Brad Wenzel again came through in the clutch for the York College baseball team on Monday.
The Spartans' top hitter in several categories, Wenzel drilled a two-out, bases-loaded single to right-center field in the bottom of the 10th inning against visiting Johns Hopkins. The hit scored two runners and gave York a walk-off 6-5 win in extra innings. Wenzel went 3-for-5 with the two RBIs, a run scored and a double in the come-from-behind victory. Leadoff man Andrew Hershey (2-for-3, two runs scored, double) and third baseman Scott Steffy (2-for-5, run scored) also had a pair of hits for the Spartans.
The win improves York's overall record to 23-7. The Spartans, ranked No. 23 in the latest NCAA Division III rankings, have three weeks of non-conference regular-season games left on the schedule as they aim to pad their overall record in the hopes of securing an at-large bid to the NCAA D-III tournament.
Monday's game was York's first since losing back-to-back games Saturday by a combined three runs in the double-elimination Capital Athletic Conference Tournament.
York took an early 1-0 lead Monday in the first inning against Johns Hopkins (18-13) before falling behind 3-1 through four innings. The Spartans tied it with a pair of runs in the fifth and took the lead again with a run in the seventh. But Hopkins tied it with a run in the ninth and went ahead by a run in the top of the 10th before York answered in the bottom half of the frame.
York's starting pitcher Dan Gurganus tossed nine innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on nine hits with six strikeouts and no walks. Reliever Tyler Alexander (1-1) got the win despite giving up a run on two hits and a walk in the 10th.
York is now to 7-3 in one-run games this season. The Spartans next travel to Montclair (N.J.) State (15-14) on Tuesday before returning home for a doubleheader Saturday against Southern Virginia (5-24).
Men's lacrosse: York sophomore Josh Kluver was named the CAC Men's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week after powering the Spartans' defense to a pair of CAC wins to secure the No. 2 seed for the upcoming CAC Tournament. Against St. Mary's, Kluver forced six caused turnovers and scooped up six ground balls. He added a caused turnover in the Spartans' road win at CNU. York, currently ranked No. 15 in the latest NCAA D-III rankings, next plays in the CAC semifinals on Saturday at a time to be determined. The Spartans (14-3 overall) will host the winner of Christopher Newport (10-5) and Mary Washington (13-2).
Women's lacrosse: York senior Erica Mulford was named the CAC Women's Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week after pouring in nine goals as the Spartans went 2-0 to capture the No. 2 seed in the upcoming CAC Tournament. In the win over St. Mary's, Mulford notched three goals with a ground ball. She followed that with six goals on seven shots in the 15-10 win at Christopher Newport on Saturday. She finished the week with nine goals on 14 shots, two ground balls and a caused turnover. York (13-3), ranked No. 13 in the latest NCAA D-III rankings, next plays Saturday in the CAC semifinals at a time to be determined, hosting the winner of Marymount (8-7) and Mary Washington (12-4).