Spartans Conclude Stay at Methodist Tournament

FAYETTEVILLE, NC  - The York College softball team went 1-2 at the second day of the Methodist University Early Bird Tournament on Saturday afternoon in Fayetteville, NC. The Spartans finished off Friday's suspended game against Methodist, downing the Monarchs 4-3. The Green and White then fell to Roanoke 7-2 and 7-4 to North Carolina Wesleyan in the nightcap.

The Spartans are 1-3 after finishing their stay in North Carolina.

In the win over the Monarchs, the Spartans got on the board first courtesy of junior Hannah Hugel as she walked, stole second, stole third and then scored on a throwing error, giving the Spartans a 1-0 lead.

The Monarchs struck for a pair of runs in the bottom of the second as they strung together three hits and two wild pitches to take the 2-1 lead after one inning of play.

The Spartans tied the game in the top of the third as Hugel singled and moved to second courtesy of Vanessa Mendez sacrifice bunt. Hugel came around to score when senior Brittany Schlorff singled to left, knotting the game at two.

The Green and White jumped on top in the fifth and Hugel was in the middle of the rally again. She opened the inning with a single to left. Mendez then laid down a beautiful bunt single to put runners at first and second. Schlorff then loaded the bases with an infield hit. Starting pitcher Brittany Therres then stroked a two-run double to center, scoring Hugel and Mendez. Schlorff was cut down at the plate but Therres alertly took third on the throw. Cara Rubinaccio put down a bunt single but Therres couldn't score, leaving Spartans at the corners. Rubinaccio stole second but York wouldn't be able to plate either runner as the lead stood at 4-2.

The Monarchs got a run in the sixth inning before the rains came and ended play on Friday. When the teams picked up in the middle of the sixth on Saturday, Therres got an out on a fielder's choice and a strike out to end the inning. After the Spartans went quietly in the seventh, Therres allowed a one out hit followed by an error to put the tying and winning runs in scoring position but the senior got a ground out and a strikeout to end the threat.

Therres earned the win as she tossed all seven innings, allowing three runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and two walks. Kayla Malone took the loss as she allowed four runs, three earned, on 12 hits with five strikeouts and a walk in her six innings of work.

Hugel led the Spartans as she was 2-for-3 with three runs and two stolen bases. Therres was 3-for-4 with two RBI while Schlorff also had two hits and a run scored. Rubinaccio and Carly Farr each contributed two hits to the Spartan offense.

Sarah Stapleton led the Monarchs with two hits and a run scored.

In the game against Roanoke, the contest was scoreless through the first two and a half innings. The Maroons got on the board in the third with an unearned run, taking the 1-0 lead.

Roanoke added to the lead in the fifth with another unearned run as the Maroons led 2-0. That lead grew to 7-0 in the sixth as Roanoke tallied five runs on just two hits with one error and two walks. The Maroons hit two home runs in the inning as the game quickly got out of reach for York.

The Spartans did score a pair of runs in the top of the seventh to avoid the shutout. Farr had a two-run single to provide for the Spartan scoring.

Therres took the loss as she allowed six runs on eight hits with three walks and two strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work. Kelly Higbie earned the win as she tossed a complete game, allowing two unearned runs on three hits with five strikeouts and two walks. She improves to 3-1 with the win.

Rubianccio had two hits for the Spartans while Farr was 1-for-3 with two RBI in the loss.

Leona Rainey went 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored the pace the Maroons. Caitlin Manuel and Hollee Warlitner each added two hits while Stephanie Clark added a hit, two RBI and a run scored.

York closed out their stay in Fayetteville with the contest against NC Wesleyan. The Bishops opened the scoring in the fourth with three runs off freshman starter Sara Thacker. The Green and White answered with one run in the bottom of the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings, tying the game at three.

In the fourth, Hugel doubled with two outs and came around to score on an Erin O'Leary RBI single. In the fifth, York scored on a Mendez RBI single with two outs while their run in the sixth came from a Jena Ruby RBI single.

The teams went to the eighth inning tied but it wouldn't stay that way long as the Bishops tallied four runs in the top of the eighth to take a 7-3 lead. All four runs came on a Logan Tollison grand slam. York would get a run in the bottom of the frame but it wouldn't be enough as the Spartans dropped their second game of the day.

Junior Cory Urkuski took the loss as she allowed three runs, two earned, on two hits with four strikeouts and three walks in her 4.1 innings of work. Thacker made her first collegiate start and allowed three runs on two hits with four strikeouts and three walks in her three innings of action.

Leanna Fann earned the win for the Bishops as she allowed four runs on 15 hits with one strikeout and one walk in her eight innings of work. She improves to 3-1 with the win.

The Spartans had three players record three hits as Ruby, Hugel and O'Leary each had three knocs. O'Leary had two RBI while Ruby and Hugel each scored a run. Mendez added two hits and an RBI for York.

Tollison led the Bishops with her grand slam. Sarah Roberts added a hit and an RBI for NC Wesleyan.

The Spartans travel to the Virginia Wesleyan Beach Blast for a four-game stay on Friday and Saturday. York faces Lynchburg on Friday at noon followed by a contest against Meredith at 2:00 pm.