SALISBURY, MD – The York College baseball team saw their 2018 season come to a close as the Salisbury Sea Gulls eliminated the Spartans from the Capital Athletic Conference tournament with an 11-3 win on Saturday in Salisbury. The Spartans were fighting an uphill climb as they had to win a pair of games on Saturday to keep their season going but Salisbury prevented York from getting that first win, ending the Spartan campaign.
Salisbury advances to face Penn State Harrisburg in the CAC championship series as the Lions upset the nationally ranked Christopher Newport Captains in the CNU pod this past weekend. The Sea Gulls will host the Lions in the CAC championship series starting next
Records: York 20-19-1, Salisbury 31-10
Score: York 3, Salisbury 11
Hits: York 10, Salisbury 13
Errors: York 5, Salisbury 1
Left on Base: York 10, Salisbury 7
Doubles: York 0, Salisbury 4
Triples: York 0, Salisbury 0
Home Runs: York 0, Salisbury 2
How It Happened
• The Sea Gulls got on top early with a three run bottom of the first as Justin Meekins walked to start the frame. He was sacrificed to second and scored on a Scott Ardoin double to left. Jack Decker then singled Ardoin home to make it 2-0 Salisbury. Matt Padeway doubled home Decker, adding to the Salisbury lead.
• The Sea Gulls added an unearned run in the third courtesy of a squeeze bunt that scored Jack Barry after he singled to lead off the inning.
• Ardoin homered with one out in the fifth to push the lead to 5-0 at the midway point in the game. Salisbury put the game out of reach in the sixth with a three spot highlighted by a Meekins two out, two run homer to left.
• York broke up the shutout in the seventh with a trio of runs. Collin Crowell and Luke Knott had back-to-back singles to open the inning. Grant Oberholtzer was hit by a pitch to load the base. Zach Hossler drew a walk to force in Crowell with York's first run of the game. Seth Brosius drove a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Knott with York's second run. Christian Bilan closed out the scoring with an RBI ground out.
• Salisbury added two runs in the seventh and one more in the bottom of the eighth, providing for the final eight run margin of victory.
Spartan Offensive Leaders
Zach Hossler: 2-for-4, 1 RBI
Rob Acierno: 2-for-4
Garrett Southern: 2-for-4
Collin Crowell: 1-for-4, 1 run scored
Luke Knott: 1-for-4, 1 run scored
Grant Oberholtzer: 1-for-4, 1 run scored
Salisbury Offensive Leaders
Scott Ardoin: 3-for-4, 3 runs scored, 2 RBI, HR, 2B
Matt Padeway: 2-for-4, 2 runs scored, 1 RBI, 2 2B
Colby Dean: 2-for-4, 1 run scored, 2B
Simon Palenchar: 1-for-1, 2 RBI
Justin Meekins: 1-for-4, 2 runs scored, 2 RBI, HR
Jack Decker: 1-for-4, 1 run scored, 1 RBI
Bobby Kuehn: 3.0 IP, 5 hits, 4 runs, 3 earned runs, 1 BB, 1 K (Loss, 4-2)
Conor Miller: 3.0 IP, 5 hits, 4 earned runs
Tim Halasnik: 0.2 IP, 2 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned run, 1 BB
Jeff Noss: 1.1 IP, 1 hit, 1 run, 1 K
Wes Whitlock: 9.0 IP, 10 hits, 3 earned runs, 3 BB, 2 K (Win, 5-0)
The Spartans dropped three out of four against Salisbury for the year as they are now 47-73-1 all-time against the Sea Gulls … York is now 35-39 all-time in the CAC Tournament as York has not won a Capital Athletic Conference tournament title since 1999 … York tied their season high with five errors in the game … three of the 11 runs were unearned for the Sea Gulls … York finished the season allowing 72 unearned runs in 40 games … freshman Jack Barry finished the season leading the Spartans in RBI (50) and home runs (8) … senior Seth Brosius and junior Grant Oberholtzer concluded the year tied for the team lead in doubles with 17 each … Oberholtzer led the team in runs (57) by 12 from his lead off spot while he was also tops in total bases (106), total hits (72) and batting average (.407) … senior Joel Kenney led the pitching staff in wins (5), complete games (3), strikeouts (48) and total starts (10).
The loss concludes the Spartan 2018 campaign. The game was the final collegiate contest for eight Spartans as Patrick Clement, Zach Hossler, Christian Bilan, Collin Crowell, Seth Brosius, Devin Chapman, Ben Demchak, and Joel Kenney. The class combined to win 62 games during their four year Spartan careers.