FROSTBURG, Md. – The York College softball team lost both games of a doubleheader on the road at Frostburg St. in a Capital Athletic Conference matchup on Wednesday afternoon. The Spartans pushed the first game to eight innings, but fell 4-3. The Spartans then fell 14-5 in six innings in the nightcap.
York now stands at 6-22 overall and 2-4 in the CAC. Frostburg improves to 21-6 overall and 2-1 in the conference.
In the first contest of the day, the Bobcats were the first to strike. Frostburg scored a run in the bottom of the first with an RBI single through the right side of the field.
Both teams had little going on offense for the next few innings. The Spartans struck in the fourth inning to tie up the game 1-1. Payton Hill (Staunton, Va./Fort Defiance) singled up the middle, allowing Aryn Johnston (Bowie, Md./Bowie) to score.
Frostburg regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth with another RBI single. The Spartans defense came up with a big double play to get the Green and White out of a bases loaded situation.
Sara Thacker (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana) rocketed a shot out to right center field, helping Hannah Hugel (Paoli, Pa./Conestoga) tie up the game in the top of the sixth. Heading into extra innings, the Spartans took their first lead of the day. Sarah Harris (Collegeville, Pa./Methacton) singled to the second basemen and Cara Rubinaccio (Boonton, N.J./Morris Knolls) was able to speed home.
The Bobcats were able to dig deep and score two runs in the bottom of the eight inning to clinch the win.
Leading the Spartans on offense was Brooke LaBell (Stanhope, N.J./Lenape Valley) who finished 2-for-3. Hill, Thacker and Harris all were 1-for-4 from the plate and each had an RBI.
Morgan Levine (Oakland, N.J./Indian Hills) started in the circle for the Spartans. Levine pitched 4.1 innings, allowing two runs on four hits, with three walks and one strikeout. Cory Urkuski (Mohnton, Pa./Twin Valley) finished out the remainder of the game and was credited with the loss. Urkuski threw for 3.1 innings, allowing two runs on three hits, with one walk and one strikeout.
Pacing the Bobcats on offense was Caitlin Lovend who finished 3-for-4 from the plate and had two RBI's.
Mary Ann Moore earned the win for Frostburg. She pitched all eight innings for the Bobcats, allowing three runs on five hits, with five walks and six strikeouts.
The majority of game two was also very close. The Spartans started out quickly with three runs in the top of the first. York took advantage of an early error by the Bobcats to get on base. Hill had a deep shot out to left center that allowed both Johnston and Hugel to score. Two batters later, Harris notched a single up the middle to help Hill get home.
Frostburg cut the Spartans lead to one in the bottom of the inning, with two runs of their own.
The Spartans struck again in the top of the third with two more runs. Hill recorded another double, helping Johnston to round the bases. Later in the inning, Harris hit a sacrifice fly out to left field, which allowed Kayleen Bell (Herndon, Va./Westfield) to race home. This time, The Bobcats had an answer for the Spartans. Frostburg took advantage of three errors by the Green and White defense to score five runs on four hits in the bottom of the third. With the five runs, the Bobcats took control of the lead 7-5.
The Spartans could not recover from the inning and would not be able to score another run. The Bobcats added one run in the fifth inning and then closed out the game with six runs in the sixth inning.
Hill led the Spartan offense in game two. She finished 3-for-3 from the plate with one run scored and three RBI's.
Levine recorded the loss, pitching 1.1 innings, allowing three runs on three hits. Thacker pitched the first .2 innings before Levine came in. Thacker allowed two runs on three hits. Cory Urkuski came in for the final 3.2 innings, allowing nine runs on nine hits, with three walks and one strikeout.
The Bobcats were led on offense by Taylor Vandergrift who finished the game 3-for-3, with five RBI's and three runs.
Starting pitcher, Nicole Bradford, earned the win for the Bobcats. Bradford pitched the first five innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and three walks. Moore finished the game, pitching one inning, allowing zero hits.
The Spartans return to action on Saturday for a CAC doubleheader at Mary Washington. Game one is set to start at 12:30 pm.