YORK, Pa. – The No. 23 York College baseball team fell victim to a grueling schedule of six games in the last seven days, combined with a big offensive day for Rutgers-Camden University in a 13-4 loss on Sunday afternoon at Jaquet Field.
Rutgers-Camden (18-7-1) handed York (20-5) its first non-conference loss in over a month. A 2-1 loss to Muhlenberg on March 6 in in the final game of the Spartans' spring trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C marked the last time York fell to a non-CAC school.
Since that loss, the Green and White have gone on a tear, winning 17 of its last 20 games.
The loss today is just the second home loss this season as the Spartans have compiled a 10-2 record at Jaquet field, making it three years in a row in which York has recorded 10 home victories.
In today's contest, the Spartans fell behind 3-0 after one half inning of play due to a three-run home run to right filed by Rutgers-Camden's fist baseman Connor Hall.
The Scarlet Raptors tallied another run in the second and then three more in the fifth to take a 7-1 lead.
York continued to score runs as well, but was unable to keep up with the production that Rutgers-Camden was pouring out. The Spartans chipped away with one run in the fifth on a single by Stephen Miele (Allentown, Pa./Salisbury) to score Hershey and a double in the eighth that hit off the base of the wall in right center by Derek Pitzer (York, Pa./Dallastown) score Miele.
Trailing 7-4 and coming off back-to-back scoring innings heading into ninth, York was still within striking distance. However, the dam broke in the top of the ninth as the Scarlet Raptors poured on six runs with five hits and extend the lead to 13-3.
With two outs in the bottom of the ninth York did not go away quietly. The Spartans tallied one last run as a throwing error by RCU's third baseman allowed Wenzel to score from second after the York first baseman reached on a single earlier in the inning.
Joe Sigismondi earned the win for Rutgers-Camden and improves to 1-0 as he hurled five innings, allowing two runs on seven hits with one strikeout and zero walks.
Tyler Alexander (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) was credited with the loss and earns his first decision of the season as he falls to 0-1 after tossing four innings, giving up four runs on five hits with a career-high seven strikeouts and one walk
Pitzer led the York offense today with three hits as she finished 3-for-4 with an RBI, a double and a run scored. Pitzer's double today is his 14th of the season, which leads the team and is the second most in the conference. Pitzer also has one triple and three home runs, good for a team-leading 18 extra-base hits.
After a 2-for-4 performance at the plate today, Wenzel continues to stay hot as his hit streak extends to 15 games. Knocking in another run today, the Spartan first baseman now has 25 RBI on this current hit streak and has struck out just eight times in his last 63 at bats.
The Spartans earned the No. 1 seed heading into the 2014 Capital Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament after compiling a 14-2 regular-season conference record.
York will face St. Mary's (Md.) in the opening round of the CAC Baseball Tournament on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at Jaquet Field.
York will also host the final three days of the 2014 CAC Baseball Tournament at Jaquet Field, starting on Friday, April 18 and finishing up on Sunday, April 20. Check out cacsports.com for the full tournament schedule.
Derek Pitzer photo courtesy of Scott Guise