YORK, PA – The York College baseball squad finished out the 2013 season in impressive fashion as they bounced Centennial Conference champion Franklin & Marshall 14-3 on a sunny but windy Sunday afternoon in York.
The Spartans conclude their campaign with a mark of 22-21 while the Diplomats, who will be playing in the NCAA Tournament next week, conclude their regular season with a mark of 23-19.
The Diplomats opened the scoring in the first as Spartan starter Josh Kohn (Derwood, Md./Col. Zadok Magruder) walked the first three hitters he faced before Kevin Shields lifted a sacrifice fly to centerfield. Kohn got the next hitter to bounce into a 6-4-3 double play, ending a potentially big inning with just one run allowed.
The Spartan offense didn't take long to pick up their senior starter as York struck for four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Junior Colin Porter (Hanover, Pa./South Western) delivered the big blow in the inning with a bases loaded double to deep center on a full count with two outs. Porter came around to score two batters later when Jimmy King (Frederick, Md./Frederick) singled through the left side of the infield.
York pushed the lead to 8-1 with four more runs in the bottom of the second. Senior Justin Cohen (Severn, Md./Old Mill) pushed in the first two runs of the frame with a two-run single down the right field line. Senior Nic Long (North Wildwood, N.J./Wildwood Catholic) scored Cohen with a sacrifice fly and sophomore J.J. Oleniacz (Great Falls, Va./Langley) pushed across the fourth run of the frame with a bases loaded walk.
The Diplomats scored single runs in both the third and fourth innings, cutting York's lead to 8-3.
The Spartans put the game away with a King sacrifice fly in the fourth and another four-run inning in the fifth as senior Drew Frankenfield (Blue Bell, Pa./Wissahickon) blasted a grand slam. York picked up an unearned run in the sixth to conclude the scoring in the contest.
Frankenfield made his final collegiate game a memorable one, as he was 3-for-6 with four RBI and two runs scored. Porter finished the game 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored while Cohen closed out his career with two hits, two RBI and three runs scored. King, Oleniacz, and Colbe Herr (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) each added two hits.
The 16 hits mark the seventh straight game that the Spartans accumulated double digit hits in a game. York hit .345 over their final 11 games as they averaged 6.7 runs per game over that stretch.
The Diplomats had six difference players record a hit in the game with Brandon Theriault and Brian Erb picking up doubles for F&M.
Sophomore Zach Philippi (Levittown, Pa./Harry S. Truman) picked up the win in relief as he tossed 2.0 scoreless innings, allowing one hit with three strikeouts and three walks. Philippi improves to 2-0 with the win. Kohn started and went 3.1 innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on two hits with six walks and three strikeouts. Tyler Alexander (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) and Matt Goodman (Owing Mills, Md./Franklin) combined to pitch the final 3.2 innings as they kept the Diplomats off the board with four strikeouts and three hits.
Seven Diplomat pitchers saw action in the game as Alex Guerra took the loss as he allowed eight runs, four earned, on six hits with five walks and two strikeouts.
Prior to the game, the Spartans honored their six-man senior class. Dustin Worthman (Tabernacle, N.J./Seneca), Cohen, Frankenfield, Kohn, King, and Long were recognized for their careers in the Green and White. The class combined to win 83 games over the last four years.