BRIDGEWATER, VA – The York College softball team dropped a pair of games at nationally ranked Bridgewater College on Saturday afternoon in Bridgewater, VA. The Spartans dropped game one 6-0 before falling in the nightcap 2-0.
Bridgewater improves to 15-1 overall while the Spartans fall to 2-6. The Eagles are ranked 24th in the nation according to the NFCA.
In the opener, the Spartans never really got anything cooking offensively. The Spartans had two singles in the first inning but couldn't push home a run. The Eagles picked up a single run in the bottom of the first to take the early lead.
The Green and White got a lead off single from Brittany Schlorff in the top of the second but she was out on a fielder's choice and York could not advance the runner as they went quietly in the second.
Eagle starter Heather Jenkins then completely shut down the Spartan offense. Starting with the last two outs of the second, Jenkins sat down 12 straight Spartans before Cara Rubinaccio singled to third with one out in the sixth. Rubbiaccio was left stranded at first as York was in search of it's first run of the game.
While the Spartan offense was struggling, the Eagles scored two runs in the third, two more in the fourth and one final run in the sixth to provide for the final margin of victory.
Jenkins tossed the complete game shutout as she allowed five singles while she struck out four. Jenkins improves to 8-1 with the win.
Senior Brittany Therres took the loss as she allowed three runs on six hits with a walk and a strikeout in her three innings of work. Junior Cory Urkuski relieved Therres and allowed three runs on two hits with four walks.
Jenkins and Leigh Lam each had two hits, two RBI, and a run scored for the Eagles in game one. Kasey Anderson added two hits and two runs scored for Bridgewater.
Rubinaccio, Therres, Schlorff, and Carly Farr each had singles for the Spartans.
In game two, Aven Thomas took to the circle for the Eagles and continued to make life difficult on the Spartan offense. Thomas retired the first 11 Spartans she faced before Erin O'Leary singled to right center with one out in the top of the fourth. O'Leary would be forced out at second as Thomas retired the next two Spartans, ending the modest threat.
The Eagles reached freshman starter Sara Thacker for a single run in bottom of the fourth as Thomas walked with one out. She moved to second on a wild pitch and to third on a ground out to second. Thomas scored on a Ann Komara RBI single to center.
The Spartans finally got a runner past second as Hannah Hugel reached on an error, stole second and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt however Thomas got Vanessa Mendez to line out to left, ending York's threat.
Bridgewater extended the lead to 2-0 with an Amanda Lutz RBI double to center in the bottom of the sixth.
York got a one-out triple from Therres in the top of the seventh but Thomas got a strikeout and a ground out to preserve the shutout.
Thomas earned the win for the Eagles as she allowed just two hits while she struck out five.
Thacker suffered the loss as she allowed one run on three hits in her four innings of work. She walked five and struck out two as she falls to 0-2 for the year.
Anderson was the lone Eagle with multiple hits as she was 2-for-3. Thomas was 0-for-1 but drew two walks and scored twice. Lutz and Komara each had an RBI for the Eagles.
Therres' triple in the seventh was York's lone extra base hit of the game while O'Leary had a single to comprise the Spartans' game-two offense.
The road doesn't get any easier on Sunday as the Spartans travel to Eastern Mennonite to face the 11-1 Royals in a twinbill. Game one is slated for a 12:30 pm start.