Therres Hurls a Gem as Spartans Blank Mustangs

YORK, PA – The York College Spartan softball team rode the shutout effort of freshman right-hander Brittany Therres (Hughesville, Md./Thomas Stone) as they defeated Stevenson University 6-0 in the opening round of the Capital Athletic Conference tournament on Thursday afternoon in York. The Spartans advance to the second round to face the University of Mary Washington on Friday in Fredericksburg.

The Spartans improve to 25-10 overall with the win while the Mustangs fall to 13-18.

The Mustangs looked like they were going to get to Therres in the first inning as Stacey Rouse led off the game with a double to left center. Therres got a sacrifice bunt for the first out before coaxing Jessica Bandzwolek into a pop up to short. Therres then struck out Michelle January swinging as the Spartan freshman extricated herself from the jam.

The Spartan offense rewarded Therres with a big first inning. Kelly Smith (Riverdale, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) singled to open the bottom of the first. Heather Bormann (Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial) sacrificed Smith to second for the first out of the inning. Kristen Gray (Mickleton, N.J./Kingsway Regional) stroked a single to second to move Smith to third. Gray stole second and Sam Koehl (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson) walked to load the bases. After a fielders choice erased Smith at the plate, Therres ripped a shot up the middle, scoring Gray and Koehl, giving the Spartans a 2-0 lead.

York increased the lead in the second as Karen Carr (Baltimore, Md./Lansdowne) led off the inning with a beautifully executed bunt single. Freshman Meghan Van Meter (Hanover, Md./Archbishop Spalding) ripped a double to deep center, scoring Carr for the 3-0 Spartan lead. Smith singled to left and stole second to put Spartans at second and third with no outs. Bormann scored Van Meter with an RBI ground out as the York lead grew to 4-0. Gray lifted a sacrifice fly to left to score Smith as York led 5-0 through two innings.

The Mustangs threatened in the fifth as they got two runners on base but Therres got a pair of groundouts to end the potential uprising.

York tacked on an insurance run in the sixth. Van Meter ripped a double down the right field line, moved to third on a Smith single and scored when Bormann lifted a sacrifice fly to right.

Therres closed out the game with a hitless seventh as she twirled her seventh shutout of the year. Therres scattered six hits in her seven innings of work. She struck out three and walked two as she improves to 12-6 for the year.

Julianne Roper absorbed the loss as she allowed six runs on 10 hits in six innings of work. She walked one and did not strikeout any Spartans as she falls to 6-9 with the loss.

Smith powered the Spartan offense as she was 3-for-4 with a run scored. Bormann added a hit with two RBI while Therres was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI. Van Meter chipped in with two hits, two runs scored, and an RBI. Both of Van Meter’s hits were doubles as she now has seven for the year.

Rouse had the Mustangs’ only extra base hit with her first inning double while the remainder of the Stevenson line up was limited to five singles from five different players.

The Spartans head to Mary Washington on Friday for the tournament’s second round. The Spartans finished tied with the Eagles in the regular season as both squads were 9-3 in league play. The two squads split their doubleheader in Fredericksburg on March 30. The Eagles won game one 3-1 before the Green and White rebounded to take a 3-0 win in the nightcap. First pitch is set for 4:00 pm on Friday.

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