YORK, PA – The York College softball squad continued their outstanding 2010 campaign with a doubleheader sweep of Mt. Aloysius on a sun-splashed Saturday afternoon in York. The Spartans won game one 2-0 and then completed the sweep with a 9-1 win in six innings in the nightcap.
The Spartans improve 17-1 overall, tying the best start in school history. The 2001 edition of the Spartans also started 17-1 overall before recording a school-record 32 wins and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Mt. Aloysius falls to 5-5 with the two losses.
Game one was tight and well played throughout. The Mounties had runners on base in both the first, second and third innings but would not be able to get past second base in any of those frames.
York had their first, and best, threat in the third. Michelle Barwick (Cockeysville, Md./Dulaney) singled to lead off the inning. A Megan Markland (Havre de Grace, Md./Havre de Grace) sacrifice moved Barwick to second and then Brittany Therres (Hughesville, Md./Thomas Stone) advanced her to third on a fly ball to center. Freshman Hannah Hugel (Paoli, Pa./Conestoga) then slapped a single to left, scoring Barwick. Hugel moved to second on the play, as leftfielder Renee Schmidt could not field the ball cleanly. That misplay would be big as after Sam Lawrence (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) had a bunt hit to put Spartans at first and third, Lawrence got in a run down allowing Hugel to score with York’s second run.
The Mounties tried to respond immediately in the top of the fourth as they got two runners on only to have Therres get out of the uprising with no damage. Mt. Aloysius had another golden chance to score in the fifth as they had runners at first and second with just one out. Therres struck out Amy Miller and Spartan catcher Julie Norris (Frederick, Md./Frederick) picked off Andie O’Neal who had inexplicably wandered way too far off first base, erasing the Mountie threat.
Therres got the final six Mounties in order to preserve the tight 2-0 win. The Spartan sophomore earned the win with her sixth shutout of the year. She scattered five hits, struck out three and walked two.
Jessica Seasoltz suffered the hard-luck loss as she allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits with three strikeouts and a pair of walks. She falls to 3-2 with the setback.
Lawrence had two of the Spartans’ season-low four hits. Hugel had a hit, a run scored, and an RBI while Barwick had the Spartans’ other knock and scored York’s first run.
Five different Mounties had hits including O’Neal, Miller, Jena Isenberg, Schmidt, and Whitney Shearer.
The nightcap was a far different game as the Spartan offense got on track in the bottom of the first. Hugel walked and Lawrence laid down a bunt single to start the contest. Heather Bormann (Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial) sacrificed Hugel and Lawrence up one base each. Megan Van Meter (Hanover, Md./Archbishop Spalding) singled to right, plating the two base runners, giving York the early lead.
The Mounties answered immediately in the top of the second with a single run but it could have been worse. Mt. Aloysius had runners at second and third with one out but she got a pop up to Norris behind the plate and a fly out to Lawrence in center to quell the rally.
The Spartans got that run right back in the bottom of the second as the game two offensive theme continued. Bormann had a sacrifice fly in the inning to give the Spartans a 3-1 lead.
The Green and White blew the game open in the fourth with a five run frame. The scoring began with a huge solo home run deep over the scoreboard in left off the bat of Therres. The tater, which was one of the no-doubt variety, was the first of season for Therres and gave the Spartans the 4-1 lead. The inning continued with a Lawrence RBI triple, a Bormann RBI single, and a two run single to right center by Norris.
York ended the game in the sixth on a Van Meter RBI ground out to short.
Therres completed the personal sweep with a win in the nightcap. She tossed six innings, allowing one run on nine hits with one walk as she improves to 14-0 for the campaign.
Carrie Shevock absorbed the loss as she allowed eight runs on 11 hits with three walks in four innings of work. She falls to 2-3 with the loss. Seasoltz threw the final 1.2 innings of the game and allowed a run on a walk.
Van Meter was the offensive stand out in the game as she was 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored. Lawrence was 2-for-2 with three runs scored and an RBI while Norris added two hits and a pair of RBI. Therres added two hits of her own including her first home run of the year. Bormann was 1-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored.
Shearer led the Mounties, as she was 3-for-3 with a run scored.
The Spartans continue their season-high 12-game home stand on Wednesday when they host Stevenson University in the Spartans’ Capital Athletic Conference opener. Game one is slated for a 3:30 pm start.
PHOTO: Brittany Therres goes deep in the Spartans' game two win over Mt. Aloysius. Photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh - www.sharpedgephoto.smugmug.com