Rowell Shutouts Spartans in CAC Touranment Second Round

FREDERICKSBURG, VA  - The York College softball squad saw their offense silenced in the second round of the 2009 Capital Athletic Conference tournament as the University of Mary Washington Eagles shutout the Spartans 3-0 on Friday in Fredericksburg, VA. The Spartans now fall into the losers bracket of the tournament where they will face Wesley on Saturday morning.

York falls to 25-11 with the loss while the Eagles are now 24-14-1. The Eagles advance to face the top-seeded Salisbury Sea Gulls in Saturday’s second game.

The Spartans could never solve senior pitcher Kirsten Rowell as she stymied the Green and White all day. Rowell did not allow a base runner until Kristen Gray (Mickleton, N.J./Kingsway Regional) singled with two outs in the fourth. The Spartans got a lead off single in the seventh from Heather Bormann (Brick, N.J./Brick). However, Bormann would be erased on fielder’s choice as the Spartans never got a runner past first base in seven innings.

The Eagles got all the offense they needed in the third as they got to Spartan starter Brittany Therres (Hughesville, Md./Thomas Stone) for a single tally.  Monique DeZarn singled, moved to third on a double from Cathy Hull and scored on a Morgan Lamon ground out to second base.

Mary Washington added a pair of huge insurance runs in the fifth as Elizabeth Crowe had an RBI double while Kim Olinger added an RBI single to center.

Hull and Amanda Adams each had multiple hits for the Eagles while Lamon was 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Crowe and Olinger each added a hit and an RBI to the Eagle offensive effort.

Rowell earned the win as she improves to 18-5. She allowed just the two hits as she struck out ten. She faced just two batters over the minimum in the game.

Therres pitched well as she suffered the loss. Therres, who is now 12-6, allowed three runs on nine hits with three strikeouts and no walks.

The Spartans will return to action on Saturday morning in Salisbury, MD as they face Wesley in the CAC Quarterfinals. Game one is slated for a 10:00 am start.

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Photo: Kristen Gray had one of the two Spartans' hits on Friday.