YORK, PA - The York College baseball team scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth and one more in the tenth to pull out a come-from-behind 5-4 Capital Athletic Conference win over St. Mary's College on Wednesday afternoon in York. Sophomore Grant Oberholtzer's RBI single to left plated Michael Moore with the game-winning run in the tenth.
York (Pa.): 10-5, 5-1 CAC
St. Mary's (Md.): 6-13, 0-8 CAC
Runs: York 5 / SMC 4
Hits: York 11 / SMC 9
Errors: York 4 / SMC 0
Left on Base: York 10 / SMC 10
Spartans Offensive Leaders
Grant Oberholtzer: 3-for-5, RBI, 1 run scored
Collin Crowell: 2-for-5, RBI
Zach Hossler: 1-for-3, RBI, 1 run scored, 2B
Michael Moore: 2-for-3, RBI, 1 run scored
St. Mary's Offensive Leaders
Jay Hammett: 3-for-5, 1 run scored
Matt Bieler: 2-for-3, RBI
Brandon Snow: 1-for-3, 2 run scored
Zach Rowe: 1-for-3, 1 run scored
Spartan Pitching Leaders
Bobby Kuehn: 6.0 IP, 4 runs, 3 earned runs, 3 K, 2 BB
Will Grega: 4.0 IP, 2 hits, 0 runs, 4 K, 4 BB (Win, 2-0)
St. Mary's Pitching Leaders
Mark Smith: 8.0 IP, 6 hits, 2 earned runs, 2 K, 3 BB, 2 HBP
Graham Haliskoe: 1.1 IP, 3 hits, 3 earned runs, 0 K, 1 BB, 1 WP (Loss, 1-2)
Matt Henigan: 0.0 IP, 2 hits, 1 WP
How It Happened
• The Seahawks jumped on the Spartans early for a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. Back-to-back singles from Rowe and Snow opened the frame, setting the stage for the Seahawks to be able to put up a crooked number. Rowe and Snow pulled off a double steal with one out to put the pair in scoring position. Rowe came around to score on a Bieler sacrifice fly to left. Snow scored on a Garner single to center to give St. Mary's the 2-0 advantage.
• York wasted little time in responding in the bottom of the first inning. Zach Hossler stroked a one-out double down the right field to get the Spartans started. Seth Brosius was hit by the pitch to put Spartans at first and second. Christian Bilan squirted single past the third baseman, allowing Hossler to scamper home with York's first run. Michael Moore then singled inside the third base bag, allowing Brosius to come home, tying the game at two.
• The two starting pitchers settled in over the next three innings before St. Mary's was the beneficiary of some shoddy Spartan defense in the fifth. The Seahawks got a pair of runs in the inning after their were a pair of outs. Brandon Snow walked to kick off the rally. Jay Hammett singled to left but an error allowed Snow to score, giving the Seahawks a 3-2 lead. Bieler then stroked a single to right, moving Hammett to third. Bieler moved to second on a throwing error as the Spartan defense allowed the extra base. Garner bounced a ball to third but a third error in the inning allowed Hammett to score for the 4-2 St. Mary's lead.
• York had nothing going on offensively over the middle seven innings after scoring the two runs early. They saved their best for the bottom of the ninth. Grant Oberholtzer had a hustle single to short to start the frame. Patrick Clement stroked a single up the middle to put Spartans at first and third. Devin Chapman put down a sacrifice bunt with two strikes to move Oberholtzer and Clement up 90 feet each. Collin Crowell scored Oberholtzer with a single up the middle, cutting York's deficit to one. Zach Hossler then fouled the first two pitches off that he saw to fall behind 0-2. He battled and drove a line drive sacrifice fly to right, scoring Clement and tying the game at four. Brosius hit a ball to the hole at short but Snow made a nice backhanded play and a strong throw to end the inning, forcing extra frames.
• After Will Grega retired the Seahawks in order in the top of the tenth, the Spartan offense got right back to work. Moore drew a one out walk to start the rally. He moved to second on a wild pitch and to third when Logan Countryman smashed a single to left. Oberholtzer then won the game with a rocket to deep left that became a walk off winner for the Spartans.
The Spartans are now 57-17 all-time against St. Mary's as they have swept the season series from the Seahawks … York has won 8 of the last nine against St. Mary's while they are 12-4 against the Seahawks under head coach Mike Scappa … the win was the second last at-bat win of the year and first walk off winner … both last at-bat wins have come against the Seahawks (4-3 on March 17 at SMC) … the game featured just one extra base hit with Zach Hossler's first inning double … York drew four walks and struck out just twice … the Spartans committed a season-high tying four errors in the game but St. Mary's only got one unearned run from the miscues … York allowed a season-high tying three stolen bases with two coming on a double steal in the first inning … sophomore Grant Oberholtzer tied his career high with three hits (vs. John Jay on March 2 and at Wesley on March 25) … Oberholtzer is 7-for-14 in his last three games with three RBI and a pair of runs scored … this game is the first of six CAC games that the Spartans will play in the next five days with a trip to Harrisburg on Thursday followed by a Saturday doubleheader at CNU and a home twin bill versus Marymount on Sunday.
The Spartans return to action on Thursday afternoon when they head to Middletown to face the Penn State Harrisburg Lions in a long awaited Capital Athletic Conference game. The game has already been postponed four times in the last three weeks. The first pitch is set for 3:30 pm.