MYRTLE BEACH, SC – The York College baseball squad closed out the Myrtle Beach portion of their spring trip with a 2-1 extra inning loss to Muhlenberg College on a cold and rainy Thursday morning in South Carolina. The Mules pushed across the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the tenth.
The Spartans have their three game win streak snapped as they fall to 3-2. The Mules improve to 4-4 with the walk-off win.
The two starters were outstanding during their stints. York freshman Randy Frankenfield (Blue Bell, Pa./Wissahickon) twirled seven shutout innings as he allowed just three hits with one walk and a strikeout in his first collegiate start.
David Anderson was up the to task as the Mules starter tossed eight shutout innings, limiting the Spartans to a trio of base runners as he allowed a pair of hits with a walk. Anderson struck out five for Muhlenberg.
The Mules had the best scoring opportunity in the first eight innings of the game as they loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh. Frankenfield got Jimmy Armanda to fly out to center to end the frame.
The Spartans opened the scoring in the top of the ninth as senior Andrew Hershey (Lancaster, Pa./Penn Manor) drew a lead off walk and moved to second on a passed ball. Brad Wenzel (Blandon, Pa./Fleetwood Area) sacrificed Hershey to third but the Mules committed an error on the play, allowing Hershey to score the game's first run while Wenzel moved to second. Seth Fenster came out of the pen for the Mules and got a pop up, a line out and a ground out as Wenzel couldn't get home for a crucial insurance run.
The Mules tied the game in the bottom of the ninth courtesy of a lead off walk, a sacrifice bunt, a single and an RBI ground out.
After the Spartans went quietly in the tenth, the Mules got some two out magic. Kurt Johnson singled to left with two outs to get the game-winning uprising started. Johnson then stole second and pinch hitter Max Litvak singled down the right field line to plate Johnson and end the game.
Fenster earned the win with two perfect innings of relief for the Mules. He struck out two and faced the minimum of six batters.
Stephen Miele (Allentown, Pa./Salisbury) suffered the loss out of the pen as he allowed two runs on three hits with a walk and a strikeout in his 1.2 innings of action. He falls to 1-1 with the setback.
The Mules offense received six hits from six different players. Jimmy Cody, Nick Kennedy, and Brett Rosen each had doubles for Muhlenberg. Nick Plinio and Litvak had the RBIs for the Mules.
Wenzel and Derek Pitzer (York, Pa./Dallastown) each had singles for the Spartans as the high flying Spartan offense struggled in the loss.
The Spartans now head north to open their conference slate on Friday afternoon when they face St. Mary's College in St. Mary's City, MD. First pitch is slated for 2:00 pm.
Randy Frankenfield photo courtesy of Mike Falk - Muhlenberg Director of Athletic Communications