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Great Pitching Lifts Spartans to Sweep
YORK, PA – The York College baseball team got a much needed sweep of St. Mary's College to close out the team's Capital Athletic Conference series on a beautiful Saturday in York. The Spartans won game one 6-1 and completed the sweep with a 3-2 win in the nightcap.
The Spartans improve to 9-11 overall and 3-6 in the CAC while the Seahawks fall to 10-16 overall while they are also 3-6 in the league.
In game one, Spartan starter Josh Miller (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y./Briarcliff) was fantastic as the sophomore continues to throw the ball very well for the Green and White. Miller has won his last two starts as he has allowed just one run and eight hits in his last 14 innings of work, both conference wins.
The Spartan offense got Miller all the runs he would need in the third. Senior Dustin Worthman (Tabernacle, N.J./Seneca) ripped a two-run single and then scored on a Colbe Herr (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) double. Herr came around to score on a Justin Cohen (Severn, Md./Old Mill) sacrifice fly as the Spartans plated four runs in the inning.
The Seahawks spoiled Miller's bid for a second consecutive shutout as Corey Napier opened the top of the seventh with a solo home run.
Miller finished the game to earn the complete game victory as he improves to 3-1. The sophomore lefty allowed the one run on six hits with five strikeouts and no walks in seven innings.
Wick Eisenberg suffered the loss as he allowed six runs on six hits with two strikeouts and two hit batters in four-plus innings of work. He falls to 1-5 with the loss.
Herr, Porter, and Andrew Hershey (Lancaster, Pa./Penn Manor) each had two hits to pace York. Herr and Porter each had an RBI while Hershey scored twice. Worthman finished the game 1-for-2 with two RBI and two runs scored.
Napier had two of St. Mary's six hits including his first home run of the year.
In the nightcap, York jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first thanks to back-to-back sacrifice flies from Cohen and Frankenfield.
The Seahawks got on the board with a pair of runs in the fourth as a Spartan error opened the door for St. Mary's. Alex Lenovitz made the error hurt with a two-out, two-run single, tying the game for SMC.
The Green and White put together the game-winning rally in the sixth as Worthman and Herr walked to open the inning. A fielder's choice by Cohen didn't result in an out as York loaded the bases with no outs. Frankenfield plated the game-winner with his second sacrifice fly of the game. The Spartans could have gotten more but reliever Ben Goldsmith got a pop out and a strike out to get the Seahawks out of the inning without any further damage.
That one run would stand up thanks to Zach Philippi (Levittown, Pa./Harry S. Truman) as the sophomore closed out the game with a perfect seventh inning including two strikeouts.
Philippi earned the win in relief of starter David Walker (Hanover, Pa./South Western) as he now is 1-0 for the campaign. Philippi tossed 2.1 perfect innings as he retired all seven batters he faced. Walker allowed two unearned runs in his 4.2 innings of work as he scattered three hits with five strikeouts and three walks in the no-decision.
Sam Beatty suffered the loss for St. Mary's as he allowed three runs on four hits with three strikeouts and two walks in 5.1 innings of work. He falls to 0-2 for the year.
Frankenfield drove in two of the three Spartan runs while Cohen had the other RBI. The Spartans managed only four hits in the game but it was enough for the win.
Brad Dioguardo had two of the three Seahawk hits while Lenovitz had the other hit with his two-run single.
The Spartans return to action on Monday afternoon when they travel to Shenandoah to face the Hornets in a non-conference contest. Game time in Winchester, VA is set for 3:30 pm on Monday.
Josh Miller photo courtesy of Kyle Gurganious - Athletic Communications Student Photographer