Extra Inning Heartbreak for the Spartans; UMW Wins in 12

Extra Inning Heartbreak for the Spartans; UMW Wins in 12

SALISBURY, MD – The York College softball team saw their run in the 2009 Capital Athletic Conference come to a 12-inning end as the Spartans fell to the University of Mary Washington in the semifinals of the tournament, 2-1 in 12 innings. Both of York’s losses in the tournament came to the Eagles as they beat the Spartans 3-0 in the second round before handing them Sunday’s heartbreaking loss.

The Eagles improve to 25-15-1 and move on to face top-seeded Salisbury in the CAC championship. The Spartans fall to 27-12.

The Eagles struck first as they received a Kaitlin Petrella sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth to take a 1-0 lead.

York wasted little time in tying the game in the top of the fifth on a Kristen Gray (Mickelton, N.J./Kingsway Regional) squeeze bunt that scored Kelly Smith (Riverdale, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) with the tying run.

The two teams would have multiple scoring chances over the next six innings. The Eagles left runners at second and third in the bottom of the fifth. The Spartans had the same situation in the seventh as they could not plate the deciding run either.

The Eagles left the bases loaded in the eighth and that would be the best scoring chance for either side until Mary Washington was finally able push across  the game winner. The Eagles loaded the bases with one out and ended the game when Cathy Hull singled to right, plating the game-winner.

Kirsten Rowell recorded her third win against the Spartans this year as she allowed one run on 11 hits with 11 strikeouts and three walks in her 12 innings of work. Rowell improves to 19-6 with the win.

Sam Koehl (Frederick, Md./Frederick) suffers the loss as she allowed two runs on eight hits with four walks and three strikeouts in her 11.1 innings of action. She falls to 14-5 with the setback.

Hull led the Eagles as she was 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. Ashley Davenport was the other Eagle with multiple hits as she was 2-for-4. Petrella picked up the Eagles other RBI while pinch runner Nikkoahk Chitty scored a run for UMW.

York received three hits from Caitlin Keppler (Owings, Md./Northern) and Gray. Keppler was 3-for-4 while Gray was 3-for-3 with York’s lone RBI. Smith was 2-for-5 with a run scored while Heather Bormann (Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial) added a pair of safeties in the game.
The Spartans ended the contest with 13 runners stranded while the Eagles left 10 runners on base.

The Spartans now look to end the season strong as they have six remaining regular season games. That six game stretch starts on Wednesday as they host Messiah College in a double dip starting at 3:00 pm.


Photo: Caitlin Keppler banged out three hits in the Spartans' loss on Sunday.