YORK, PA - The York College baseball club could not overcome a Franklin & Marshall five-run third inning, falling to the Diplomats 16-7 in a non-conference contest at Jaquet Field on Monday. Logan Countryman recorded five hits, and Christian Bilan continued his hot streak at the plate, notching four. Bilan is now 11-for-15 in the last three games.
York (Pa.): 14-12, 9-6 CAC
Franklin & Marshall: 15-10-1, 3-2-1 Centennial
Runs: York 7, Franklin & Marshall 16
Hits: York 17, Franklin & Marshall 17
Errors: York 2, Franklin & Marshall 1
Left on Base: York 13, Franklin & Marshall 7
Logan Countryman: 5-for-6, run scored
Christian Bilan: 4-for-5, RBI, run scored
Devin Chapman: 2-for-4, 2 runs scored, RBI
Christopher Vincent: 3-for-6, 5 RBI, 2 runs scored
Cory Hecht: 2-for-3, 2 runs scored, RBI, BB
Jimmy Whelan: 2-for-4, 3 runs scored, RBI, 2 BB
Bobby Kuehn: 2.1 IP, 8 hits, 6 runs, 5 earned runs, K, 2 BB (Loss, 2-2)
Andrew Ross: 5.1 IP, 6 hits, 5 runs, 5 earned runs, 4 K, 3 BB
Jeff Noss: 1.1 IP, 3 hits, 5 runs, 5 earned runs, K, 2 BB
Franklin & Marshall Pitching Leaders
Blake Smith: 1.1 IP, 1 hit, K (Win, 2-0)
Jason Weinhaus: 1.0 IP
• The Spartans started well, first by limiting F&M to no runs despite two first-inning hits. Then York followed that up with three hits of their own in the first inning, and converted them to two runs. Logan Countryman, who finished with five hits, doubled to right center with one out, and moved to third on a balk. He scored on a double from Seth Brosius. Brosius came around when Christian Bilan singled.
• Each team scored one run in the second, giving York a 3-1 lead, but the Diplomats exploded in the top of the third. On five hits, F&M scored five runs to go ahead 6-3.
• In the next three innings, York could only manage three hits, but they also kept F&M scoreless in those innings behind strong pitching from Andrew Ross. Finally York got one back in the bottom of the sixth, when Patrick Clement scored on a sacrifice fly from Grant Oberholtzer. F&M responded with a run of their own in the top of the seventh to extend the lead back to three runs at 7-4. York scored another run in the bottom of the seventh when Devin Chapman drove home Bilan with a single up the middle.
• Again F&M responded in their next at-bats, scoring four runs in the top of the eighth to go up 11-4, then added five more in the top of the ninth to go up 16-4. Zach Hossler pinch-hit in the bottom of the ninth and doubled, and would score when Oberholtzer reached on an error. Chapman also scored in the ninth on a wild pitch.
• The Spartans left 13 runners on base throughout the game, and twice had the bases loaded but failed to score any runs. In the fifth inning, York had the bases juiced with no outs in the heart of their lineup but couldn't convert.
York is now 32-12 all-time against the Diplomats … Logan Countryman's five hits are good for tied for second all-time for hits in a game, this coming one day after Christian Bilan recorded five hits against Mary Washington … Countryman's five hits are a career-high … Bilan was 4-for-5 against F&M, and was a combined 7-for-10 in the double header a day before against Mary Washington … Bilan is 11-for-15 in his last three games … Devin Chapman matched a career-high two hits, and set one with two runs … Grant Oberholtzer set a career-high with three RBI.
York will host PSU-Harrisburg to conclude their four-game home stand. The Capital Athletic Conference matchup will be huge in the playoff race. The Spartans currently sit in third in the CAC. First pitch is scheduled for 3:45 at Jaquet Field. In the other meeting this season, York defeated the Lions 4-3 on the road.