YORK, Pa. – Keying off a tremendous relief performance by junior pitcher Brandon Ullom, the York College baseball team picked up a 5-3 victory over Stevenson in Capital Athletic Conference action Sunday in York. With the triumph, the Spartans improve to 6-13 overall and 5-8 in league play while the Mustangs drop to 7-17 and 3-7 in the CAC.
Entering at the beginning of the third inning, Ullom put together a tremendous line for the Green and White en route to capturing his first victory of 2011. The right-hander would throw a strong six innings as he allowed only five hits during his appearance while striking out four. From the fourth through eighth innings, Ullom was especially good as faced just two more than the minimum enticing Stevenson into numerous ground ball outs.
Offensively, a trio of Spartans had outstanding days at the plate. Rob Klinck and Steve Tretter each posted four hits while clean-up hitter Justin Cohen went 3-for-4 from the dish and scored two runs.
After Stevenson jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first, the Green and White responded with a run of their own in the bottom half of the opening frame.
The Mustangs regained the lead in the top of the second but would be shutout over the next six innings.
That window gave York plenty of time to chalk up runs on the board and they did so in three consecutive frames.
The Spartans' streak began in the third as they scored two runs with two outs. With Devin Harbold on first, Cohen ripped a double down the right field line plating Harbold. Joe Doyle followed Cohen's double with one of his own allowing Cohen to score York's third run of the game.
The fourth and fifth innings saw York tack on two more runs bringing their lead to 5-2 after five. That three-run advantage would be all the Green and White would need as Ullom continued to mow down Mustangs.
After running into a bit of trouble in the ninth, rookie hurler Bryan Palumbo came on and closed out the game. With runners on first and second and nobody out when he entered, Palumbo gave up a single before coaxing a ground ball double play. With two outs, Palumbo officially picked up the first save of his college career as Mitch Berman flied out to Doyle in right.
Defensively, the Spartans put on a stellar performance. York rolled a pair of double plays in the contest and Klink was rock solid at short. Additionally, Ullom and Doyle made outstanding plays of their own to help keep the Mustangs at bay.
Having bested Stevenson in each of their three meetings this season, the Spartans will now move on to face Randolph-Macon on Tuesday, March 29. First pitch from York's Jaquet Field is slated for 3:30 pm.
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