YORK, Pa. – A sixth inning grand slam by No. 19 Kean College was enough to break the Spartans' spirits as the Cougars went on to claim an 11-8 victory on Tuesday afternoon at Jaquet Field.
York (26-13) got off to a hot start, racing out to a 6-0 lead while compiling seven hits through the first two innings.
Andrew Hershey (Lancaster, Pa./Penn Manor) played a big role in YCP's early offensive surge as the senior accounted for two hits, including a double to lead off the game and two runs. Hershey finished the day 4-for-5 with a double and two runs scored.
Colbe Herr (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) also played an instrumental role in the first two innings as the senior drove in three total runs with a ground-out in the first inning and a two-RBI single in the second, in addition to scoring a run himself in the second. Herr finished the day 2-for-5 with three RBI and one run scored.
After the grand slam by Kean (30-12) put the Spartans behind 10-6, York still chipped away at the four-run deficit and nearly climbed back into the game. The Green and white tallied one run in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single by Brad Wenzel (Blandon, Pa./Fleetwood Area) and notched another run in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI single by Colin Porter (Hanover, Pa./South Western).
Following the Porter single in the ninth, freshman Michael Moore (East Berlin, Pa./Bermudian Springs) kept the two-out rally alive with a single up the middle. York still had life after stringing together three straight hits, but the shimmer of hope was abruptly wiped away as a well-hit sinking line drive by sophomore Sean Mohollen (Rose Valley, Pa./Strath Haven) was plucked out of the air by the right fielder to end the game.
Kean's Dan Hansen earned the victory and improves to 2-1 as he tossed six innings in relief, giving up two runs on six hits with six strikeouts and one walk.
Freshman Elliot Mortimer (Whitehall, Pa./Whitehall) suffered the loss and falls to 6-2 after throwing six innings, allowing 10 runs, three earned, on 10 hits with four strikeouts and one walk.
York will return to the diamond on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in a non-conference contest at Rowan.
Andrew Hershey photo courtesy of Joe Rodgers