March 26, 2011

Spartans Edge Misericordia in Two Wins Saturday

YORK, PA  - The York College softball squad swept a close pair of games on a sunny Saturday afternoon in York, besting Misericordia 6-4 in the opener followed by a come-from-behind 7-6 win in the nightcap.

The games were scheduled to be played at Misericordia but the late week snowstorm in northeast Pennsylvania necessitated the game be moved to York. The Spartans, winners of four straight, improve to 13-5 overall while the Cougars fall to 5-7 for the year.

In the opener, both teams scored single runs in the second and third innings before the Cougars took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth. The Spartans responded with a big top of the fifth inning. The inning started with a fly out but York's Hannah Hugel reached on an error to start the rally. Hugel was sacrificed to second and came around to tie the game at three on a Michelle Barwick RBI single to left center. The Cougars committed another error and the Spartans made them pay as senior Kelly Smith stroked a two-run triple to left center and then scored on an Erin O'Leary triple as the Spartans seized a 6-3 lead.

The Cougars got a single run in the bottom of the seventh but they left the bases loaded as freshman Chelsea Bock had to work for the win.

Junior Brittany Therres started for York and went three innings, allowing two runs on five hits with three strikeouts and a walk. Bock earned the win in relief as she tossed four innings, allowing two runs on four hits with three walks and four strikeouts. Bock improves to 6-2 with the victory.

Caitlin Cromley suffered the hard-luck loss as she allowed six runs, but just one earned run, on seven hits with five strikeouts and one walk.

Barwick led the offense, as she was 2-for-4 with one RBI and a run scored. Smith was 1-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored while O'Leary and Megan Markland each had a hit and an RBI.

Nicole Wenner led the Cougars with three hits, an RBI and a run scored while Jillian Castaldi was 2-for-3 with a run scored. Amanda Polaha was 1-for-3 with two ribbies for the Cougars.

Game two saw the Spartans jump out to an early 1-0 lead, only to have Misericordia rip off a four run second inning to take a 4-1 lead through two frames.

York got a pair back in the third thanks to a Barwick RBI double and an Emma Erbig RBI single to score Barwick.

The Spartans tied the game in the fifth as Barwick doubled, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a Karen Carr RBI single.

The game remained tied until the top of the seventh when the Spartans erupted for three runs. Barwick was again in the middle of the action for the Spartans as she kick started the rally with a single to left. Smith doubled her to third before they both rode home on a big, three-run homer from Erbig as the Spartans took a 7-4 lead. The Cougars got three hits and a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh but the game-tying run was left at first as the Spartans completed the sweep.

Therres picked up the win in relief as she improves to 7-3 with the win. She allowed two runs on three hits with four strikeouts in her two innings of work. Bock started and allowed four runs on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts in two innings. Sophomore Cory Urkuski made her first appearance of the year and was flawless as she scattered two hits with one walk in three innings of work. Her stellar effort allowed the Spartan offense to climb back into the game and earn the victory.

Jess Armillay suffered the loss as she allowed seven runs, six earned, on 11 hits with two strikeouts and two walks. She falls to 3-3 for the campaign.

Barwick completed a big day, as the senior was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI. Erbig also had a monster game with three hits, four RBI and a run scored. Carr also had multiple hits, as she was 2-for-4 with an RBI for York.

Maria Kidron, Cromley, and Hollie Sarnack each had three hits in the second game for the Cougars. Kidron and Sarnack each added two RBI and a run scored while Cromley had an RBI for Misericordia.

The Spartans put their win streak on the line on Monday as they host Hood in a Capital Athletic Conference doubleheader. First pitch in game one is set for 3:00 pm at Spartan Stadium.

Michelle Barwick photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh (www.sharpedgefoto.com)