but it was not enough as the 18th ranked Ithaca College Bombers downed the Spartans 6-5 in non-conference action on Sunday afternoon in Ithaca, N.Y.
The Bombers improve to 30-6 for the campaign while the Spartans fall back to .500 at 20-20.
Ithaca jumped out to an early lead as the Bombers scored two in the first and two more in the second to take the 4-0 lead through two innings of play.
The Spartans got on the board in the third as junior Andrew Hershey (Lancaster, Pa./Penn Manor) launched a two-run homer to left center. The round tripper was his second of the season.
The Bombers extended their lead with a two-spot in the bottom of the fourth, pushing their advantage to 6-1.
The Spartans cut into Ithaca's lead in the eighth thanks to four consecutive hits. Drew Frankenfield (Blue Bell, Pa./Wissahickon) plated the first run of the frame with a one-out double to right center. Colin Porter (Hanover, Pa./South Western) then scored a pair with a single to right center as the Spartan deficit was trimmed to 6-4.
York cut the Ithaca lead to 6-5 in the ninth as Jimmy King (Frederick, Md./Frederick) walked to open the inning. He would score on a Hershey double to left center. After a ground out, Colbe Herr (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) ripped a double to right center but Hershey was cut down at the plate attempting to score the tying run. The Bombers got the final out of the game on a ground out as they hung on for the victory.
Jasper Adams earned the win on the mound for the Bombers. He tossed 7.1 innings, allowing four runs on 10 hits with three strikeouts and two walks. He improves to 4-0 with the win. Andrew Sanders earned his first save of the year as he got the final two outs of the game.
Tyler Alexander (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) suffered the loss as he tossed five innings, allowing six runs on seven hits with three walks and a strikeout. He falls to 2-3 with the loss. Sophomore Andrew Tucci (Birdsboro, Pa./Daniel Boone) threw the ball well in relief of Alexander as Tucci tossed three hitless innings, allowing three walks and a hit batter with one strikeout during his scoreless stint.
The Bombers finished the game with just seven hits led by right fielder Christian Brown as he went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Luke Stark added two hits and a pair of runs scored while Tim Locastro contributed a home run with two RBI and two runs scored.
Hershey finished the game with two hits, two RBI and a run scored. Herr tallied a game-high three hits including his 17th double of the year. Porter contributed two hits and two RBI while senior Justin Cohen (Severn, Md./Old Mill) and King each added two hits and a run scored for the Spartans.
The Spartans return to action on Wednesday when they travel to nationally ranked Johns Hopkins University for a non-conference contest. First pitch in Baltimore is scheduled for 3:30 pm.
Andrew Hershey photo courtesy of Chelsea Bock - Athletic Communications Student Photographer