April 28, 2014

Spartans Down Elizabethtown 9-3 in Monday Tilt

ELIZABETHTOWN, PA – The York College baseball squad picked up a 9-3 non-conference win at Elizabethtown College on Monday afternoon in Elizabethtown, PA.

The Spartans improve to 26-10 overall while the Blue Jays conclude their regular season with a mark of 18-19.

The Green and White got on the board in the top of the first when Colbe Herr (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) was hit by a pitch with two outs. Derek Pitzer (York, Pa./Dallastown) doubled home Herr with a booming double to center.

York tacked on a second run in the second as Scott Steffy (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown East) plated Colin Porter (Hanover, Pa./South Western) with a sacrifice fly to center. 

The Blue Jays reached Spartan starter Elliot Mortimer (Whitehall, Pa./Whitehall) for a single run in the bottom of the second, cutting their deficit in half at 2-1.

The Green and White tacked on three runs in the top of the third to take a 5-1 lead. The uprising started with a Brad Wenzel (Blandon, Pa./Fleetwood Area) double to right. He scored when Herr banged a single up the middle. Herr then stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch before scoring on a Stephen Miele (Allentown, Pa./Salisbury) single up the middle. Miele would eventually score on another sacrifice fly from Steffy.

Elizabethtown scored a single run in the bottom of the third before York got it right back on another Pitzer RBI double in the top of the fourth. The Blue Jays got their third and final run in the bottom of the fourth, cutting the Spartan lead to 6-3.

The Spartans added a single run in the top of the seventh when Pitzer doubled for the third time, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a throwing error.

York closed out the scoring with a two run homer from Miele in the top of the ninth.

Pitzer led the Spartan offense, as he was 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored. Miele went 2-for-5 with three RBI and a pair of runs scored. Wenzel and Michael Moore (East Berlin, Pa./Bermudian Springs) each added a pair of knocks to the 13-hit Spartan attack.

Kyle Fackler, Luke Gatti, and Alex Holbert led the Blue Jays with two hits each. Gatti and Holbert each added a run and an RBI.

Mortimer picked up the win as the freshman right-hander improved to 6-1 for the campaign. Mortimer tossed seven innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on ten hits with five strikeouts and two walks. Zach Philippi (Levittown, Pa./Harry S. Truman) and Miele each threw a scoreless inning of relief for York.

Taras Letnauchyn suffered the loss as he allowed five runs, three earned, on seven hits in 2.1 innings of work. He struck out one and walked another in his 2.1 innings of work. Nick Gulla tossed six innings out of the pen and allowed four runs on six hits with a walk and a strikeout.

The Spartans are schedule to return to action on Tuesday afternoon when they travel to Penn State Berks for a non-conference contest. First pitch in Reading is set for 3:30 pm.

Derek Pitzer photo courtesy of Scott Guise - Director of Athletic Communications

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