The York College baseball team used a come-from-behind effort for the second day in a row to keep its hot start to the season going.
At Penn State Harrisburg on Wednesday afternoon, the Spartans trailed by a run heading to the ninth inning, when they scored two runs and pulled out a 2-1 victory. As a result, York improved to 13-2 overall and 9-0 in the Capital Athletic Conference. The Spartans also avoided what would have been a big upset at PSU Harrisburg (4-18, 1-9).
York got a great performance out of starting pitcher Dan Gurganus. The junior right-hander tossed a complete game, giving up the one run on seven hits with five strikeouts and no walks. His teammates finally gave him the lead in the top of the ninth inning. With runners at first and second and two outs, York tied it up on an error and went ahead on a game-winning RBI single from freshman Logan Countryman that scored senior Colin Porter, who is a South Western High School graduate. Countryman (3-for-4, RBI) and Stephen Miele (2-for-4) were York's only players with multiple hits.
Gurganus closed out the contest with a perfect ninth inning, setting Harrisburg down in order and striking out the final two batters.
The Spartans will return home Thursday to host Messiah (8-7) in a non-conference matchup at 3:30 p.m.
OTHER YORK COLLEGE EVENTS
Women's lacrosse team wins: The York College women's lacrosse team, ranked No. 11 in the country in the latest NCAA Division III rankings, improved to 8-3 overall with a 10-4 non-conference win Wednesday afternoon at Catholic University (5-4) in Washington, D.C.
Senior Kerri Nicolich (three goals), freshman Marissa Gochar (two goals) and senior Melissa Ritchey (two goals, two assists) paced the Spartans' offense, while senior goalie Ashley Smith made eight saves.
York will now return home for its next contest Saturday at noon against visiting conference foe Mary Washington (8-3). York last faced Mary Washington in the conference semifinals a year ago, coming out on top with a 12-5 win.
Men's lacrosse team wins tight one: The York College men's lacrosse team, ranked No. 19 in the country in the latest D-III rankings, held on for a 8-7 conference win Wednesday night at Frostburg State (9-3, 2-2) to improve to 9-3 overall and 3-1 in the CAC.
York led by a goal after each of the first three periods and each team scored a pair of goals in the final period, with Frostburg making it a one-score game with 6:48 to play but failing to tie it up the rest of the way. Sophomore Andrew Gamble and junior Tyler Hutson each tallied three goals to pace York, while James Anderson and Caleb Abney combined for 15 saves in goal.
York will return home to play host to winless Southern Virginia (0-11) in a non-conference match-up Friday at 4:30 p.m.
Softball team swept: The York College softball team is still in search of its first conference win after being swept in a doubleheader against visiting Mary Washington (9-6, 4-0) on Wednesday, losing 4-0 in Game 1 and 3-0 in Game 2.
The Spartans (8-14, 0-4) were held to one hit in the first game but collected six hits in the second game, with Natalie Fritz (2-for-4) being the only Spartan with multiple hits in the latter contest.
York next hosts Franklin & Marshall (13-7) in a non-conference doubleheader Thursday beginning at 3 p.m.
Tennis teams swept: The York College men's tennis team fell to 4-4 overall and 0-2 in the CAC with a 8-1 loss against visiting Salisbury (7-2, 2-0) on Wednesday. Daniel Erk picked up York's lone match win by winning his singles contest, 6-2, 6-4.
On the women's side, York was swept, 9-0, for the second day in a row, this time losing to conference opponent Salisbury (6-5, 2-0) to drop to 1-7 overall and 0-2 in the CAC.