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Spartans Open CAC Campaign with Pair of Wins
YORK, PA-The York College softball team swept a Capital Athletic Conference doubleheader against Villa Julie College on Wednesday afternoon in York, PA. The Spartans edged the Mustangs 5-4 in the opener and then completed the sweep with a 5-0 win in the nightcap. The Spartans improve to 8-4 overall and 2-0 in the CAC while the Mustangs fall to 5-9 overall and 0-6 in the CAC.
In the opener, Villa Julie took a 1-0 lead courtesy of a Jessica O’Neill solo homer to center in the top of the second. The Mustangs pushed the lead to 2-0 in the top of the third as Jackie Wineke singled, advanced to second on a bunt and went to third on an opposite field single by Liz Penniman. Wineke came around to score when leftfielder Andrea Tombesi (Dallastown, Pa./Dallastown) bobbled Penniman’s single as the Mustangs built on their lead.
The Spartans responded with a single run in the bottom of the third as Kelly Smith (Riverdale, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) plated Heather Bormann (Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial) on a safety squeeze. The green and white took the lead one inning later as Sam Lawrence (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) blooped in a two-out, two-run double down the left field line that eluded shortstop Laura Bedgar and left fielder Jaquelyn Dorsey. Lawrence came around to score when Smith hit a ball to left that Dorsey dropped, allowing York to take a 4-2 lead.
Villa Julie tied the game at four when Lindsey Mueller hit a two-run homer left in the top of the fifth.
York’s game winning rally came in the bottom of the fifth as Michelle Barwick (Cockeysville, Md./Dulaney) singled up the middle to lead off the frame. Barwick advanced to second on an Ali Merrifield (York, Pa./Dallastown) sacrifice bunt. Freshman Kristen Gray (Mickleton, N.J./Kingsway Regional) then plated her classmate with a sharp single up the middle, giving the Spartans the lead for good.
Spartan starter Megan Lahner (Finksburg, Md./Westminster) allowed two runners to reach in the seventh inning but she worked her way out of trouble to post the complete game victory. Lahner allowed four runs, three earned, on 11 hits with one strikeout and one walk. She improves to 4-0 with the victory.
Sarah Moelter was the hard-luck loser as she allowed five runs, one earned, on 10 hits in six innings pitched. She walked two and struck out one as she falls to 3-4.
Offensively, Lawrence paced the Spartans as she was 3-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Bormann was 2-for-3 with two runs scored while Gray was 2-for-3 with the game-winning RBI. Barwick continues to hit the ball well as she was 2-for-3 with a run scored. Smith collected the other Spartan hit as she was 1-for-4 with an RBI.
Penniman led the Mustangs as she was 3-for-4 with three opposite field singles. O’Neill was 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Jessica Bandzwolek and Wineke each added two hits to the Mustang offense.
In the nightcap, the Spartans got all the runs they would need in the bottom of the third inning. The frame began with an Amanda Atieh (West Milford, N.J./West Milford) double to right center. Bormann singled to center to score Atieh. Bormann moved to third as centerfielder Wineke misplayed the ground ball for a two-base error. Bormann scored when Lawrence laid down a bunt single. Smith scored Lawrence with a triple down the rightfield line. Smith scored when Merrifield singled to first, closing out the scoring in the inning.
York added a fifth run when Gray launched a long homer down the right field line for her first collegiate bomb in the bottom of the sixth.
Senior Megan Mickles (Havertown, Pa./Haverford) was again outstanding as she twirled her second consecutive shutout. Mickles scattered three singles while she struck out 10 and, most importantly, walked just one as she improves to 3-2. Mickles shutout Millersville on Monday and has throw 14 straight scoreless innings. She has allowed just six hits with 17 strikeouts and five walks over the last two games.
Julianne Roper suffered the loss as she allowed five runs on eight hits in six innings. She falls to 1-4 with the loss.
The Spartan offense was paced by Lawrence and Gray as they each went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Bormann and Smith each added a hit, an RBI, and a run scored.
Sam Rice, Penniman, and Mueller each had singles to comprise the Mustang offense.
The Spartans return to action on Saturday afternoon as they host Mary Washington in a key CAC doubleheader at Spartan Stadium. Game one is set to begin at 12:00 pm.
Megan Mickles photo courtesy of Eric Linsley