SALISBURY, MD – The York College softball squad had a day that they had been looking forward to turn into a day they would rather forget on Saturday. The Spartans traveled to #19 Salisbury University in a showdown of the two top teams in the Capital Athletic Conference. The showdown turned into a Salisbury sweep as the Spartans lost two games in a row for the first time in the 2010 season.
The Sea Gulls edged the Spartans 3-2 in eight innings in the opener and then left no doubt in the nightcap as they registered a 7-1 victory.
Salisbury improves to 21-2 overall and 8-0 in the CAC while the Spartans fall to 24-4 overall and 5-3 in the CAC.
The Spartans got off to a great start in game one as Heather Bormann (Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial) drove in fellow senior Sam Lawrence (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) with a one-out RBI single.
The Sea Gulls tied the game in the bottom of the second courtesy of a Kristin Lord RBI single to center.
York recaptured the lead in the fifth as Brittany Schlorff (Hatboro, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) led the inning off with a single down the left field line. A sacrifice bunt moved Schlorff to second and she then went to third on a Michelle Barwick (Cockeysville, Md./Dulaney) single up the middle. Barwick stole second before Bormann laid down a beautiful suicide squeeze, scoring Schlorff with the Spartans’ second run. The inning then short-circuited for York as Barwick was thrown out at home in a double steal attempt. After Kristen Gray (Mickleton, N.J./Kingsway Regional) drew a walk to put Spartans at first and second, Salisbury pitcher Kelly Leary got out of the frame with a strikeout.
The Spartans hung on to the lead until the bottom of the seventh. The Sea Gulls got to Spartan pitcher Corrine Majczan (Center Valley, Pa./Southern Lehigh) with two singles and a walk with one out in the inning. Majczan then walked Brittany Lounge to force in the game-tying run. It didn’t look good for the Spartans to get to extra innings but Majczan collected herself and got Lauren Brenneman and Ali Ritter on a pair of fly outs to get the Spartans to extra innings.
The Spartans wasted a golden chance in the top of the eighth as they had runners at second and third with nobody out and they failed to score. They had a runner thrown out a home, a strikeout and a ground out to third as the lack of execution would not go unpunished by the Gulls.
Salisbury won the game when Michelle Gravhadl lifted a sacrifice fly to deep center, scoring pinch runner Taylor Webb for the 3-2 Salisbury win.
Leary went the distance for the win as she improves to 11-0. She allowed two runs on six hits with four walks and four strikeouts in eight innings of work.
Majczan suffered the loss as she allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits with four walks and two strikeouts in 5.2 innings of work. She falls to 5-2 with the setback.
Lord led the Salisbury offense as she was 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Gravhadl went 1-for-4 with an RBI while Lounge had the other Sea Gull run batted in.
The Spartan offense has chances all game long as they stranded 11 runners in the game. Barwick was 2-for-3 while Bormann was 1-for-3 with two RBI. Schlorff was the other Spartan with multiple hits as she was 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Game two started well for York as they led 1-0 courtesy of another first inning run. That lead would be short lived as the Sea Gulls scored two in the bottom of the second and three more in the bottom of the third. The Gulls capped the scoring in the fourth with two more tallies as the game was not in doubt after the three-run third.
Erika Brittingham earned the win in the circle for Salisbury as she improves to 9-0. She allowed an unearned run on eight hits with a walk in her 6.1 innings of work. Leary came into the game with one out in the seventh as she got the final two outs of the game for Salisbury.
Brittany Therres (Hughesville, Md./Thomas Stone) suffered the loss as she falls to 19-2. She allowed five runs, three earned, on four hits with a walk and a strikeout in 3.1 innings of work.
Ritter and Carly Read led the Sea Gull offense. Read was 2-for-2 with two RBI while Ritter was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Gravhadl was 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored for the Gulls.
Kelly Smith (Riverdale, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) and Therres each went 2-for-3 to pace the Spartan offense. Bormann had the Spartans’ lone RBI while Lawrence scored York’s lone run. York did collect eight hits in the game as they stranded seven in the contest.
The Spartans stranded 18 runners for the day. The Spartans went just 3-for-16 with runners in scoring position in the 15 innings of play on Saturday.
The Spartans will attempt to get back on the winning side of the ledger on Monday afternoon when they travel to Bridgewater College to face the Eagles in a regional twin bill. Game one is slated for a 2:00 pm start.