#9 Sea Gulls Sweep Spartans In CAC Opener

YORK, Pa. – The York College Softball team lost both games in their first Capital Athletic Conference doubleheader of the season against #9 Salisbury on Saturday afternoon at Spartan Stadium. The Sea Gulls swept the Spartans 17-0 in five innings and then 11-1 in five innings as well. 

The Spartans record falls to 4-16 overall and 0-2 in the CAC, while the Sea Gulls improve to 2-0 in the CAC and 18-2 overall.

Salisbury opened up the first game of the day with six quick runs. The Sea Gulls followed up in the second inning with seven more runs to take firm control of the game. Nine Spartan errors only helped the Sea Gulls offense seal the victory early on. 

The Green and White struggled on offense against strong Salisbury pitchers. York finished the game with zero hits and recorded nine errors.

Pacing the Sea Gulls on offense was Hannah Mills and Harley Hill. Mills finished the game 2-for-3 from the plate with three RBI's and one run. Hill was 2-for-4, with two runs and three RBI's.

Earning her 12th victory in the circle was Rachel Johnson. She pitched four innings, allowing zero hits with two walks and nine strikeouts. Meredith Blades came in for the Sea Gulls to finish the final inning. She recorded two strikeouts. The Sea Gulls also committed zero errors throughout the entire game. 

Recording the loss for the Spartans was freshman pitcher Morgan Levine (Oakland, N.J./Indian Hills). Levine did not pitch a full inning. She allowed five runs on three hits and one walk. Senior Cory Urkuski (Mohnton, Pa./Twin Valley) came in to try and slow down the Sea Gull offense. Urksuski threw for one inning. She allowed four runs on three hits, with a walk and a strikeout. The Spartans then turned to sophomore Sara Thacker (Ijamsvillle, Md./Urbana). Thacker pitched the remaining four innings She allowed eight runs on nine hits, with one walk and a strikeout.

In the second game of the double header, the Sea Gulls continued to dominate both offensively and defensively. Salisbury once again got on the board in the first inning. They added to their lead and went up 8-0 in the top of the fourth inning. 

Freshman Payton Hill (Staunton, Va./Fort Defiance) gave the Spartan offense some life in the bottom of the fourth inning. Hill smashed a ball over the centerfield wall for a beautiful homerun, the first of her career.

Unfortunately, the Sea Gulls answered back with three runs in the fifth to close out the game. 

Hill was the only Spartan to register hits for the day. She finished the second game 2-for-2 from the plate with one run and one RBI.

The Spartans used their entire pitching staff in the second game. Thacker recorded the loss after pitching the first two innings. She allowed three runs on three hits. Levine pitched for one inning, allowing five runs on five hits. The Spartans then used Urkuski for 1.1 innings. Urkuski allowed three runs on one hit, with three walks. Freshman Terra Diehl (Hanover, Pa./Hanover) came in to close the game out. She pitched 0.2 innings, allowing two hits. 

Leading the Sea Gulls on offense in the nightcap was Sarah Alpaugh and Michelle Gravdahl. Alpaugh was 2-for-3 with three runs and Gravdahl finished the game 2-for-3 with three runs and two RBI's. Carly Read also added three RBI's.

Kathryn Larson recorded the win for Salisbury in the circle. She pitched all five innings, allowing only one run on two hits, with five strikeouts. 

The Spartans return to action on Monday at Spartan Stadium for a non-conference matchup against Messiah. Game one of the double-header is at 3:00 pm.