The York College baseball team opened up its stay in the 2012 Capital Athletic Conference Tournament with an 8-5 win over visiting Stevenson University in the event's first round on Tuesday.
The Spartans have won four straight and nine of their last 13 to improve to 17-17 overall. The Mustangs fell to 18-18-2.
Steve Tretter led the Spartans, going 2-for-4 with four RBIs and a run scored. His double was his team-leading 17th of the year while his three-run home run was his fourth of the year. Andrew Hershey finished the game 2-for-3 with two RBIs, while Colbe Herr added two hits, two runs scored and an RBI.
The Spartan bullpen was outstanding. Dan McNamara tossed two scoreless innings, while senior Brandon Ullom earned his eighth save of the year with a 11/3-inning outing in which he allowed one base runner. The save for Ullom broke the Spartan career record, passing former Spartan standout Ed Meister for the all-time mark. Ullom now has 13 career saves.
Starter Tommy Moran earned the victory to improve to 5-2. He allowed five runs, three earned, on eight hits with four strikeouts and three walks in 51/3 innings.
The Spartans now face Wesley in the second round of the tournament on Friday afternoon at top-seeded Salisbury. The Spartans, who are the No. 2 seed, and the Wolverines, who are the No. 4 seed, play at 4 p.m.
OTHER YORK COLLEGE EVENTS
WOMEN'S LACROSSE TEAM ENDS REGULAR SEASON WITH WIN: The York College women's lacrosse team, which is ranked No. 11 in NCAA Division III, closed out its 2012 regular season on Tuesday with a 12-7 CAC victory over host St. Mary's (Md.). The Spartans are now 13-3 overall, tying their all-time single-season wins record, which was set last year. They're also a record-setting 7-1 in CAC play. The Seahawks fell to 8-8 and 4-4. Sophomore attack Erica Mulford led the Spartans, posting three goals. She has 32 on the season, which is second on the team. Leah Schultz, Kasie White and Kim Wayson each posted two goals for the Spartans. Wayson leads York with 50 goals. Kelsey Evans picked up the win in the cage, making four saves. The Spartans will now get a first-round bye in the CAC Tournament and are slated to return to action at 4 p.m. Tuesday, when they will host the winner of the game between No. 13 Mary Washington and Marymount in the CAC semifinals.
SOFTBALL TEAM SUF FERS TOUGH LOSS: Frostburg State got a walk-off two-run homer by Shari Beavers to edge visiting York College 5-3 in the opening round of the CAC Softball Tournament on Tuesday. The Bobcats improved to 21-14. The Spartans fell to 11-20 and now have the unenviable task of going to top-seeded Salisbury at 4 p.m. Thursday. York must win that game to stay alive in the double-elimination event. Senior Brittany Therres suffered the loss. She allowed five runs on eight hits in 62/3 innings. She struck out one and walked two to fall to 10-12. York's Hannah Hugel went 2-for-4 with a run scored, while Therres was 2-for-3 with a run scored. Sara Thacker chipped in with a hit and an RBI.