February 23, 2014

Spartan Baseball Falls 8-1 in Season Opener

LYNCHBURG, Va.— The York College baseball team opened their 2014 season with an 8-1 loss to Lynchburg College on a sunny Sunday afternoon in Lynchburg, VA.

The Hornets improve to 6-1 overall while the Spartans are now 0-1.

Earning the start for the Spartans was senior David Walker (Hanover, Pa./South Western).  Going against the potent Hornet offense, Walker stifled the hitters the first time he faced the lineup. 

Senior Colbe Herr (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) got the first hit for the season with a left center double in the top of the first. He was stranded on second as the Spartans couldn't push him around with two outs. 

In the third, J.J. Oleniacz (Great Falls, Va./ Langley) opened the inning with a single to center. After a force out at second erased the Spartans' second baseman, Lynchburg stater Zac Patrick got the next two outs of the inning to keep the game scoreless.

Lynchburg got on the board in the third with a Lincoln Evan RBI double to left. 

In the bottom of the fourth, Walker hit a pair of batters and it cost him as Rob Tomasulo stroked a one-out double to left center. Walker got the next two hitter to prevent the Hornets from a bigger inning.

The Spartans trimmed the Lynchburg lead in half in the fifth. Oleniacz reached on an error to open the inning and moved to second on the Hornet miscue. Andrew Hershey (Lancaster, Pa./Penn Manor) came up to bat and laid down a textbook bunt, advancing Oleniacz to third.  Following Hershey's bunt, Brad Wenzel (Blandon, Pa./Fleetwood Area) drilled a double down the right field line to score Oleniacz with the Spartans' first run of the year.

The Hornets pushed two runs acrosse in the sixth, one more in the seventh and then blew the game open with a three-run eighth inning.

That would be more than enough for Patrick as he tossed a four-hit complete game. He struck out seven, walked for and was charged with one unearned run.

Walker suffered the loss as he allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits with one walk in 4.1 innnings of work. The Spartan bullpen combined to allow six runs, five earned, on seven hits and two walks in 3.2 innings of action.

Evans led the Hornets with three hits, two RBI and a run scored. Joe Rogers added two hits, two RBI and a run scored while Tomasulo also had a pair of knocks, an RBI and a run scored.

Four Spartans had single hits in the game with Herr and Wenzel picking up extra base hits while Wenzel had the Spartans' lone RBI.

York will return to the diamond on March 1 at 1:00 pm when they are slated to host Rutgers-Camden at Jaquet Field.