YORK, Pa. – The No. 28 York College baseball team gave up a pair of victories to No. 25 Ithaca on Sunday afternoon by scores of 7-2 and 8-5 at Jaquet Field.
In game one, York (25-10) was unable to maintain the scoring pace set by Ithaca (26-8) and was held to just four hits through the first five innings of play.
The Spartans scored one of its two runs in the third inning on a sacrifice fly by Brad Wenzel (Blandon, Pa./Fleetwood Area) that scored Logan Countryman (Baltimore, Md./Loch Raven) after Countryman led off the inning with a single.
York tallied its second run in the fifth when Scott Steffy (Downingtown, Pa./Dowingtown East) advanced home following an Ithaca fielding error.
York had a good opportunity in the sixth to cut into the 5-2 Bomber lead with a man on third and just one out, but the Spartans grounded into the 5-4-3 inning-ending double play.
Ithaca's John Prendergast picked up the win and remains perfect at 9-0 as he tossed seven innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on eight hits with two strikeouts and one walk.
Dan Gurganus (Prince Frederick, Md./Huntingtown) was credited with the loss and falls to 6-1 as he threw six innings, giving up seven runs, three earned, on 10 hits with one strikeout and one walk.
In game two, the Bomber bats decimated the Spartan pitching early on, as Ithaca jumped out to an 8-0 hit margin through just two innings of play, but failed to build a sizeable lead as the Bombers only led 3-0.
As Ithaca clung to its slim lead, Bomber pitcher Andrew Sanders was a big factor in maintaining that lead, as he allowed zero runs on just six hits through five innings of work.
The Bombers finally broke their lead open in the top of the sixth, scoring five runs on six hits, extending their lead to 8-0 and holding a 17-6 advantage in hits through five and a half innings. However, York made some noise in the bottom of the sixth, scoring two runs on three hits and cut the deficit to six runs heading into the final inning.
Trailing 8-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh, York refused to go away quietly. Andrew Hershey (Lancaster, Pa./Penn Manor) led off and reached base after getting hit by a pitch. Wenzel followed Hershey's at bat with a single and then Colbe Herr (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) walked to load the bases with no outs. Next up was Derek Pitzer (York, Pa./Dallastown) who hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Hershey. Wenzel, who advanced to third on the sacrifice by Pitzer, was then awarded home as the ball scooted out of play following a muffed relay throw at third base.
Now with only one out, down four and a runner on third, York had something cooking. The Spartans tacked on another run when Stephen Miele (Allentown, Pa./Salisbury) grounded out to first to drive in Herr from third and cut the Ithaca lead to three. However, down to their final out, the Spartans' hopes at a comeback came to a close when Colin Porter (Hanover, Pa./South Western) hit a sharp one-hopper down the first base line that was picked by the first baseman who then stepped on the bag to end the game.
Sanders earned the victory for Ithaca an improves to 5-1 as he tossed five innings, giving up zero runs, six hits, with one strikeout and one walk.
Randy Frankenfield (Blue Bell, Pa./Wissahickon) received credit for the loss and falls to 1-1 as he threw two innings, allowing three runs on eight hits with two strikeouts and two walks.
The Spartans return to action on Monday at 4:00 p.m. as they travel to face non-conference neighbor Elizabethtown College.
Colbe Herr photo courtesy of Zack Teator