March 2, 2011

Spartans Split a Pair on Tuesday in Myrtle Beach

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH,  SC – The York College softball squad split their two contests on Wednesday afternoon in Myrtle Beach, SC. The Spartans downed Mary Washington 1-0 before falling to Cabrini 3-0 in the nightcap.

In the game against the Eagles, Spartan freshman Chelsea Bock was brilliant as she tossed her first collegiate complete game shutout. Bock was dominate as she allowed just three hits and one walk in the game.

The Eagles had their biggest threat in the third courtesy of back-to-back singles with two outs. Bock got a strikeout to hold the Eagles off the board.

The Spartans got the lone run they would need in the fourth. Sophomore catcher Rachel Klein drew a lead off walk. Freshman Jill Martin pinch ran for Klein and advanced all the way from first to third on a sacrifice bunt by senior Desiree Halaka. That aggressiveness paid off when Bock grounded out to short, scoring Martin with the game's lone run.

Bock made that one run stand up as she allowed just two base runners over the final three innings to earn the win. Bock's final line was no runs on three hits with a walk and four strikeouts. She improves to 2-0 with the win.

Nicole Black started for the Eagles and allowed a run on three hits with four strikeouts and three walks in four innings of work. Kerry Busby tossed the final two frames, allowing two hits with one walk and one strikeout.

Halaka led the Spartan offense with two hits while three other Spartans had a hit in the game. Bock added one hit to her game-winning RBI.

In the nightcap, the Cavaliers jumped on Spartan ace Brittany Therres for a run in the bottom of the first to take a 1-0 lead. Therres almost worked out of it but an error allowed the Cavs to get the run.

The Spartans left two runners stranded in the second, third, and fourth innings as the offense, which had been so prolific in the first four games of the year, never really seemed to get untracked.

The Green and White had a runner thrown out at the plate in the fifth as the Cavaliers held on to the 1-0 lead.

Cabrini got a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth and the Spartans went quietly in the seventh to suffer their first loss of the year.

Marcelle Crist earned the win as she tossed seven shutout innings. She scattered seven hits as she walked two and struck out one in the win.

Therres suffered her first loss in four decisions as she threw five innings, allowing an unearned run on four hits with four strikeouts and one walk in the hard-luck loss.

Halaka and Erin O'Leary each had two hits to pace the Spartan offense.

Sammy Thompson led the Cavs with two hits and a run scored while Angela Shookster added a hit and an RBI for Cabrini.

The Spartans will now take two days off before concluding their stay in Myrtle Beach with a pair of games against University of Maine at Presque Isle. Game on is set for 9:30 am followed by a second game before the Spartans head back to York.