YORK, PA - The York College baseball club won their third game in a row by defeating Catholic University 12-3 at Jaquet Field. The Spartans offense erupted with 17 hits, the third-most in a game this season.
York (Pa.): 18-17
Runs: York 12, Catholic 3
Hits: York 17, Catholic 7
Errors: York 3, Catholic 2
Left on Base: York 11, Catholic 5
Collin Crowell: 4-for-6, 5 RBI, run scored, 2B
Zach Hossler: 3-for-4, 3 runs scored, 2 RBI, BB
Patrick Clement: 2-for-3, RBI, BB
Michael Moore: 2-for-5, 2 RBI, 2 runs scored
Jake Crist: 3-for-4, RBI
Bailey Lewis: 2-for-4
Elliot Mortimer: 6.0 IP, 4 hits, 3 runs, 2 K, 2 BB (Win, 4-3)
Will Grega: 3.0 IP, 3 hits, 4 K (Save, 3)
Cardinal Pitching Leaders
Mason Belcher: 2.2 IP, 9 hits, 6 runs, 5 earned runs, 2 K, BB (Loss, 4-1)
Collin Brown: 2.1 IP, 2 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 2 K
Colin Cunningham: 2.0 IP, 1 hit, 2 K, BB
• Elliot Mortimer started well on the mound, working his way through the first inning without any real danger. York, however, got some knocks in early in the bottom of the first. Colin Crowell led off with a double and then moved to third on a ground out. Seth Brosius drove Crowell home to give York the early lead. With two outs, Brosius bolted for second, successfully stealing, and putting him in scoring position. The move proved critical because he was able to score when Michael Moore singled through the middle, giving the Spartans an early 2-0 lead.
• The Spartans had a chance to extend their lead in the second inning. With two outs, Patrick Clement singled to start the two-out rally. Crowell singled for his second hit of the day, and then Logan Countryman was hit by a pitch, loading the bases. Brosius was next, and hit a laser but it was right at the shortstop, ending the inning.
• The Spartans exploded in the third inning offensively, started by a single from Christian Bilan. Bilan moved to second on a balk, and then scored on an error by the third baseman, allowing Moore to get on base and advance to second. Moore moved to third on a passed ball, but couldn't score when Rob Acierno singled to right. Zach Hossler was next to do damage, singling to center, scoring Moore and advancing Acierno to third. Hossler stole second and Clement earned a walk before Crowell singled down the left field line for his third hit, scoring Acierno and Hossler. Through three innings, York led 6-0.
• Catholic got on the board in the top of the fourth. Mortimer earned two quick outs before giving up a walk. Lewis then singled to center field, but it was misplayed by Clement, allowing an unearned run. Mortimer settled and was able to get out of the inning without any more damage, with York still leading 6-1.
• Catholic cut the lead to 6-3 on two hits in the top of the fifth. They were aided by another error on what should have been a standout fielder's choice. But, on a throw from Moore to Hossler, the field umpire called Hossler off the base on a controversial call. Both runs were unearned for Mortimer.
• York added another in the bottom half, though, after Hossler led off with a single. He advanced to second on a single from Clement. They each moved up a base on a wild pitch, and then Hossler scored on an RBI groundout from Crowell, giving York a 7-3 advantage.
• York continued their offensive pressure, started by a Countryman double. He moved to third on a Bilan groundout. Moore, with another big offensive day, doubled to center to score Countryman. Moore came home when Hossler singled up the middle for his fourth hit, extending the lead to 9-3. With the bases loaded, Clement was hit by a pitch which scored Acierno. Crowell gave the Spartans the hit they needed, then thanks to an error, Hossler and Southern scored.
• Will Grega, who pitched three scoreless innings to earn the save, closed things out for the Spartans to win their third consecutive game.
York won their third game in a row … they are now 9-7 at home … their 17 hits are tied for the third-most on the season … when the Spartans out-hit their opponent, they are now 15-0 … when they score at least 10 runs, York is 6-1 … when leading after seven innings, York is 16-2 … Elliot Mortimer leads the team with 52 IP … Zach Hossler matched his career high with three hits.
York is heading into its stretch run, playing six games in a span of just seven days, starting Monday when they travel to Shenandoah at 4 p.m.