Baseball Splits with Christendom on Church Homer

Brad Church connects for a first-inning three-run blast in the first game of the double-header at Christendom.
Brad Church connects for a first-inning three-run blast in the first game of the double-header at Christendom.

After a 3–1 spring training week in Florida, Penn State York split a double-header at Christendom College on Tuesday, March 12. York took the first game, 4–1, on the strength of Brad Church's (York, Pa. / York Suburban) bat, who hit a three-run home run in the first inning, then doubled in the sixth and came home on an Alex Peters (Bel Air, Md. / Patterson Mill) single.

Avery Penson (York, Pa. / York Suburban) got the start and pitched five quality innings, allowing only one run on five hits and one walk. Ross Murog (York, Pa. / Dallastown) got the final six outs and earned the save for Penn State York, allowing only one hit and recording two strikeouts.

In the nightcap, York jumped out on top with three runs in the first inning, but Christendom came back with two in the bottom half, then scored two more in the fifth inning to squeak out the 4–3 win.

All three Penn State York runs came on Christendom errors. Kent Walker (York, Pa. / Red Lion), Murog, and Brendon Delridge (York, Pa. / York Suburban) combined to give up four runs (zero earned), on six hits and four walks, while striking out seven. Delridge recorded four of those strikeouts in two innings of relief to close out the game.

Penn State York looks to open their home schedule this coming weekend, weather permitting, against other non-conference competition before hosting Penn State Scranton on March 22 as the Pennsylvania University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) schedule gets going.