LANCASTER, Pa. – The York College softball squad lost both games in a double header against F&M on Thursday afternoon in Lancaster, Pa. The Spartans first fell to the Diplomats 9-8 and then lost 11-3 in six innings in the nightcap.
The loss drops the Green and White to 4-20 overall, losing 12 straight. The Diplomats improve their overall record to 8-14.
Both teams struggled to get their offense started in the first game. The Spartans were the first to strike. In the top of the third, York scored two runs. Jena Ruby (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) got things going with a single to the outfield that allowed Hannah Hugel (Paoli, Pa./Conestoga) to get home. A few batters later, Sara Thacker (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana) slammed the ball out to left field and Jessica Canami (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) sprinted into home plate.
The Spartans added to their lead in the fourth inning, taking advantage of Diplomat errors. Cara Rubinaccio (Boonton, N.J./Morris Knolls) was able to reach first on an error by the third basemen, which allowed Aryn Johnston (Bowie, Md./Bowie) to put the Spartans up 3-0.
F&M answered back in the bottom of the fourth inning with five runs. This time the Diplomats were able to take advantage of two Spartan throwing errors. The Green and White cut the lead to one in the following inning after Brooke LaBell (Stanhope, N.J./Lenape Valley) scored off of a double from Johnston.
York started out the sixth inning with a bang. The Spartans scored four runs on four hits. A passed ball by the Diplomat catcher allowed freshman Kayleen Bell (Herndon, Va./Westfield) to score. Rubinaccio was the next to score off a triple from Ruby. Following up was designated player Payton Hill (Staunton, Va./Fort Defiance) with a double, allowing Ruby to score. Hill scored a few plays later off a hit from Sarah Harris (Collegeville, Pa./Methacton).
Things seemed to be going well for the Spartans, but in the bottom of the seventh, F&M made a comeback. The Diplomats cut the Spartan lead to two after another Spartan error. Kaitlin Zampino hit a three-run homerun bomb that gave the Diplomats the lead and ended the game.
Leading the Spartans on offense in game one was Ruby. She finished the game 2-for-5 with two RBI's and one run scored. Hill went 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI.
Pacing the Diplomats on offense was Ashley Hartshorn. She went 2-for-2 with two runs and one RBI. Zampino had a strong game going 2-for-4 with one run and three RBI's.
Earning a win in the circle was Justine Lohrey. She pitched 1.2 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and one strikeout. Zampino threw the other 5.1 innings. She allowed six runs on seven hits and five strikeouts.
Cory Urkuski (Mohnton, Pa./Twin Valley) recorded the loss for the Spartans. Freshman Morgan Levine (Oakland, N.J./Indian Hills) pitched the first three innings. Levine allowed four runs on six hits, with one walk and three strikeouts. Urkuski threw for 3.1 innings, allowing five runs on five hits.
In the second game of the day, the Spartans were the first to strike again. York opened the game with two runs. Hill notched another double that helped Ruby to score and then Hill scored a run herself on the next play off a single from Thacker.
F&M came back in the bottom of the inning to cut the Spartan lead in half. The Diplomats took control of the lead in the second inning and never relinquished it.
York added a run in the sixth inning off of a homerun from Thacker, but the Spartans still trailed 5-3. The Diplomats finished off the game in the sixth inning, scoring six and taking an eight run lead.
The Green and White were led offensively by Thacker in game two. She finished 2-for-3 with one run and two RBI's.
Malorie Sassaman led the Diplomats on offense in the second game. She was 3-for-4 from the plate with two runs and one RBI.
The Spartans threw three different pitchers in game two. Thacker was credited with the loss after pitching the first 3.1 innings. She allowed three runs on six hits with and two strikeouts. Levine came in and threw 1.1 innings, allowing two runs on two hits and one strikeout. Urkuski pitched the remaining inning, allowing six runs on six hits.
Zampino earned the win for the Diplomats. She pitched all six innings, allowing three runs on six hits, with two walks and six strikeouts.
The Spartans return to action on Saturday at Spartan Stadium for a Capital Athletic Conference doubleheader against Wesley. Game one is set to start at 1:00 pm.