Baseball Sweeps UMW to Secure #2 Seed

Baseball Sweeps UMW to Secure #2 Seed

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – The York College baseball team closed out their Capital Athletic Conference schedule with a doubleheader sweep of the University of Mary Washington Saturday afternoon in Fredericksburg, VA. The Spartans won game one 5-0 and concluded the day with a 4-3 victory in eight innings.

York improves to 16-17 overall and finish the conference slate with a mark of 11-7 as they will be the two seed in the upcoming CAC Tournament. The Eagles will miss the CAC Tournament for the first time in school history with a conference mark of 4-14 while they are now 11-18-1 overall.

In the opener, freshman Dan Gurganus continues to impress as he tossed a five-hit shutout in the victory. He struck out two and walked three as he improves to 4-1 for the season. Gurganus has a sterling 2.59 ERA in a team-high 41.2 innings pitched.

The Spartan offense got Gurganus the lead early, striking for one run in the first and two more in the second to give York a 3-0 advantage. York's run in the first came on a Justin Cohen two-out RBI single. York's first run of the second came when Andrew Hershey singled and scored on a double error by the Eagle defense. The second run came courtesy of a Steve Tretter RBI single to center.

The Green and White tacked on single runs in the fifth and seventh innings to provide for the final score.

Matt Abramson took the loss as he allowed five runs, four earned, on 13 hits with eight strikeouts and no walks. He falls to 2-6 with the loss.

The Spartans had five players record multiple hits in the 13-hit attack. Tretter was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored while Drew Frankenfield added two hits and a run scored. Cohen and Justin Pitzer each went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Connor Finnerty had two hits for the Eagles.

In game two, the squads each had a multiple run inning to start the contest. The Spartans started the game with a two-spot courtesy of a pair of bases loaded walks.

The Eagles answered with three runs of their own in the bottom of the first to take the one run lead. York tied the game in the third on a Cohen RBI single.

The teams then went scoreless over the next four innings before York got the game-winning run in the eighth. Pitzer doubled down the line and was replaced by pinch runner J.J. Oleniacz who promptly moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on another wild pitch to give the Spartans the 4-3 lead.

Senior Brandon Ullom came into the game in the bottom of the eighth and recorded his seventh save of the year with a perfect inning of work.

David Walker earned the win in relief of starter Josh Miller as Walker worked five stellar innings, allowing just one hit and striking out three in a nearly flawless outing. Walker improves to 1-0 with the win. Nick McGovern took the loss as he allowed a run on one hit with three walks and two strikeouts in his three innings of action. Starter Michael Straub got a no-decision for the Eagles as he allowed three runs on two hits with six strikeouts and three walks in five innings.

York scored four runs on just three hits while they did manage to coax six walks from Mary Washington pitching. Cohen was 1-for-4 with an RBI while Frankenfield scored twice for York.

Jake Rudman led the Eagles with three hits and a run scored. Brent Steffey added a hit, an RBI and a run scored for UMW.

The Spartans return to action on Tuesday when they host Stevenson, the fifth seed, in the opening round of the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament. First pitch from Jaquet Field is set for 3:30 pm.