YORK, PA – York College freshman right-hander Elliot Mortimer (Whitehall, Pa./Whitehall) tossed a four-hit complete game as the Spartans notched a 5-1 win over Frostburg State University in the second round of the 2014 Capital Athletic Conference on Friday in York.
York, the tournament's top seed, advances to face Salisbury University on Saturday morning at nine. The Spartans improve to 22-5 overall while the Bobcats see their run in the tournament come to a close. Frostburg State is now 23-10 overall.
The Bobcats wasted little time in getting on the board as they reached Mortimer for a run in the bottom of the first. Ricky Castro drew a rare walk with one out. Castro scored when Kevin Kean stroked a double to deep left center that just eluded a diving Andrew Hershey (Lancaster, Pa./Penn Manor) for an RBI double.
The Spartans tied the game in the third as J.J. Oleniacz (Great Falls, Va./Langley) doubled down the right field line to get the Spartans started. Hershey moved Oleniacz to third with a single. Brad Wenzel (Blandon, Pa./Fleetwood Area) banged into a fielder's choice to score Oleniacz to tie the game at one. The Spartans would get runners at second and third with one out but Bobcat starter Ryan Redinger would get a strikeout and a ground out to escape further damage.
Redinger's third inning Houdini act would only delay the Spartan offense as they got it going in the fifth. Wenzel ripped his second hit of the game to start the frame. Colbe Herr (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) then singled Wenzel to third. After a strikeout, Stephen Miele (Allentown, Pa./Salisbury) laced a 1-2 pitch to right to score Wenzel and move Herr to third. The Spartans then pulled off a double steal as Herr scored the third run of the game for York. Colin Porter (Hanover, Pa./South Western) scored Miele with a double to right as the Spartans took a 4-1 lead.
The Spartans tacked on a run in the top of the ninth to close out the scoring. Wenzel singled with one out, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored a Herr double to left that was blistered down the line.
That would be more than enough as the Mortimer was simply outstanding. He retired 13 straight Bobcats from the end of the fourth through the last out of the eighth. Mortimer gave up a walk and a hit to start the ninth but got back-to-back strikeouts and a foul out to Herr behind the plate to end the game.
Mortimer improves to 5-0 with the win as he allowed the one run with six strikeouts and two walks.
Redinger suffered the loss as he allowed four runs on nine hits in five innings of work. He struck out nine and walked two as he falls to 5-1 with the loss. Nick Huff gave the Bobcats a good effort out of the bullpen as he tossed 3.1 scoreless innings, allowing just one Spartan hit. Zach Lawhorn allowed a run on two hits in 0.1 innings of work.
Wenzel extended his hit streak to 17 games, as he was 3-for-5 with an RBI and a two runs scored. Herr also went 3-for-5 as he drove in one and scored another. Hershey was the third Spartan with multiple hits as he was 2-for-5. Miele added a hit, an RBI and a run scored for York.
Kean banged out two of the Bobcats' four hits as he drove in FSU's lone run. Dylan Shupe and JT Tipton had the other hits for Frostburg State.
The Spartans advance to face Salisbury in the winners bracket game on Saturday morning at 9:00 am at Jaquet Field. The winner of that game advances straight to Sunday's championship round. The Spartans are the top seed in the tournament while the Sea Gulls are the second seed.