SELINSGROVE, PA – The York College softball team returned to action after a relaxing 10-day break and remained red hot as the Spartans notched a doubleheader sweep of Susquehanna University on Tuesday afternoon in Selinsgrove, Pa. The Spartans won game one 4-3 and then completed the broom job with a 4-1 win in the nightcap.
The Spartans improve to 13-1 overall while the Crusaders fall to 7-3.
The Green and White got single runs in the first and third innings to take the early lead. In the first, Heather Bormann (Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial) walked with two outs, stole second and scored on a Megan Van Meter (Hanover, Md./Archbishop Spalding) RBI single.
In the third, Bormann ripped an RBI single to give York the 2-0 lead.
The Crusaders got to Spartan ace Brittany Therres (Hughesville, Md./Thomas Stone) for three runs in the bottom of the fifth, giving the hosts a 3-2 lead.
The Spartans continued their penchant for late-game rallies and Tuesday’s opener was no different. Senior captains Sam Lawrence (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) and Bormann led the Spartans to the uprising. Lawrence singled and scored when Bormann stroked a triple to tie the game at three with one out in the seventh. Van Meter then squeezed home Bormann with the game winner, giving the Spartans the 4-3 lead.
Therres retired the Crusaders in order in the bottom of the seventh to preserve the win.
Therres tossed the complete game, allowing three runs on nine hits with two strikeouts. Cara Swerdlow took the loss as she allowed four runs on eighth hits with six strikeouts and three walks. She falls to 3-2 with the loss.
Bormann led the Spartan offense as she was 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Van Meter had two RBI and a single while junior captain Kelly Smith (Riverdale, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) added two hits to the Spartan offense.
Lisa Finizio and Deanna Anderson each had a pair of hits to pace the Crusaders. Anderson also had an RBI and a run scored while Finizio had a run scored of her own. Kelli Holota and Shelly Landis each went 1-for-3 with an RBI.
In the nightcap, the Spartans had 12 hits but could only plate four runs as they left eight runners stranded in the win.
York got single runs in the second, third, fourth, and fifth innings. In the second, Megan Markland (Havre de Grace, Md./Havre de Grace) had an RBI single but the Green and White left two runners on base. In the third, Bormann had a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0 Spartans.
York added to the lead on a Hannah Hugel (Paoli, Pa./Contestoga) RBI single in the fourth. They closed out their scoring with a Julie Norris (Frederick, Md./Frederick) sacrifice fly in the fifth.
The Crusaders knocked Therres from the game in the sixth but freshman Corrine Majczan (Center Valley, Pa./Southern Lehigh) came in and closed the door, tossing the final inning and a third as she recorded her first collegiate save.
Therres improves to 10-0 with the win as she allowed a run on six hits with four strikeouts and a walk. Majczan struck out two and walked one in her 1.1 innings of action to pick up the save.
Sarah Hoffman suffered her first loss as she allowed four runs on 12 hits with two walks and a strikeout. She falls to 3-1 for the campaign.
Smith led the 12-hit Spartan attack, as she was 3-for-4 including her fourth and fifth doubles of the year. Kristen Gray (Mickelton, N.J./Kingsway Regional) added two hits while Van Meter was the third Spartan with multiple hits as she was 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Landis had two hits to pace the Crusader offense.
The Spartans are slated to open their home campaign on Thursday afternoon as they host Juniata College in a non-conference twin bill. That doubleheader kicks off a six-date, 12-game home stand that will carry the Spartans through the remainder of March. Game one is slated to start at 3:00 pm in York.