YORK, PA - The York College baseball club exploded on offense and then survived a pitcher's duel to take two vital Capital Athletic Conference games from the University of Mary Washington on Sunday at Jaquet Field. The Spartans scored 26 runs on 24 hits to beat the Eagles 26-12 in the first game, before finessing a 3-1 victory in the second of the doubleheader.
York (Pa.): 14-11, 9-6 CAC
Mary Washington: 13-16, 6-9 CAC
Runs: York 26, Mary Washington 12
Hits: York 24, Mary Washington 14
Errors: York 1, Mary Washington 2
Left on Base: York 9, Mary Washington 9
Christian Bilan: 5-for-6, 4 runs scored, 2 RBI, 2B
Seth Brosius: 3-for-4, 7 RBI, 2 runs scored, 2 HR
Collin Crowell: 3-for-4, 6 RBI, 3 runs scored, 2 2B
Logan Countryman: 3-for-5, 3 runs scored
Grant Oberholtzer: 2-for-3, 3 runs scored, 2 RBI, BB
Stephen Johnston: 3-for-4, 5 RBI, 3 runs scored, Grand Slam HR, BB
Mark Smith: 2-for-3, 3 RBI, 3B
Elliot Mortimer: 6.0 IP, 7 hits, 4 runs, 4 earned runs, 6 K, 2 BB (Win, 3-1)
John Szwajkowski: 1.2 IP, 4 hits, 6 runs, 6 earned runs, 2 K, 2 BB
Zac Stoll: 1.0 IP, 1 hit, BB
Mary Washington Pitching Leaders
Nick McIntyre: 3.1 IP, 10 hits, 12 runs, 10 earned runs, BB (Loss, 3-3)
Jonathan Truba: 2.0 IP, 11 hits, 13 runs, 11 earned runs, 3 K, 5 BB
Cole Gabriele: 2.2 IP, 3 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 2 K, 3 BB
• An extraordinary game started in a relatively ordinary fashion, with the teams combining for just two hits in the first inning and a half. Then, in the bottom of the second, the Spartans erupted with a massive seven-run, five-hit explosion. Christian Bilan started the innings with a single to right, and moved to second when Michael Moore earned a walk. The bases were loaded for Collin Crowell after Zach Hossler singled to left. Crowell drove two runners home with a double to left. Hossler scored to make it 3-0 on a ground out from Patrick Clement. Rob Acierno launched a deep fly ball to center field, on which Crowell came home. Before the end of the inning, with Grant Oberholtzer and Logan Countryman on base, Seth Brosius went yard to make it 7-0.
• Mary Washington got two runs back in the top of the third. Tyler Truslow hit a leadoff homer for the Eagles, and Ramsis Ruiz would score on a sacrifice fly from Christian Hague.
• York continued their offensive display by notching a run in the bottom of the third and then six more in the fourth. Clement drove Crowell home in the third, and then Oberholtzer singled to leadoff the fourth. Countryman reached on an error, and they both moved on a wild pitch. Brosius laid up a sacrifice fly to score Oberholtzer and Countryman scored on a Bilan double to center. Crowell would later send Bilan and Moore home on a single to center. Oberholtzer, who started the inning, concluded the fourth-inning scoring when he singled down the left field line, driving home Crowell and Hossler.
• York would add two more in the fifth, Crowell, who finished with six RBI, scored Moore and Bilan. Then York scored 10 more runs in the sixth, off of eight hits. The inning was highlighted by a three-run homer from Brosius, who finished with seven RBI. Acierno also drove two home in the inning on a double to left center. Following the 10-run inning, York led 26-4.
• The Eagles scored four in both the seventh and eighth innings, but it wasn't enough to claw back into the game, as the Green and White took the first half of the doubleheader 26-12.
Game Two Stats
Runs: York 3, Mary Washington 1
Hits: York 8, Mary Washington 8
Errors: York 1, Mary Washington 0
Left on Base: York 6, Mary Washington 10
Logan Countryman: 3-for-4, 2 runs scored, 2B
Seth Brosius: 2-for-4, run scored
Christian Bilan: 2-for-4, 2 RBI
Thomas Weaver: 4-for-4, RBI, run scored, HR
Stephen Johnston: 2-for-4
Randy Frankenfield: 6.1 IP, 6 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 5 K, 4 BB (Win, 2-3)
Will Grega: 2.2 IP, 2 hits, 4 K (Save, 2)
Mary Washington Pitching Leaders
Hank Biggs: 7.1 IP, 7 hits, 3 runs, 3 earned runs, 6 K (Loss, 2-5)
Paul McClure: 0.2 IP, 1 hits
• The Spartans got off to another hot start, this time in the first inning. Logan Countryman singled with one out. He sprinted to third when Seth Brosius singled down the right field line. Countryman came around to score and Brosius moved to second when Christian Bilan singled to center. Brosius and Bilan moved a base on a wild pitch, which proved critical because Michael Moore was able to send a sacrifice fly to right field to score Brosius. The Green and White led 2-0 after one inning.
• After the first game saw the two teams combine for 38 runs, the score remained just 2-0 after the first four innings. Both Randy Frankenfield and Hank Biggs were throwing well, limiting chances, and settling down when they were in tough spots. Mary Washington, though, finally plated a run when Thomas Weaver launched a home run over the left field fence to leadoff the inning. The Spartan lead was cut in half, but Frankenfield settled down and finished the fifth inning with a 2-1 lead, thanks to an incredible 4-6-3 double play turned by the middle infielders. Tyler Truslow hit a hard grounder up the middle at a diving Zach Hossler. Hossler was able to block it down and deflect it towards Collin Crowell, who turned two and got out of the inning.
• The Eagles again threatened York in the top of the sixth with the bases loaded, but Frankenfield continued to get outs when needed, forcing a ground out, and getting out of the inning unscathed.
• With one out in the top of the seventh and a man on first, Frankenfield was relieved by Will Grega. Grega struck out Truslow and then forced a ground ball to end the top of the seventh for the Spartans. Without getting any offense going in the bottom of the seventh, Grega returned to the mound for the second time. He gave up a leadoff single but then struck out two consecutive batters. Another single with two outs pushed Grega into a tough spot with a man on first and third. But Grega came through again, forcing a slow chopper that he collected himself, and was able to make the tag.
• The Spartans earned some insurance in the bottom of the eighth, started by a double from Countryman. Brosius singled, pushing Countryman to third with one out. Bilan came through with a single down the right field line to score a runner and double the York lead. Despite two base runners, though, the Spartans could only grab one run heading into the top of ninth with a 3-1 lead. Grega took care of business in the top of the ninth to secure the victory for the Spartans.
York is now 37-40 all-time against the Eagles … the wins stopped a three-game losing streak for the Spartans … Seth Brosius recorded seven RBI, a new career high, the total is tied for fourth for most RBI in a game … Brosius hit his team-high third homer … Collin Crowell set a new career-high six RBI, his previous was two … the 26 runs scored were just two runs from fifth all-time … the 26 runs and 24 hits are the season highs … Christian Bilan's five hits are tied for second in a game in school history … York now has six regular starters hitting at least .300, led by Bilan hitting .378.
The Spartans will stay at home on Monday to take on Franklin & Marshall at Jaquet Field. The matchup with the Diplomats is set for a 4 p.m. start.