YORK, Pa. – The York College softball team split a Monday non-conference twinbill with Penn State Altoona on a blustery spring afternoon in York. Dropping the first game 6-1 before winning the second 7-3, the Spartans move to 8-16 on the season while the Lions move to 24-4.
In game one, Altoona jumped on the board early with a pair of runs in the top of the first. Jessica Smith knocked a grounder to second that Ashley Chenoweth snagged on the dive to her right. However, Smith beat out the throw for the single. Advancing to second on a groundout, Smith came home on a Kelly Chambers double into the right center field gap. Chambers then came across for run number two, courtesy of a Lily Glunt single, to put the Lions up 2-0.
York cut into that advantage in the bottom of the second as Sara Thacker tallied the Spartans' first of the day. After reaching on a fielder's choice, Thacker moved to second on a wild pitch. With two down, Chenoweth knocked a single into right to bring around Thacker and slice the deficit in half at 2-1.
After a quiet third, fourth, and fifth, the Lions added a trio of runs in the top of the sixth. Aided by a Spartan error and back-to-back doubles, Altoona increased their advantage to 5-1.
A Brittany Smith solo blast in the top of the seventh provided the sixth and final tally for the Lions who came away with the 6-1 game one win.
Jessica Smith picked up the win in the circle as she tossed all seven innings for Altoona. She scattered six hits and struck out five while only allowing one run.
Game two saw the Green and White open up offensively, beginning with an early 2-0 margin. In York's half of the first, Cara Rubinaccio and Brittany Schlorff reached for the Spartans to put runners on second and third with nobody out. Following an out, Brittany Therres knocked a single into left to plate Rubinaccio and push Schlorff to third. Two batters later, Schlorff scooted home on a passed ball to give the Green and White a 2-0 advantage through one.
The Lions cut the Spartan lead in half in the top of the third. With one out, Brooke Morningstar doubled to right center and then moved to third on a groundout by Kahla Lutz. Chambers would bring Morningstar to the plate, roping a single into center for Altoona's first run of the second tilt.
York got that run back and more as they scratched across three in the bottom half of the frame. Erin O'Leary and Therres each walked before Thacker attempted a sacrifice bunt. Trying to catch the lead the runner, the Lions threw to third but sailed it wide of the mark and into left field. The errant toss allowed both O'Leary and pinch runner Sarah Harris to come around to the plate while Thacker advanced all the way to third. Spartan catcher Rachel Klein would bring Thacker to the plate later in the inning for York's third run of the frame and fifth of the game. After three, the Spartans led 5-1.
Altoona and York traded runs in the fourth as the Spartans kept their advantage at four, leading 6-2 through four. York added an insurance tally in the fifth as Vanessa Mendez scored via a Rubinaccio single to give the Green and White a 7-2 lead.
A Chambers solo home run to left in the top of the seventh provided the Lions' third run of the game. That would be all Therres would allow however, as York completed the game two victory.
Therres threw all 14 innings of the double dip for the Spartans as she moves to 7-9 for the season. She now owns a 3.88 ERA over her 101.0 innings pitched this season.
In the second game of the afternoon, York posted 11 hits, including two from Schlorff and two from Therres. Schlorff also tallied two runs while Thacker went 1-for-3 with a run and an R.B.I.
The Spartans return to action on Wednesday, April 11, when they host Stevenson in a Capital Athletic Conference doubleheader. Game one is slated for a 3:00 pm start.
PHOTO: Rachel Klein catches for the Spartans during York's CAC contest against Frostburg St. on March 28 of this season. Courtesy of Theresa Dark - York College (Pa.) Athletic Communications Student Photographer.