Spartan Defense Falters in 12-4 Setback Against Catholic

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The York College baseball squad opened their 2013 spring trip with a disappointing 12-4 setback to Catholic University in a non-conference contest at the Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on Tuesday. The Spartans fall to 2-2 overall while the Cardinals improve to 6-2, snapping their brief two game losing skid.

The Spartans continued their struggles defensively in the game as they committed another five errors. York has now made 12 errors in just four games this season.

The poor defense didn't take long to rear it's ugly head. The Spartans made an early pair of miscues combined with a hit batter and a wild pitch to give Catholic a 4-0 lead after a half inning of play.

The Spartans got one of those runs back in the bottom of the first as Justin Cohen (Severn, Md./Old Mill) stroked a two-out RBI single to right.

The Green and White climbed back into the game in the bottom of the fourth. Senior Jimmy King (Frederick, Md./Frederick) had a squeeze bunt to drive home the first run and then Derek Pitzer (York, Pa./Dallastown) cut the Cardinal lead to 4-3 on an RBI single to right.

The Cardinals answered in a big way in the top of the fifth as Catholic touched the plate five times, turning the one run lead into a 9-3 advantage.

Catholic put the game farther out of reach with a three-run uprising in the seventh to push their lead to 12-3. The Spartans got a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh from Russ Patti (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) to provide for the final 12-4 margin.

Kevin Farley earned the win for the Cardinals as he went six innings, scattering 12 hits while he allowed three runs with a strikeout and a walk. He improves to 1-0 with the win.

Sophomore Dan Gurganus (Prince Frederick, Md./Huntingtown) absorbed the loss as the right-hander allowed nine runs, five earned, on eight hits with three strikeouts and two walks in 4.2 innings of work. He also hit three batters as he falls to 1-1.  The five Spartan errors led to seven of the 12 runs being unearned. For the season, York has allowed 22 runs with only 10 being of the earned variety.

Mark Kalokitis paced the Cardinals as the designated hitter was 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored. Chris McCloud added two hits, five RBI and a pair of runs scored including his second home run of the year, a three-run shot in the first.

Five Spartans had multiple hits in the game. King, Pitzer, and Cohen each had a pair of knocks and an RBI while sophomore J.J. Oleniacz (Great Falls, Va./Langley) also had a pair of hits in his first start in the Green and White.

York outhit the Cardinals 15-12 and stranded 13 runners in the game.

The Spartans return to action on Wednesday with a split double header. The Spartans play North Carolina Wesleyan at 9:00 am followed by a contest against Mt. Aloysius at noon.

Jimmy King photo courtesy of Bob King