April 23, 2010

Therres Brilliant in the Spartan Sweep of Shenandoah

SHENANDOAH, VA – The York College softball picked up two very different wins on Friday evening in Shenandoah, Virginia. The Spartans edged the host Shenandoah Hornets 1-0 in the opener before rolling to a 12-3 win in the nightcap.

The Spartans keep building on their school record for victories as they improve to 35-8 overall while the Hornets fall to 21-19-1 overall.

The story of game one was the performance of sophomore All-CAC hurler Brittany Therres (Hughesville, Md./Thomas Stone). Therres allowed a singles in the first, fourth, sixth and seventh innings as she twirled the four hit shutout. She struck out four and didn't walk a batter as she picked up her tenth shutout of the year.

That didn't mean that Therres didn't face some tough innings. The Hornets left two runners on base in the fourth inning and again in the sixth but each time she made a big pitch to get out of the jam.

The Spartans got their lone run in the sixth inning as Julie Norris (Frederick, Md./Frederick) walked with one. After a strikeout, Michelle Barwick (Cockeysville, Md./Dulaney) walked, bringing senior captain Heather Bormann (Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial) to the plate. Bormann, much like the three-time All-CAC performer has done her entire career, lined a double down the left field line, scoring Norris with the game's lone run.

Brooke Over suffered the hard luck loss, as Bormann's lone hit was the only one she allowed all game long. She struck out eight and walked three in her seven inning stint. She falls to 11-10 with the loss.

Bormann's hit comprised the Spartan offense, as the one hit total was by far the Spartans' lowest total of the season.

Ashley Plaugher had two of the Hornets' four hits as she was 2-for-3 in the game.

Game two was as different as it could have been from the opener. The Hornets finally got to Therres in the bottom of the first with a single run thanks to a pair of Spartan errors.

The Spartans rebounded quickly with a huge eight run second inning. The Spartans had eight hits in the inning but were aided by two huge Shenandoah errors that prolonged the inning for York.

That gave Therres some breathing room for the first time all day and she blanked the Hornets over the next three innings. The Spartans added to the lead in the fourth courtesy of a Norris RBI single, scoring Kelly Smith (Riverdale, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti), who had doubled earlier in the inning.

York tacked on three more in the top of the fifth before the Hornets got a pair in the bottom of the frame to provide for the Spartans final 12-3 margin of victory.

Therres picked up her second complete game of the day as she allowed three runs, one earned, on four hits with two strikeouts in her five innings of work. She improves to 26-5 for the campaign.

Amanda Litwin suffered the loss, allowing nine runs, two earned, on 12 hits with one walk in four innings. Litwin falls to 10-9 with the loss. Ashley Stegemiller pitched the top of the fifth and allowed three runs, two earned, on two hits.

Smith led the Spartan game two offense, as she was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI. Two of her three hits were doubles as she now has 16 for the year. Norris also had three hits in addition to two RBI and a run scored. Bormann and CAC Rookie-of-the-Year Hannah Hugel (Paoli, Pa./Conestoga) each added two hits. Bormann had two RBI and two runs scored while Hugel scored a pair and drove in another.

Ashley Plaugher led the Hornets as she was 1-for-3 with two RBI.

The Spartans are scheduled to conclude their 2010 regular season on Sunday when they host Misericordia University in a non-conference twin bill. Prior to the game one, the Spartans will honor their four seniors in the annual Senior Day ceremonies.

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