YORK, Pa. – The No. 7 Salisbury University baseball team dropped a doubleheader Saturday to York College of Pennyslvania; 6-5 in game one and 5-3 in the back end of the twin bill.
Salisbury (13-6, 5-4) fought hard in game one but the Spartans were able to push across the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.
York (9-2, 5-0) jumped out to an early lead, scoring three runs in the first inning off starter Dan Fein.
Neither team would score over the next three frames before the Sea Gulls evened the score in the top of the fifth inning. Senior Ken O'Neill doubled to lead off the inning, and would come around to score after a passed ball and throwing error trying to cut him down at home with junior Austin Barefoot at bat.
Barefoot reached base with a single and was moved up to third base with consecutive outs. With two outs, junior Tyler Illian reached on an error by the York shortstop, allowing Barefoot to score to narrow the Spartan lead to 3-2. Two batters later, junior Bobby Sanzone singled up the middle to score Illian for a 3-3 game.
The Spartans would score runs in the sixth and seventh innings to retake the lead. Salisbury would tie the score in the top of the ninth, when senior Quinn Griffith doubled home junior Kyle Hayman and Sanzone singled home freshman Pete Grasso.
The elation would be short lived, when York walked off with a Colbe Herr single that scored Andrew Hershey.
Griffith led the Sea Gulls with three hits in game one, while Hayman and Sanzone each had two. Sanzone knocked in a team-high two runs.
Fein took the loss, going 6 1/3 innings, allowing five runs, all earned, on nine hits. The Southbury, Conn., native struck out a pair while walking one.
The Sea Gulls would show fight in game two as well but it ended up not being enough. Salisbury struck first in game two when Griffith singled through the right side to drive in Hayman for a 1-0 SU lead after the first inning.
York would answer back in its half of the second to tie the game, and then scored three runs in the fourth and another in sixth to take a 5-1 lead.
Salisbury wouldn't answer until the ninth inning but would only be able to push across a pair of runs. Junior Jordan Gowe got the rally started with a one-out single, with Illian coming in to run for him. Illian moved to third on a double by senior Johnny Schiotis and scored on an RBI groundout by O'Neill. Freshman Tom LaBriola was up next and collected an RBI infield single to further cut the lead. Following a single by sophomore Kyle Goodwin, the Sea Gulls had the tying runner on base with two outs but were unable to push across any more runs.
LaBriola led the Sea Gulls with four hits in the contest, setting a new career-high. Hayman, Gowe and Schiotis each had two hits in game two.
Salisbury will next be in action this Wednesday, taking on CAC foe Wesley College, with the contest's first pitch scheduled for 3:30 p.m.