The York College baseball team is starting to make it a habit of rallying for narrow victories.
A day after coming from two runs down to win in extra innings over St. Mary's on Wednesday, the Spartans stunned Penn State Harrisburg on Thursday, earning a 4-3 win on the road in Capital Athletic Conference play.
Tied 3-3 entering the ninth inning, York (11-5, 6-1 CAC) scored the all-important run in the top of the ninth. York Catholic High School graduate Patrick Clement did the damage in the inning, belting a two-out solo home run to push the Spartans ahead, 4-3. Ben Demchak then came on for the bottom half of the frame to pick up his first save of the season. He pitched a clean inning, allowing just a walk and striking out one.
PSU Harrisburg (7-15, 3-5 CAC) struck first, scoring a run in the bottom of the fourth inning. York came back immediately to tie it in the top of the fifth and then took a 3-1 lead with two runs in the top of the seventh on a two-run home run by Grant Oberholtzer. The Lions pulled back to within a run by plating one in the bottom of the seventh and then tied the game in the bottom of the eighth.
Olberholtzer was the only Spartan player to have multiple hits and multiple RBIs in the game, collecting two each.
Starter Joel Kenney pitched a strong game for York, going 6 1/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out nine. After allowing the tying run to score, reliever Jeff Noss picked up the win by tossing 1 2/3 innings, allowing a run on two hits.
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The Spartans won the first game, 8-1, and then needed extras to take the second game, 7-5, in eight innings.
Starting with the second game, York (14-8) broke a 5-5 tie after regulation with a pair of runs in the top of the eighth. Katie Maloney broke the deadlock with an RBI triple and then later scored on a sacrifice fly by Carleigh Ruleman. Ginger Lewis completed her relief-appearance win with a clean bottom half of the inning. The Diplomats fell to 2-12. Savannah Zittle, Maloney and Joanna Marmo each drove in two runs for York.
In the first game, York erupted for four runs in the top of the second and extended its lead to 7-0 after five innings to roll to the win. The Spartans held a 13-3 advantage in hits, led by Ashley Werner's three-hit game. Ruleman also belted a homer. Lewis wound up pitching a complete game to earn the win, striking out nine.