The York College baseball team defeated visiting Frostburg State, 13-6, on Wednesday afternoon to improve to 18-3 overall and 13-1 in the Capital Athletic Conference.
York clinched the regular-season CAC title with the win.
Since their 12-game win streak came to an end last week in a one-run conference loss at Mary Washington, the Spartans have started a new streak by winning three straight contests.
York also moved into the NCAA Division III Top-25 rankings Wednesday for the first time all season. The Spartans are ranked No. 24 in the latest National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association/D3baseball.com poll.
The four Spartans at the top of the batting order Wednesday — leadoff man Andrew Hershey, first baseman Brad Wenzel, catcher Colbe Herr and right fielder Stephen Miele — each had multiple hits, combining to go 11-for-17 with nine RBIs and 10 runs scored. Herr hit a three-run home run — his third homer of the year — to right field in the sixth inning.
Shortstop Colin Porter (2-for-5, two RBIs) and second baseman J.J. Oleniacz (2-for-4, two runs scored) also had multiple hits. York has scored 76 combined runs in the last six games and is averaging 9.6 runs a game on the season.
York still sits atop the CAC standings ahead of second-place Christopher Newport (18-12, 10-4). The Spartans next travel to Franklin & Marshall (10-13) for a non-conference matchup Thursday before hosting Christopher Newport in a conference doubleheader Saturday beginning at noon.
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York rolls in women's lacrosse: The York College women's lacrosse team, currently ranked No. 12 in the latest D-III rankings, improved to 10-3 overall and 4-1 in the CAC with an 18-3 conference win at Frostburg (2-11, 0-5).
Sarah Castle, Jocelyn Hudson and Kerri Nicolich each tallied three goals to lead the Spartans on the offensive end, while goalies Ashley Smith (nine saves in 49 minutes of action) and Rachel Donovan (two saves in nearly 11 minutes of play) combined for 11 saves.
Spartans earn softball sweep: The York College softball team has now won four-straight games after sweeping Penn State Harrisburg in a doubleheader Wednesday, winning 6-3 in Game 1 and 5-4 in Game 2.
Katie Maloney, Natalie Fritz and Alyssa Molino paced the Spartans' offense, combining to go 11-for-23 at the plate with four runs scored and three RBIs in the victories. On the mound, Jennifer Taff (9-11) picked up both wins, holding Harrisburg (6-14, 1-7) to three runs (two earned) on eight hits in seven innings in Game 1 and just one hit in four innings of work in Game 2.
The Spartans (12-18, 4-6) won the second game in walk-off fashion in extra innings when Molino scored from third on a sacrifice fly to center off the bat of Amanda Lewis in the eighth inning.