YORK, PA - The York College baseball club surrendered five ninth-inning runs to lose a heartbreaker to Elizabethtown College 10-7 on Senior Day at Jaquet Field on Tuesday. Seth Brosius and Collin Crowell combined for seven hits to lead the Spartans. The Green and White recorded 15 hits and left 14 runners on base in the loss.
York (Pa.): 18-19
Game One Stats
Runs: York 7, Elizabethtown 10
Hits: York 15, Elizabethtown 12
Errors: York 2, Elizabethtown 1
Left on Base: York 14, Elizabethtown 13
Spartan Offensive Leaders
Seth Brosius: 4-for-6, 2 runs scored, 2B
Collin Crowell: 3-for-5, RBI, run scored
Michael Moore: 2-for-3, RBI, run scored, 2 BB
Zach Hossler: 2-for-4, RBI, run scored, BB
Blue Jay Offensive Leaders
Anthony Knight: 3-for-4, RBI, run scored, BB
Mike Christy: 3-for-5, 6 RBI, run scored, HR, 2B
Colby Smith: 1-for-4, 2 RBI, 3 runs scored, 2 BB
Spartan Pitching Leaders
Randy Frankenfield: 4.2 IP, 6 hits, 4 runs, 4 earned runs, 5 K, 3 BB
Ben Demchak: 1.0 IP, 1 hit, 1 run, 1 K, 4 BB
Jeff Noss: 2.2 IP, 3 hits, 3 runs, 3 earned runs, 3 K, 2 BB
Will Grega: 0.2 IP, 2 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned runs (Loss, 3-2)
Blue Jay Pitching Leaders
Alec Miller: 0.1 IP, 4 hits, 5 runs, 5 earned runs, K, 2 BB
Braden Stinar: 5.1 IP, 8 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned runs, K, 2 BB
Jared Witner: 1.1 IP, 1 hit
Andrew Brndjar: 2.0 IP, 2 hits, K (Win, 2-1)
How It Happened
• The Blue Jays jumped out to the early lead in the top of the first inning. Senior Randy Frankenfield got the nod on Senior Day at Jaquet Field and quickly dismissed the first two batters of the inning. But, with two outs, Colby Smith earned a walk for the Jays and then Mike Cristy doubled to send Smith home. Frankenfield finished the inning without any more damage, though.
• York didn't waste any time responding, however. Collin Crowell was hit by a pitch and then Logan Countryman was walked. Seth Brosius loaded the bases with a single through the left side before Christian Bilan singled through the same hole between the shortstop and third baseman, scoring Crowell. Michael Moore and Rob Acierno then both earned walks, scoring a run apiece. Bilan scored when Zach Hossler continued his hot-hitting ways, singling through the right side. Moore was the next one to come around as Mitchell Slater ripped a ball to the left side of the infield, earning an RBI single, giving York a commanding 5-1 lead after the first. With just one out and the bases still juiced, the Spartans couldn't bring anyone else home, but the damage was done. York chased the Blue Jay starter Alec Miller after just a single out, giving up five early runs.
• Frankenfield ran into trouble in the top of the third when he gave up a hit and then wildly attempted to pick the runner off at first. Two runners scored in the inning for Elizabethtown on three hits, cutting the lead to 5-3 heading to the bottom of the third. York pressured the Blue Jays with a bases loaded situation, but could not bring anyone home. It was the second time York ended the inning with the bases loaded.
• E-Town got one more run back in the top of the fifth, forcing Frankenfield out of the ball game, but Ben Demchak came in and finished the inning without more runs.
• Hossler started the bottom of the fifth for York with a base hit and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Slater. Crowell singled to left field to score Hossler and extend the lead to 6-4.
• Each team got a run in the sixth, Brosius hit a double and came around to score when Clement singled. Brosius has been struggling with an injury and limping around the bases, but that didn't stop him at the plate, going 4-for-6 on the day.
• In the top of the ninth, the Blue Jays loaded the bases with one out before Jeff Noss made way for Will Grega. Grega got one batter to pop out forcing Elizabethtown to their final out. Colby Smith then hit a foul ball down the left field line and Countryman came sprinting after it, but couldn't make the catch to end the game. The very next pitch, Smith singled to left field, scoring two runs and tying the game. The next batter, Christy, who hit a walk off last week for the Blue Jays, hit a three-run homer to right field, taking a 10-7 lead. York couldn't muster up any runs in the bottom half, losing a heartbreaker.
York lost their first game of the season when leading after eight innings, falling to 15-1 … the loss also marked the first time York has lost when out-hitting their opponents, falling to 15-1 … the Spartans scored five in the first inning, dropping to just 8-8 when scoring in the first … Seth Brosius matched his career high with four hits … Zach Hossler is 10-for-19 in the last five games, his best stretch of the season.
York will now head to Rutgers-Camden tomorrow at 4 p.m. The Spartans still have four more games in the next five days to finish off their season.