Bobcats Down Spartans in CAC Twinbill

YORK, PA – The York College softball squad dropped a Capital Athletic Conference twin bill at Spartan Stadium on Wednesday, falling to Frostburg State 3-1 in the opener and 6-5 in the nightcap. The games were originally slated to be played at Frostburg but wet field conditions forced the games to move to York.

The Spartans fall to 16-10 overall and 5-5 in the CAC while the Bobcats pick up their first two CAC wins, improving to 8-14 overall and 2-4 in the league.

In the opener, the Spartans, who were the visiting team in both contests, jumped out to an early 1-0 lead as senior Kelly Smith doubled to right center and scored on an Emma Erbig single up the middle in the top of the first inning.

The Bobcats tied the game in the bottom of the third as Megan Foy walked with one out. She came home when Shari Beavers tripled down the right field line.

Spartans had a chance to recapture the lead in the fourth as they had runners at first and second with no outs. Pinch hitter Sarah Harris lined a ball to second and senior Karen Carr got doubled up as the Spartan rally fizzled.

FSU took the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth as Brooke Tapman singled, stole second and scored on a Megan Butzner RBI double to left as the Bobcats took the 2-1 lead. Frostburg added an insurance run in the sixth courtesy of a Spartan fielding error.

Megan Magee earned the win as she scattered seven hits, allowing one run with five strikeouts and a trio of walks in her complete game effort.

Junior Brittany Therres suffered the loss as she allowed just two runs on four hits with a strikeout and a walk in four innings. She falls to 8-7 with the loss. Freshman Chelsea Bock allowed an unearned run in her two innings of work.

Tapman and Butzner led the six-hit Bobcat attack as they were both 2-for-3. Tapman scored a pair of runs while Butzner plated one run. Beavers added the other RBI with her fifth triple of the year.

Erbig and Carr led the Spartan offense as they combined for five of the seven Spartan hits. Carr was 3-for-3 while Erbig was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

The second game featured more scoring and a wild ending that sent the Bobcats back to western Maryland a happy group.

The Spartans again jumped out to an early lead with single runs in the first and third frames to take a 2-0 lead. York's first run came on a Smith RBI double to left center while the second run came on a Erbig bloop RBI single to right.

The Bobcats fashioned a big fourth inning as they plated four runs, taking a 4-2 lead. The uprising was aided by a Spartan error in the frame as two of the runs were unearned.

York responded with a trio of runs in the top of the fifth to recapture the lead. Senior Michelle Barwick had a two-run single with the bases loaded to tie the game before Harris had an RBI ground out to give the Spartans the lead.

The Green and White kept the lead until a wild bottom of the seventh. Bock surrendered a lead off double to Tapman as the Bobcats were in business immediately. Bock got a ground out to second as Tapman advanced to third. Butzner then hit a bullet to second but the throw to third attempting to double off Tapman was wild, allowing her to score the tying run with two outs. Jacki Lynch then singled, stole second and scored the game winner when Victoria Krichbaum singled up the middle to end the game.

Magee picked up her second win of the day, this one in relief as she improves to 8-5. She threw three innings of shutout softball, scattering two hits with a walk. Lauren Scrivener started and went four-plus innings, allowing five runs, four earned, on eight hits in the no-decision.

Bock took the loss as she allowed four runs, two earned, in six innings of work. She walked two and did not strikeout a batter as she falls to 7-3 for the year.

Tapman concluded a great day as the centerfielder was 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Lynch chipped in with two hits, two runs scored and an RBI while Beavers was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Carr, Smith and Erbig led the Spartans with two hits each. Carr scored two runs while Smith had a run scored and an RBI. Erbig added an RBI to the Spartan offense. Barwick was 1-for-4 with a team-high two RBI.

The Spartans wrap up their 2011 conference schedule on Saturday as they travel to Mary Washington to face the Eagles in a league twin bill. Game one is slated for a 12:30 pm start in Fredericksburg, VA.

Photo: A Spartan meeting at the mound courtesy of Zach Clabaugh (www.sharpedgefoto.com)