YORK, PA – The York College softball team continued their torrid start to the season as they opened their Capital Athletic Conference schedule with a doubleheader sweep of Stevenson University on a pleasant Wednesday afternoon in York. The Spartans won game one 15-1 in five innings and then concluded the sweep with a 9-6 win in the nightcap.
The Spartans improved to 19-1 overall for the best start in the history of the Spartan softball program. York is now 2-0 in the CAC while the Mustangs fall to 1-2 in the CAC and 9-4 overall.
Game one started with the Spartans scoring three runs in the bottom of the first. All three runs came with two outs in the frame as Mustang starter Sarah Moelter struck out the first two Spartans she faced. Heather Bormann (Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial) began the uprising with a single to third. She stole second before Megan Van Meter (Hanover, Md./Archbishop Spalding) walked. Kelly Smith (Riverdale, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) laced a sharp double to left center, plating Bormann and Van Meter with the first two runs of the game. Smith moved to third on a wild pitch before Julie Norris (Frederick, Md./Frederick) singled to left as York led 3-0 after one.
The Mustangs got their lone run of the first game in the second but it could have been worse as Spartan starter Brittany Therres (Hughesville, Md./Thomas Stone) got out of a bases jam allowing just the one run.
The Spartans blew the game wide open in the bottom of the second with a great deal of help from the Mustangs. The first two Spartans reached base courtesy of a pair of Stevenson errors. The inning continued as the Spartans piled on eight runs on six hits with a total of three Stevenson errors. All eight of the runs were unearned as the Spartans made the Mustangs pay for their defensive miscues. Norris had the big blow in the inning with a three-run double.
York added two runs in the third on a Cory Urkuski (Mohnton, Pa./Twin Valley) two run blast as the freshman made her first collegiate hit a memorable one. York closed out the scoring with two more runs in the fourth, providing for the final 15-1 score.
Norris led the Spartans with two hits, four RBI and a run scored while Smith was 2-for-2 with three RBI and a pair of runs scored. Sam Lawrence (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored while Urkuski was 1-for-1 with two RBI and a run scored. Ten Spartans had at least one hit in the 13-hit Spartan attack.
Elizabeth Moul led the Mustangs as she was 1-for-2 with an RBI. Carianne Sullivan and Stacey Rouse each had a hit for the Mustangs.
Therres earned the win as she improves to 15-0 as she worked three innings, allowing one run on two hits with two walks. Corrine Majczan (Center Valley, Pa./Southern Lehigh) tossed the final two innings, allowing just one hit with three strikeouts and two walks.
Moelter absorbed the loss as she allowed 15 runs, just five earned, on 13 hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
In game two, the Spartans wasted little time in getting on the board. Bormann doubled down the line to drive in Lawrence who walked with one out in first. Bormann eventually came around to score on a Smith single through the left side of the infield as York led 2-0 after one.
The Spartans added a single run in the second with a Lawrence RBI single.
The Mustangs finally got to Majczan in the fourth but a Spartan error in the frame made the run unearned.
The York offense exploded for a huge bottom of the fourth as they dented the plate six times with four coming on a big grand slam off the bat of Bormann as the senior jacked the sacks full homer off the scoreboard in left-centerfield. The Spartans led 9-1 heading into the top of the fifth.
The Mustangs were down to their last out in the fifth before Desirae Sullivan hit a grand slam of her own to prevent the Spartans from winning in the fifth. That home run only prolonged the game as the Spartans posted the three-run win.
Majczan earned the win as she allowed five runs, four earned, on seven hits in her five innings of work. She struck out three and walked one, as she is now 4-1.
Sullivan started the game and allowed three runs on six hits in 1.2 innings of action. She falls to 1-2 with the loss.
Bormann led the Spartan offense as she was 2-for-4 with five RBI and two runs scored. Smith was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored while Norris and Lawrence each had two knocks. Lawrence added two runs scored and an RBI while Norris contributed an RBI.
Sullivan led the Mustangs with her four RBI. Lisa Bilski, Jessica Bandzwolek, and Moul each had two hits for Stevenson.
The Spartans continue their season-high 12-game home stand with a Saturday Capital Athletic Conference doubleheader against the University of Mary Washington. Game one is slated for a 12:30 first pitch.
PHOTO: Julie Norris makes a play at the plate. Photo courtesy of James DeCaprio.