SELINSGROVE, PA – The York College baseball team downed Susquehanna University 10-7 in a non-conference contest in Selinsgrove, PA on Thursday afternoon.
The Spartans improve to 11-12 overall while the Crusaders fall to 10-13.
York jumped all over the Crusaders early starting with a first inning run. Andrew Hershey (Lancaster, Pa./Penn Manor) doubled, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a Colbe Herr (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) RBI single to left as York took the early lead.
The Green and White tacked on two more runs in the second as freshman Austin Calaman (York, Pa./Dallastown) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Jimmy King (Frederick, Md./Frederick) plated another run with a sacrifice fly, pushing York's lead to 3-0.
The Spartans blew the game open with a five run fifth inning. The inning started with a Herr single followed by a Derek Pitzer (York, Pa./Dallastown) two run homer. The Spartans continued the uprising as Drew Frankenfield (Blue Bell, Pa./Wissahickon) laced an RBI double to right center. Calaman made it 7-0 with a sacrifice fly and Hershey closed out the scoring in the frame with a sacrifice fly to center.
The Spartans pushed the lead to 10-0 with two more runs in the sixth as Justin Cohen (Severn, Md./Old Mill) and Frankenfield each had RBI singles.
The Crusaders broke up the shutout in the seven with a single run before adding a second run in the bottom of the eighth. Things then got a little tight for the Spartans as Susquehanna took advantage of two York errors to plate five runs before sophomore Mike Sarecky (Brookeville, Md./Sherwood) closed out the win for the Spartans.
Junior David Walker (Hanover, Pa./South Western) earned the win as he tossed seven strong innings as he improves to 1-1. Walker allowed one run on four hits with two strikeouts and two walks. Sarecky picked up the save as he got a ground out to short to end the game. The save is his second of the year.
Luc Kocher suffered the loss for Susquehanna as he allowed three runs on four hits with three strikeouts and two walks in four innings of work. He is now 1-4 for the year. The next three pitchers that followed Kocher out of the Crusader pen combined to allow seven runs on nine hits with a walk and a strikeout as the Spartans surged to the win.
Herr and Cohen led the Spartan offense with three hits each while they both also scored twice and drove in another. Frankenfield finished the game 2-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored while Pitzer finished the game 2-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI. King was the fifth Spartan with multiple hits as he was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Nick Kennedy led Susquehanna, as he was 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. Nick Ferlise was 1-for-4 with two RBI while Dylan Glassmire was 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
The Spartans banged out 15 hits, which tied a season-high. It is a mark they have reached three other times this season.
The Spartans return to action this weekend with a key three-game Capital Athletic Conference against first-place Mary Washington. The teams will square off for a pair of seven inning games on Saturday followed by a nine-inning contest on Sunday afternoon. First pitch for both days is set for 1:00 pm.