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Spartans Rebound with Twinbill Sweep of Washington
YORK, PA - The York College softball team rebounded from their tough loss to Mary Washington on Saturday with a Sunday doubleheader sweep of Washington College of Maryland in York. The Spartans won the opener 8-3 before completing the sweep with a 10-2 win in five innings in the nightcap.
The Spartans, winners of 11 of their last 12 games, improve to 22-2 overall while the Shorewomen fall to 7-9.
Washington jumped on Spartan starter Brittany Therres (Hughesville, Md./Thomas Stone) for a run in the first as Margaret Rohde scored Sally Snover with a two-out double to center.
The Spartans responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first two answer Washington’s opening salvo. Therres tied the game at one with an RBI ground out while Megan Van Meter (Hanover, Md./Archbishop Spalding) plated the other run with a two-out single to left.
The Spartans increased the lead to 3-1 on a Heather Bormann (Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial) RBI single in the third.
The Shorewomen knotted the score at three with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth. Rohde and Shaelen Nottingham opened the inning with back-to-back doubles to left center with Nottingham’s two-bagger scoring Rohde. Nottingham then came around to score on a Becca Nicely RBI single. Therres escaped more significant damage with a finely turned double play to end the inning.
The Spartans wasted little time in untying the game in the bottom of the fourth. The Green and White tallied five runs on five hits with a Washington error as they turned a tie game into an 8-3 lead.
Freshman Corrine Macjzan (Center Valley, Pa./Southern Lehigh) was brilliant in relief of Therres as the right-hander tossed three hitless innings to earn her second save of the year. She struck out three and walked one in her stint.
Therres earned the win as she allowed three runs on six hits with two walks in her four innings of work. The win was her 17th of the year.
Offensively, the Spartans were paced by Bormann, as the senior captain was 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored. Fellow senior captain Sam Lawrence (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) added three hits and a pair of runs scored from her leadoff position. Smith and freshman Hannah Hugel (Paoli, Pa./Conestoga) each added a pair of hits. Hugel also had two runs scored and an RBI while Smith dented the plate once.
Rohde led Washington with two hits, an RBI and a run scored. Nottingham was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored while Nicely was 1-for-3 with a run batted in.
In game two, York applied pressure to the Shorewomen from the first inning on. Lawrence began the bottom of the first with a single, a steal of second, and a steal of third before heading home on a Bormann RBI ground out.
The Spartans kept rolling in the second as sophomore Brittany Schlorff (Hatboro, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) stroked a two-run triple to right center. A pair of Washington errors greased the skids for the Spartans’ two runs in the frame.
Washington cut into the Spartan lead with two runs in top of the third. The damage could have been much worse but Washington left the bases loaded as they trailed 3-2.
The Green and White, much like they did in game one, put together a big inning. This time it was a four-run bottom of the third. The scoring in the inning started with a two-run single to center by Smith as the Spartan lead grew to 5-2. Senior catcher Julie Norris (Frederick, Md./Frederick) then had a beautiful safety squeeze, scoring Smith, on a tremendous hook slide, with the third run of the frame. Michelle Barwick (Cockeysville, Md./Dulaney) then scored on a wild pitch, increasing the Spartan lead to 7-2.
York closed out the game with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Bormann had a sacrifice fly while Van Meter and Smith each had RBI singles.
Therres earned the win in relief of Majczan as she threw three shutout innings. Therres allowed three hits while she struck out three as she improves to 18-1 for the campaign. Majczan allowed two runs on two hits with two walks and a strikeout in her two-plus innings of work.
Brittany Walter took the loss for Washington as she allowed 10 runs, eight earned, on nine hits with three walks and three strikeouts in her four innings of work. She falls to 3-5 with the loss.
Smith continued to stay hot at the plate, as she was 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored. Schlorff was 2-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored while Barwick was 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Leigh Carbutt led the Shorewomen with two hits while Jordan Tryhubenko and Rohde each had a hit and an RBI in the game.
The Spartans close out their season-high 12-game home stand on Tuesday when they host Gallaudet University in a CAC twin bill. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 3:30 pm.
Kelly Smith photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh (www.sharpedgephoto.smugmug.com)