May 1, 2013

Spartans Fall in Season Finale

WESTMINSTER, Md. – The York College softball squad dropped both games of a non-conference doubleheader at McDaniel on Wednesday in their season finale. The Spartans fell 6-1 in games one and then dropped a close 9-7 contest in game two.

With the losses, the Spartans end their 2013 campaign with an overall record of 11-32 and a Capital Athletic Conference record of 2-6. 

The Green Terror were the first to get on the board in game taking advantage of a Spartan error and scoring a run in the bottom of the first inning.

The Spartans were able to tie up the game in the top of the third. Aryn Johnston (Bowie, Md./Bowie) was out first, but recorded an RBI after Kayleen Bell (Herndon, Va./Westfield) was able to reach home plate. 

McDaniel took back the lead in the following inning, using another Spartan error to their advantage. The Green Terror scored three runs on fours hits in the fourth and then added two more runs in the fifth.

Unfortunately, the Spartans could not muster up any more offense after their run in the third. 

Pacing York on offense in game one was Hannah Hugel (Paoli, Pa./Conestoga) as she finished 2-for-4 from the plate. The Spartans only managed six hits through out the seven innings.

McDaniel was led offensively by Rachel Sidney as she finished 3-for-4 from the plate with two runs and two RBI's. 

Earning the win in the circle for the Green Terror was Stacey Armacost. She pitched the first five innings of game one, allowing one run on three hits and two strikeouts.

Morgan Levine (Oakland, N.J./Indian Hills) recorded the loss for the Spartans. Levine pitched for 3.2 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, two walks and one strikeout. Payton Hill (Staunton, Va./Fort Defiance) came in to relieve Levine and allowed two runs on two hits, three walks and one strikeout. Cory Urkuski (Mohnton, Pa./Twin Valley) closed out the final innings, allowing only one hit. 

The Spartans were able to get onto the scoreboard first in game two. York scored two runs off of two hits. Hill got things started with a big single to left field, allowing Jena Ruby (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) and Hugel to score.

The Green Terror came right back to take the lead in the bottom of the inning after scoring four runs on two hits and capitalizing on a Spartan error. 

York was able to tie the game up in the top of the second inning with two runs. This time it was the Spartans that took advantage of a fielding error. Sarah Harris (Collegeville, Pa./Methacton) singled to second base, helping Hugel and Cara Rubinaccio (Boonton, N.J./Morris Knolls) score runs on an overthrow.

McDaniel once again had an answer for the Spartans and took back the lead with a one run inning in the bottom of the second.

York responded with three runs in the top of the fourth to take another lead. Hill slammed a triple out to right field that helped Ruby, Hugel and Rubinaccio all earn runs. 

The Green Terror managed to gain the lead one last time scoring four runs off three hits in the bottom of the fourth. The four runs put McDaniel up by two, which proved to be enough to make it through the rest of the game.

Hugel led the Spartan offense again in game two. She finished 2-for-4 from the plate with three runs scored. Hill added five RBI's. 

McDaniel was paced by Lindsey Blohm who finished 2-for-3 from the plate with one run and two RBI's.

Sara Thacker (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana) recorded the loss for the Spartans. Thacker pitched for one inning in the middle of the game. She allowed two runs on three hits and one walk. Urkuski finished out her Spartan career pitching two innings. She allowed four runs on two hits and two walks. Levine also threw for three innings, allowing three runs on five hits with three walks and one strikeout. 

Spartan seniors, Hugel, Harris and Urkuski finished out their Spartan softball careers.

Harris finishes out her four years at York with a batting average of .228. She has played in 98 games with 70 starts. Harris has also tallied 27 runs on 47 hits with 38 RBI's. Her slugging percentage stands at .335 and she finished with a fielding percentage of .980 after committing only seven errors total. 

Hugel finishes her four-year career second in the record books for career batting average with a .401 percentage. She has played in 135 games with 126 starts. Hugel finishes with 104 runs on 162 hits and 31 RBI's. Her slugging percentage stands at .426 and her fielding percentage stands at .938.

Urkuski finishes her four-year career with 91 games played and 57 starts. She has recorded a .248 batting average with 10 runs on 37 hits and 17 RBI's. Urkuski recorded a slugging percentage of .302 and finishes with a .936 fielding percentage. She also stepped in the circle for the Spartans. Urkuski finishes with a 5.54 era in 45 appearnces. She registered one save and allowed 85 earned runs on 151 hits. She also recorded 36 total strikeouts.

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