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YORK, Pa. – The York College softball team earned two wins against Wesley College in a much needed Capital Athletic Conference sweep. The Spartans snapped their 12 game losing streak with a 16-0 victory in five innings and then came from behind in the seventh inning for a 9-8 win.
The Spartans record now stands at 6-20 overall and 2-2 in the CAC. The Wolverines falls to 10-12 and 0-2 in the conference.
The Green and White offense made a statement in game one. York opened up the day with a three-run inning. Both Hannah Hugel (Paoli, Pa./Conestoga) and Aryn Johnston (Bowie, Md./Bowie) were walked. Jena Ruby (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) flew out to centerfield, but her hit allowed Hugel to score. Two batters later, Sara Thacker (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana) stepped up to the plate and hit a bomb over the fence and put the Spartans up 3-0.
Wesley had no answer for a strong Spartan defense in the top of the second. The Wolverines went three up, three down.
In the second inning, the Spartan bats continued to be hot. York scored eight runs and made sure to take advantage of three Wolverine errors. Vanessa Mendez (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) was the first Spartan of the inning to score. She reached home off a single up through the left side from Hugel. Johnston came up next and ripped a single right up the middle of the field, allowing Brooke LaBell (Stanhope, N.J./Lenape Valley) and Jessica Canami (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) to cross home plate. A few batters later and after a Wesley pitching change, Payton Hill (Staunton, Va./Fort Defiance) bombed a right field triple that led to three more Spartan runs. Senior Sarah Harris (Collegeville, Pa./Methacton) helped Hill get home with a ground out to shortstop. Mendez was able to score the final run of the inning after the Wolverine catcher tried to throw out Canami stealing second.
The bottom of the third saw the Spartans add three more runs and take a 14-0 lead. Johnston doubled to centerfield and Hugel was able to score her third run of the day. Hill drilled a single up the middle, which allowed Johnston to score. Thanks to a fielding error by the Wesley second basemen, Harris was able to reach first base and Ruby scored a run.
The Wolverines still had no answer for the Spartans. To close the game out, York added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth. LaBell scored the 15th run of the game off of a Johnston double and Johnston scored after Ruby singled up the left side.
Leading the booming Spartan offense was Johnston. She finished the game 3-for-3 with four runs and four RBI's. Hugel was also solid, going 2-for-3 with one RBI and three runs.
Freshman pitcher, Morgan Levine (Oakland, N.J./Indian Hills), earned the win. Levine pitched all five innings, allowing zero runs on four hits, with one walk and three strikeouts.
Kayla Fromal led the Wolverines struggling offense. Fromal was 2-for-2 from the plate, but did not record any runs or RBI's.
In the circle, Sarah Saunders was credited with the loss. She allowed eight runs, on five hits and two walks on one inning. Taylor Hendricks came in to pitch the remaining three innings and allowed eight runs on seven hits.
The second game was much different then the first. The Wolverines were not ready to give up, even though they were held scoreless in their first effort.
York was able to get on the board first. The Spartans opened the nightcap with two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Johnston continued to look strong with a solid double to left field that allowed Hugel to sprint around the bases to home plate. A Wesley error by the left fielder allowed Thacker to reach first base and helped Johnston record a run.
This time though, Wesley had an answer for the Spartans. The Wolverines scored five runs, on four hits in the top of the second inning to take a 5-2 lead.
Despite falling behind, the Spartans hung in the game and were able to tie it up in the bottom of the third. Johnston hit another shot out to center field and helped Hugel finish another trip around the bases. Hill stepped up two batters after and nailed a homerun that allowed Johnston to score.
The top of the fourth saw the Wolverines take back the lead. Wesley took advantage of a throwing error by the Spartans and was able to score a run and go up 6-5. The Wolverines added two more runs to their lead in the fifth inning. Another Spartan error cost the Green and White.
York battled back in the bottom of the sixth inning, cutting the Wesley lead to one run. LaBell nailed a hit up the middle of the field, allowing Canami to score from first base. A few batters later, Ruby flew out, but LaBell was able to tag up and score a run.
In the top of the seventh, the Spartans defense was able to hold the Wolverines. Heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, York dug deep and was able to come from behind for the victory. Stepping in as a pinch hitter, Terra Diehl (Hanover, Pa./Hanover) got a nice piece of the ball for a single to right field. Cara Rubinaccio (Boonton, N.J./Morris Knolls) scored the tying run off of Diehl's hit. Freshman Kayleen Bell (Herndon, Va./Westfield) scored the winning run, speeding home off of a wild pitch.
Hugel and Johnston once again paced the Spartan offense. Hugel finished game two 4-for-4, with two runs scored. Johnston was 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI's. Also adding to the Spartans offense was Hill, going 2-for-4, with one run and 2 RBI's.
Senior Cory Urkuski (Mohnton, Pa./Twin Valley) earned the win for the Spartans. Urkuski pitched the final 2.1 innings, allowing zero runs on three hits and recording two strikeouts.
Leading the Wolverine offense in game two was Brooke Minemier. She finished the game 3-for-4 from the plate, with two runs.
Wesley pitcher, Taylor Hendricks, recorded the loss. Hendricks pitched 6.1 innings. She allowed nine runs on 14 hits, with one walk and one strikeout.
The Spartans return to action on Wednesday as they travel to take on Frostburg St. for an important CAC doubleheader. Game one is set to start at 3:00 pm.