February 28, 2010

Spartans Open 2010 With a Pair of Very Different Wins

KISSIMMEE, FLA – The York College softball squad won two very different games as they opened their 2010 season with an 11-2 win over Gwynedd-Mercy and a tight 1-0 victory over RIT in their nightcap. The Spartans improve to 2-0 while Gwynedd-Mercy is 0-2 and RIT is 2-2. The games are the first of a 12-game stay in Kissimmee, Florida.

In the opener, York opened the game with a single run in the first on a Heather Bormann (Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial) RBI single. York extended the lead to 5-0 with four runs in the second inning. The Spartan advantage grew to 7-0 courtesy of a Brittany Schlorff (Hatboro, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) two-run single in the top of the third inning.

The Griffins got onto the board in the bottom of the third with a pair of runs off Spartan reliever Corrine Majczan (Center Valley, Pa./Southern Lehigh) but she would settle in and hold Gwynedd-Mercy off the board the rest of the game.

York closed out the scoring with two runs in the sixth and two in the seventh to provide for the final 11-2 margin.

Bormann led the Spartans offense as the senior captain went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Fellow senior captain Sam Lawrence (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) added two hits, two runs scored and an RBI from her leadoff spot in the York lineup . Schlorff made her first Spartan contest a memorable one with two hits, three RBI, and a run scored.

Jaclyn Franzen led Gwynedd-Mercy as she was 1-for-4 with two RBI.

Majczan earned the win as she allowed two runs on three hits with six strikeouts and five walks in her five innings of action. Sophomore Brittany Therres (Hughesville, Md./Thomas Stone) started the game and tossed two perfect innings with two strikeouts as she left the game with a 6-0 lead.

Sydney Norton took the loss as she allowed ten runs, eight earned, on 12 hits with three strikeouts and two walks in seven innings. Norton falls to 0-1 with the loss.

The nightcap was dramatically different from the opener as offense was definitely at a premium.

The Tigers looked like they were going to get on the board of Therres early as they loaded the bases just three hitters into the game. Therres got a pop up, a fielder’s choice, and a ground out to extricate herself from the jam.

The Spartans scored the game’s lone run with a two-out uprising in the second. Tiger pitcher Carlissa Cole got the first two outs of the inning before Kelly Smith (Riverdale, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) and Megan Markland (Havre de Grace, Md./Havre de Grace) had back-to-back singles. Junior Michelle Barwick (Cockeysville, Md./Dulaney) then plated Smith with the tally courtesy of an RBI single. Cole walked Lawrence to load the bases but she got out of the tough spot with a harmless ground out.

Therres cruised through the next five innings as she allowed just one base runner and that came via a Spartan error in the third. The Tigers made life a little tough in the seventh as they had runners at first and second with two outs but Therres struck out pinch hitter Arielle Link to end the game. It was Therres’s eighth career complete game shutout.

The sophomore scattered just four hits with two strikeouts and no walks as she improves to 1-0. For the day, she did not allow a run and only four hits in nine innings as she got off to a great start for 2010.

Cole suffered the hard luck loss as she allowed the one run on six hits with one walk in her six innings of work.

Smith led the Spartan offense with two hits and a run scored. Barwick had York’s lone RBI while Bormann went 1-for-3 with a triple in the third inning.

Four different Tigers had a hit in the game with Shannon McCormick picking up RIT’s lone extra base hit with her double to lead off the game.

The Spartans return to action on Monday afternoon when they face St. Benedict at 1:00 pm followed by a second game against Gwynedd-Mercy at 5:00 pm.