March 27, 2010

Spartans Split with UMW, Win Streak Snapped at Nine

YORK, PA – The York College Spartans saw their nine game win streak come to an end as they split a Capital Athletic Conference doubleheader with Mary Washington on Saturday. The Spartans received a brilliant one-hit performance from pitcher Brittany Therres (Hughesville, Md./Thomas Stone) in the opener as they won 4-0 before the Eagles shut down the Spartan offense in the nightcap, winning 2-0.

York is now 20-2 overall and 3-1 in the Capital Athletic Conference while the Eagles now stand at 5-14-1 overall and 3-1 in the league.

In game one, Therres was outstanding as the sophomore allowed just a Kaitlin Petrella single up the middle with two outs in the top of the seventh, denying Therres her second no-hitter of the year.

The Spartan got the only run they really would need in the first. Sam Lawrence (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) walked, moved to second on wild pitch and scored on a two-out Megan Van Meter (Hanover, Md./Archbishop Spalding) single up the middle.

The Spartan offense went dry over the next four innings before they gave Therres three insurance runs in the sixth. The Green and White’s first run of the frame came when Heather Bormann (Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial) stole third and scored on a throwing error. Julie Norris (Frederick, Md./Frederick) scored the next run with a beautifully placed suicide squeeze scoring Kelly Smith (Riverdale, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) with the second run of the inning. Megan Markland (Havre de Grace, Md./Havre de Grace) ripped a double to left center to score the final run of the frame.

That uprising took some of the tension out of the air but the potential no-hitter left the partisan crowd wondering if Therres could complete the no-no. Therres got a strike out and a ground out to short before Petrella singled sharply up the middle out of the range of shortstop Bormann.

Therres allowed one hit, with one walk and five strikeouts as she earned her 16th win of the season. Annie Blaine took the loss for the Eagles as she allowed four runs on four hits with three strikeouts and three walks in 5.2 innings of work. She falls to 2-5 with the loss.

Markland had the Spartans’ lone extra base hit with her sixth inning double. Van Meter, Markland and Norris had the Spartan RBIs in the game.

In the nightcap, the Spartans never really got untracked offensively. Danielle Cunetta handcuffed the Spartans as she worked the expanded strike zone and kept the Spartans off the board.

Mary Washington got the only run they needed when Elizabeth Crowe got a hold of a Therres offering in the fourth, launching it over the left field wall for the 1-0 lead.

The Eagles tacked on what turned out to be a huge insurance run in the fifth as Crowe slapped a line drive past first baseman Kristen Gray (Mickelton, N.J./Kingsway) scoring Brandee Adams with the two out run.

The Spartans couldn’t conjure up any late inning magic that has been their hallmark throughout this campaign. The Spartans had runners on in both the sixth and seventh innings but Cunetta kept them off the board as the Spartans have now been shutout twice this season.

Cunetta went the distance as she improves to 1-1. She allowed five hits with three strikeouts and no walks.

Therres suffered her first loss of the year as she allowed a run on three hits with two strikeouts and a walk in three innings of work. She falls to 16-1 with the defeat. Corrine Majczan (Center Valley, Pa./Southern Lehigh) tossed three innings allowing a run on a hit with a pair of walks and a strikeout. Freshman Cory Urkuski (Mohnton, Pa./Twin Valley) made her collegiate debut in the circle with a perfect top of the seventh inning with a strikeout.

Crowe led the Eagle offense as she was 2-for-3 with a run scored and a pair of RBI. Amanda Adams and Petrella each had a hit for the Eagles.

Bormann paced the five-hit Spartan offense as she was 2-for-3. Smith, Therres, and Michelle Barwick (Cockeysville, Md./Dulaney) each had a double for York.

The Spartans get to get right back to action on Sunday as they host Washington College (Md.) in a non-conference doubleheader. First pitch for game one is schedule for 1:00 pm.

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