YORK, PA – The York College baseball squad closed out their 2014 regular season with a doubleheader split with DeSales University on a sun-splashed Mother's Day afternoon at Jaquet Field.
The Bulldogs captured game one 7-3 before the Spartans earned the split with an 11-9 win in the nightcap.
The Spartans close out the regular season with a mark of 29-14 while the Bulldogs end the campaign at 27-16. Both squads must now await the NCAA Tournament selection announcement to see if they earn at-large bids to the tournament. The announcement is scheduled for late Sunday evening.
In the opener, York got on the board first courtesy of an Andrew Hershey (Lancaster, Pa./Penn Manor) bunt single, a failed pickoff throw that moved Hershey to third and a Colbe Herr (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) sacrifice fly.
The Bulldogs got to Spartan starter Elliot Mortimer (Whitehall, Pa./Whitehall) for a pair of runs in the third and it could have been worse. However, the Spartan right-hander minimized the damage as he stranded three Bulldogs in the frame.
DeSales added a run in the top of the sixth but York answered with a pinch-hit RBI single by Sean Mohollen (Rose Valley, Pa./Strath Haven), cutting the DeSales' lead to 3-2.
DeSales blew the game wide open in the ninth as they plated four runs to take a 7-2 lead. The Spartans got one run back in the bottom of the ninth but it would not be enough for York.
Andrew Schuler earned the win for the Bulldogs. The right-hander improved to 5-0 as he tossed six innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits with four strikeouts and a pair of walks. Chris Polaski earned the save with three innings of relief as he allowed a run on a hit during his stint.
Mortimer was tagged with the loss as he allowed three runs on five hits in six innings of action. Mortimer struck out four and walked three as he falls to 6-3 with the loss.
Tyler Sweeney and Tyler Cooperman led the Bulldog offense. Sweeney was 2-for-5 with two RBI while Cooperman was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Tommy DePaul was 1-for-5 with two RBI. Mike Kacergis added two hits, two runs scored and an RBI.
Hershey led the Spartans with two hits and a run scored while Mohollen was 1-for-1 with an RBI.
The Bulldogs kept the momentum from game one's ninth inning into the first inning of game two. DeSales got a two-out solo shot from Brian Mauro to open the scoring. Charles Dennis then singled, moved to second on a throwing error and scored on a Mark Westdyk RBI single as the Bulldogs jumped out to a 2-0 lead.
The bottom of the first was wild, as Bulldog starter Steven Wallace couldn't find the strike zone early. He hit Hershey with a pitch followed by a walk to Brad Wenzel (Blandon, Pa./Fleetwood Area). Hershey and Wenzel each moved up a base because of a wild pitch. Herr then plated Hershey with an RBI ground out. Derek Pitzer (York, Pa./Dallastown) drew a one out walk and stole second before Wallace got a strikeout for the second out. Colin Porter (Hanover, Pa./South Western) drew a walk to load the bases. DeSales head coach Tim Neiman saw enough as he made the early call to the bullpen. Chris Zampini entered the game and got the Bulldogs out of the inning with just one run allowed.
DeSales pushed the lead to 4-1 as they struck for two more runs in the top of the third. York answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame as Stephen Miele (Allentown, Pa./Salisbury) notched an RBI single while Russ Patti (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) added an RBI single of his own as York trailed 4-3 through three innings.
The Spartans finally took the lead in the fourth as Hershey and Wenzel each notched infield singles to open the inning. Herr then blasted a line drive three-run homer to left center to give York a 6-4 lead.
York added three more runs in the bottom of the fifth as the Spartans led 9-4 through the fifth. York pushed the lead to 11-4 with single runs in the sixth and seventh innings as the Spartans looked like they would cruise to the win.
The Bulldogs got a run in the top of the eighth and then exploded for another huge ninth inning to make things very interesting. DeSales plated four runs in the top of ninth as they had the tying run at the plate when the game ended.
Senior Tyler Alexander (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) picked up the win in relief as he allowed one run on two hits in 3.1 innings of action. He struck out four and walked one as he improves to 3-1. Patrick Pitman (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East) earned the save as he came on with one out in the ninth inning to get the final two outs to preserve the win. Senior David Walker (Hanover, Pa./South Western) made his first start in over three weeks as he had been dealing with an injury. He allowed four runs, three earned, on eighth hits with two walks and a strikeout in his 4.2 inning outing.
Dan Gayeski suffered the loss as he allowed six runs, five earned, on six hits in his 1.1 innings of work. In all, the Bulldogs sent six pitchers to the bump in game two and only closer Cameron Hoos left the game unscathed as the freshman tossed an uneventful eighth inning for DeSales.
Herr made his final appearance at Jaquet Field a memorable one, as he was 3-for-6 with five RBI and two runs scored. Patti and Scott Steffy (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown East) each had two hits, an RBI and a run scored while Hershey was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, an RBI while he also was hit by pitches twice, raising his team leading total of 18. Wenzel and J.J. Oleniacz (Great Falls, Va./Langley) each contributed two hits and a run scored for York.
Dennis had a huge game for DeSales, as the leftfielder was 4-for-5 with three RBI and three runs scored. His only out in the game was a blistered line drive right at Steffy at third. Westdyk added two hits and two RBI while Mauro hit his fourth home run of the year in the first.
The Spartans will find out their NCAA fate late Sunday evening. York has been in the regional rankings most of the year but enter the selection process as a true bubble team. Please check back at www.ycpspartans.com for the most up-to-date tournament information.