FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The York College baseball team split a pair of Capital Athletic Conference road games with Mary Washington on Friday afternoon, winning game one 12-6 and falling 9-8 in game two.
Four runs in both the fifth and sixth innings proved to be the difference as York (15-3, 10-1 CAC) took game one, but a back-and-forth battle in game two eventually ended with a walk-off sacrifice fly for Mary Washington (13-14, 3-8) as the Eagles handed the Spartans their first conference loss of the season and ended their 11-game winning streak.
In Game one, York jumped out to an early lead, scoring two run runs in the top of the first. Andrew Hershey (Lancaster, Pa./Penn Manor) led off the game with a single to center field and then moved to third following a single down the right field line by Brad Wenzel (Blandon, Pa./Fleetwood Area). An RBI single by Colbe Herr (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) drove in Hershey and advanced Wenzel to second. Following a double play by the Eagles, Derek Pitzer (York, Pa./Dallastown) poked a single into center field to score Wenzel for the second Spartan run of the inning.
York recorded back-to-back four-run innings in the fifth and sixth to extend its lead to 10-3 through six innings of play. Colin Porter (Hanover, Pa./South Western) notched two key hits in each of the innings. The shortstop's double in the fifth accounted for three RBI and his single in the sixth drove in two more runs.
Herr, Porter and Stephen Miele (Allentown, Pa./Salisbury) each recorded a hit and scored a run in both the fifth and sixth innings.
Miele and Herr each had four hits in the game as they both went 4-for-6, with both scoring two runs and both tallying one RBI.
Porter finished game one with a career-high six RBI as he went 3-for-4 at the plate with two walks and scored one run.
Freshman Randy Frankenfield (Blue Bell, Pa./Wissahickon) earned the victory and improves to 1-0 as he went five and one-third innings, allowing three runs on six hits with one strikeout and two walks.
UMW's Erik Jorquenson suffered the loss and falls to 2-2 as he tossed five innings, allowing seven runs on 12 hits with six strikeouts and surrendered zero walks.
Sophomore Matt Goodman (Owing Mills, Md./Franklin) picked up the save, his first of the season, as he tossed three complete innings, surrendered just one hit and claimed three strikeouts.
At the end of game one, York has tallied double-digit runs and hits in the same game seven times this season and twice in as many games.
In game two, both teams traded blows through the first five innings, eventually taking an 8-8 tie into the ninth. With one out in the top of the ninth, Porter reached on a walk, but a 5-4-3 double play by the Eagles ended the Spartans' chance at any ninth-inning heroics.
Mary Washington led off the bottom of the ninth with a single and then advanced their runner to second on a wild pitch. A sacrifice bunt moved the runner to third and York intentionally walked the next two batters to load the bases.
York's strategic attempt to load the bases to have a force out at any base was foiled by a sacrifice fly to right field that allowed the game-winning run to score from third.
Seth Taylor picked up the win for Mary Washington and improves to 2-1 as he threw four innings, allowing zero runs and three hits with two strikeouts and one walk.
Patrick Pittman (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East) received credit for the loss and falls to 0-1 as he tossed three and two-thirds innings, allowing one run on three hits with two walks.
Hershey led the Spartans in game two with four hits as he went 4-for-5 with one RBI and one run scored.
Porter added three more RBI in game two, bringing his total to nine on the day. He went 3-for-4 with one walk and one run scored in game two.
The loss in game two ends York's 10-game conference wining streak and its 11-game overall winning streak. The last Spartan loss was back on March 6 with a 2-1 loss to Muhlenberg in 10 innings. During that 11-game stretch, York outscored its opponents 138-79 and needed extra innings just once to keep the streak intact.
The Spartans will return to the diamond on Saturday as they host Wesley in a conference doubleheader. First pitch for game one at Jaquet field is slated for noon.
Colin Porter photo courtesy of Zack Teator