March 16, 2014

Gurganus Twirls a Complete Game Gem as the Spartans Earn 8-0 Win

ASHLAND, VA –The York College baseball squad notched their fourth straight win as junior Dan Gurganus (Prince Frederick, Md./Huntingtown) threw a complete game shutout to lead the Spartans to an 8-0 non-conference win at Randolph-Macon College on Sunday afternoon in Ashland, VA.

The Spartans improve to 7-2 overall while the Yellow Jackets fall to 9-7.

York got off to a great start in the first. After the first two Spartans were retired, Colbe Herr (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) reached on an infield single. Herr stole second and came home on a Stephen Miele (Allentown, Pa./Salisbury) RBI single to center. Miele stole second, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a Derek Pitzer (York, Pa./Dallastown) RBI infield single. After Pitzer stole second, Colin Porter (Hanover, Pa./South Western) scored Pitzer with the third run of the inning with an RBI single to center.

York pushed the lead to 5-0 with two runs in the top of the fourth and then 6-0 on an Andrew Hershey (Lancaster, Pa./Penn Manor) RBI single to right center in the top of the sixth.

The Spartans closed out the scoring with a two-spot in the top of the ninth.

That would be more than enough for Gurganus as he tossed his first career nine-inning complete game shutout. He scattered eight hits with three strikeouts and a pair of walks. Seven of the eight hits he allowed were singles. The Spartan defense did its job as York rolled over four double plays in the win. Gurganus improves to 2-0 with the win. The shutout is his fourth career whitewash while the complete game is the seventh in his career but just his first nine inning complete game.

In his last two starts, Gurganus has tossed 15 innings, allowing no runs on 12 hits with six strikeouts.

RMC starter Jamie Hendrick suffered the loss as he allowed five runs, four earned on eight hits in five innings of work. It is his first loss in four decisions this season.

The Spartans banged out 13 hits in the win as Porter went a perfect 4-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Hershey added two hits, two RBI and a run scored while Miele and Pitzer each added a pair of hits, a run scored, and an RBI.

The Spartans now have double digit hits in seven of their nine games for the year.

Tim Benjamin and Michael Trentham each had two hits in the loss while Benjamin had the Yellow Jackets' only extra base hit with his fifth inning double.

The Spartans are slated to return to action on Tuesday afternoon when they are scheduled to host PSU-Harrisburg in a CAC contest. First pitch from Jaquet Field is set for 3:30 pm. The game will be the first home game for the Spartans in 2014.

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