Wenzel's Home Run Highlights Eighth-Inning Rally to Lift York Over #6 Rowan
GLASSBORO, N.J. – After being no-hit through five innings and held scoreless through seven, the York College baseball team erupted for five runs in the eighth en route to an 8-4 road victory over No. 6 Rowan on Thursday afternoon.
Senior Brad Wenzel (Blandon, Pa./Fleetwood Area) was the hero of the eighth inning offensive outburst as his three-run blast over the right field fence gave York (27-13) its first lead of the game.
The eighth inning started with Colin Porter (Hanover, Pa./South Western) and Michael Moore (East Berlin, Pa./Bermudian Springs) reaching on back-to-back walks. Next, Sean Mohollen (Rose Valley, Pa./Strath Haven) reached on a fielder's choice and then Logan Countryman (Baltimore, Md./Loch Raven) walked to load the bases with just one out recorded.
With the bases juiced, Andrew Hershey (Lancaster, Pa./Penn Manor) did his job as he put the ball in play and forced a fielding by error Rowan (32-9) that allowed Mohollen and Porter to trot home.
Still with only one out away and runners on base, Wenzel took full advantage of the situation as he poked a shot over the fence and put York ahead 5-3.
Rowan put the pressure back on York as RU scored one run in the bottom of the eighth and cut the Spartan lead to 5-4 heading into the ninth.
In the ninth, York started off the inning with back-to-back walks for the second consecutive inning as Stephen Miele (Allentown, Pa./Salisbury) and Porter reached base. Then, just like the eighth inning, York loaded the bases with another base on balls with just one out recorded.
York once again capitalized on the opportunity as Scott Steffy (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown East) poked a two-RBI single through the left side. Next up was Hershey who recorded an RBI groundout to score Dan Hare (Felton, Pa./Kennard-Dale) from third to push the Spartan lead to the eventual final score of 8-4.
All-CAC selection Dan Gurganus (Prince Frederick, Md./Huntingtown) earned the victory for York and improves to 7-1 as he tossed seven and one-third innings, allowing four runs, two earned, on seven hits with two strikeouts and three walks.
After rolling out eight different arms to the mound, Rowan's Corey Feigenbaum was credited with the loss and falls to 2-1 as he pitched the final two-thirds of the eighth inning, giving up two runs on one hit with one strikeout.
The win today is a big boost to York's chances at receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Spartans will look to continue their pursuit of the postseason as they return home on Saturday to face Stevenson. First pitch is slated for 2:00 p.m.
Brad Wenzel photo courtesy of David Sinclair