Trailing by a run going into the bottom of the third inning, the York College baseball team scored a pair of runs in the bottom half of the frame and exploded for seven runs the next inning en route to a 10-5 non-conference win over visiting Messiah on Thursday afternoon.
The Spartans have now won 11 straight games, improving to 14-2 overall. Their last three games have been come-from-behind victories.
York's first three batters at the top of the lineup (senior center fielder Andrew Hershey, senior first baseman Brad Wenzel and senior catcher Colbe Herr) combined to go 7 for 15 at the plate with four RBIs and six runs scored to lead the Spartans' attack. Teammate J.J. Oleniacz, a junior second baseman, also went for 2 for 4 with a pair of RBIs and a run scored. York collected 10 hits.
The Spartans will next hit the road for a Capital Athletic Conference doubleheader at Mary Washington on Friday. Should they win both games, the Spartans would match the program's best start since 2009 (16-2). York will return home Saturday for a doubleheader against conference foe Wesley beginning at noon.
OTHER YORK COLLEGE EVENTS
Golf team takes fourth: The York College men's golf team placed fourth out of 20 teams Thursday at Elizabethtown's Blue Jay Classic held at the Hershey Country Club.
The Spartans finished with a 308 total. Messiah won the event at 289, followed by Franklin & Marshall (296) and McDaniel (303).
Freshman Anthony Wagner led York with a 4-over-par 75, finishing tied for 10th. The Spartans' other scoring golfers were sophomore Ryan Wolbach, 77, tied for 19th, and junior David Boslough and senior Kevin Long, 78, tied for 25th.
Softball team swept: The York College softball team has now lost 10 games in a row after being swept in a doubleheader by visiting Franklin & Marshall on Thursday.
York tallied nine runs in Thursday's Game 1 but lost, 15-9. In Game 2, the Spartans went to extra innings after neither team managed to score a run in the first seven innings. It was in the eighth inning when York's freshman starting pitcher, Jennifer Taff (6-9), surrendered a run to take the loss, with F&M winning 1-0. Taff surrendered eight hits with four strikeouts and one walk. Leadoff hitter Katie Maloney, a freshman, paced York's offense by going a combined 5 for 8 with two runs and two RBIs.
York fell to 8-16, while F&M improved to 15-7.