YORK, PA - The York College baseball club fell to Wesley College 2-0 on Tuesday in Capital Athletic Conference playoff action at Jaquet Field despite a dominant performance on the mound from Joel Kenney. The Spartans will play top-seeded Salisbury on Thursday.
York (Pa.): 16-15, 10-8 CAC
Wesley: 18-13, 9-9 CAC
Runs: York 0, Wesley 2
Hits: York 3, Wesley 6
Errors: York 1, Wesley 0
Left on Base: York 4, Wesley 5
Grant Oberholtzer: 1-for-4
Seth Brosius: 1-for-4
Collin Crowell: 1-for-3
Trey Mears: 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, run scored
Cody Dmiterchik: 0-for-3, BB, run scored
Joel Kenney: 7.2 IP, 5 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned runs, 5 K, BB (Loss, 2-2)
Will Grega: 1.1 IP, 1 hit, K
Wolverine Pitching Leaders
Alex Marrs: 9.0 IP, 3 hits, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 9 K, 2 BB (Win, 8-2)
• The story of the game began with the dominant play from the two aces on the mound. Both pitchers came out hitting their marks, with neither allowing a base runner in the first inning. Joel Kenney forced two groundouts and one pop up before Alex Marrs, of Wesley, struck out the side in the bottom half. Kenney was strong again in the top half of the second, allowing just one hit, and just one more in the third inning, limiting his pitch count and avoiding any dangerous situations.
• The Spartans earned their first base runner in the bottom of the third. With two outs, Garrett Southern was walked on five pitches. He moved to second on a passed ball, but Marrs was able to get out of the inning without any damage, keeping a scoreless game through three innings.
• Through five innings, the Wolverines managed just four hits, while Marrs kept the Spartans hitless. In the top of the sixth, though, Kenney allowed his first walk of the day and then Trey Mears launched a two-run homer over the left field fence to give Wesley a 2-0 lead. Mears entered the game hitting .517 on the year, but Kenney had forced him to pop up twice before giving up the long ball. Kenney settled down, though, remained unfazed and turned the next three batters into outs to end the top of the sixth.
• Marrs struck out the side in the bottom of the sixth, keeping York hitless. Finally, Seth Brosius lined a ball into left center for the first Spartan hit of the game. It was short lived, however, as Marrs forced the next hitter into grounding into a double play, ending the seventh inning.
• Kenney's impressive day came to a close with two outs in the eighth when Will Grega came in in relief. Kenney gave up just five hits and two runs in 7.2 innings. Kenney threw 75 strikes on 110 pitches, a statistic worthy of his incredible play. Grega ended the inning with a remarkable play on a vicious ground ball from Mears, but he was able to deal with it comfortably.
• In the bottom of the eighth, York finally began threatening Marrs. Collin Crowell singled up the middle, and then pinch hitter Bryce Stout earned a walk with two outs. Marrs forced a fly ball and was able to get out of the inning without any damage.
• Grega easily maneuvered through the top of the ninth. Marrs returned to the mound in the ninth, but Grant Oberholtzer pushed a single through the middle on the first pitch to lead off the inning. Marrs forced the next two Spartans into fly balls, and then got a strike out to finish off his complete game.
York's three hits were the lowest total of the season ... they were shutout for just the second time this year … Joel Kenney now boasts a 3.38 ERA in 42.2 innings pitched … the Spartans fall to 34-36 all-time in CAC Tournament games … against Wesley in CAC Tournament play, York is just 1-4 … the Green and White is winless in their last three CAC Tournament games dating back to the 2014 season ... they were shutout of a CAC Tournament game for the first time since 2013, when they lost 4-0 to Salisbury in the CAC Championship.
The Spartans will travel to Salisbury University for the rest of the CAC Tournament. York will take on the top-seeded Sea Gulls on Thursday in the double-elimination format.