April 11, 2009

Salisbury Sweeps Spartans; York Loses Coin Flip for Second

YORK, PA – The York College softball team lost two games on the field and one coin flip off as the Spartans had a tough Saturday. The Spartan dropped a pair to Salisbury University in a Capital Athletic Conference showdown and then lost the coin flip against Mary Washington for the second seed in the upcoming CAC tournament.

In game one of the doubleheader, the Sea Gulls tallied three runs in the sixth inning for a 3-0 win while the Gulls capped the sweep with a 7-0 win in the nightcap.

The Spartans fall to 23-9 for the season and 9-3 in the CAC while the Sea Gulls, who have won 23 straight, improve to 27-4 overall and 12-0 in the CAC.

In the opener, Spartan starter Brittany Therres (Hughesville, Md./Thomas Stone) and Sea Gull starter Stacy Davis locked in a great pitchers dual.

Salisbury had the first great scoring opportunity of the game as they loaded the bases in the third with one out on three straight hits. Sea Gull second baseman Stacey Malarkey lined a shot at her York counterpart, Meghan Van Meter (Hanover, Md./Archbishop Spalding), for the out. Salisbury’s Kelly Waskewicz, who was on third base, took off for the plate. Van Meter initially threw to home but Spartan catcher Julie Norris (Frederick, Md./Frederick) fired the ball to third to get a retreating Waskewicz for the double play.

York had a scoring chance with two outs in the fourth as they got runners at second and third with two outs but Davis got out of the jam with a strikeout. York put two more runners on in the fifth but would be unable to get them home as the game remained scoreless.

The Sea Gulls finally got on the board in the top of the sixth. Malarkey doubled to right center with one out to start the Salisbury uprising. Ali Ritter singled up the middle off Van Meter’s glove, advancing Malarkey to third, putting Sea Gulls at first and third with one out. Davis then hit a ground ball to short. Spartan Heather Bormann (Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial) looked Malarkey back to third and fired to first for the out. Malarkey took off for home and used an outstanding hook slide to touch the plate around the tag of Norris, recording the game’s first run. Kristin Lord then gave the Sea Gulls a pair of huge insurance runs as she blasted a 1-2 Therres offering to deep left, giving the guests a 3-0 lead.

The Spartans threatened in the seventh as Therres singled and Van Meter doubled to lead off the seventh. Davis then recorded three straight out to post the shutout.

Davis earned the complete game shutout as she allowed seven hits with seven strikeouts and two walks. Davis improves to 14-2 with the win.  Therres was tagged with the tough-luck loss as she allowed three runs on 11 hits with no strikeouts or walks in seven innings. She falls to 11-5 with the setback.

Waskewicz led the Gulls as she was 3-for-4. Lauren Brenneman and Ali Ritter each had a pair of hits while Lord was 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored.

Van Meter paced the Spartan offense as she was 2-for-3 with York’s only extra base hit, her seventh inning double.

Game two proved to be all Sea Gulls from the start. Salisbury struck for single runs in the first, third, and fourth innings while they scored two runs in both the second and sixth innings.

The Spartans, however, would struggle on offense as Sea Gull hurler Kelsey Mills handcuffed the Spartans the entire game. York didn’t get their first hit until pitcher Sam Koehl (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson) doubled to deep center to lead off the seventh inning. York loaded the bases in the frame but Mills preserved the shutout with a strikeout to keep York off the scoreboard.

Mills picked up the complete game shutout as she allowed one hit with six strikeouts and four walks. Mills improves to 11-2 with the win. Mills was so dominate that the Green and White did not get a ball to the outfield until Van Meter flied out in the fifth inning.

Koehl suffered the loss as she allowed seven runs on 12 hits with a walk. She falls to 12-4 with the loss.

Waskewicz and Brittany Lounge each went 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI. Brenneman was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI while Jen Cahall was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

In addition to Koehl’s seventh double of the year, Caitlin Keppler (Owings, Md./Northern) drew a pair of walks for the Green and White.

Off the field, the Spartans, who finished tied with Mary Washington at 9-3 in the CAC and split with the Eagles earlier in the year, lost the coin toss for second place. The Spartans will now host sixth seeded Stevenson in the opening round of the CAC Tournament on Tuesday afternoon. First pitch for the game is set for 4:00 pm.

Before the Spartans face the Mustangs, York will host Bridgewater College in a non-conference doubleheader. Game one at Spartan Stadium is slated for 2:00 pm.

GAME ONE BOX

GAME TWO BOX

Photo: Meghan Van Meter led the Spartan offense with two game-one hits.

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