NEWPORT NEWS, VA – The York College softball squad split their two games in the opening round of the 2014 Capital Athletic Conference Softball Championship Tournament at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA.
The Spartans defeated fourth-seeded Mary Washington 5-3 in the opening round of the tournament. York then fell to top-seeded Christopher Newport 8-0 in their second game of the day.
In the opener, York got on the board first in the top of the third. Amanda Lewis (Aston, Pa./Sun Valley) reached on an error to open the frame. Standout freshman Katie Maloney (Aston, Pa./Sun Valley) plated Lewis with a two-run blast to left as the Green and White seized the lead. The Spartans got a third run on a throwing error as they took a 3-0 lead.
York added a single run in the fourth on a Maloney RBI triple to right center to score Lewis, who had reached on a fielder's choice. York made it 5-0 in the fifth on a Carleigh Ruleman (Owings, Md./Northern) RBI single to right to score pinch runner Morgan Ober (Mount Joy, Pa./Donegal). The Spartans could have had more in the fifth but they stranded runners at second and third.
The Eagles got on the board in the bottom of the fifth with a pair of runs courtesy of RBI hits from Brianna D'Agata and Brittany Scites.
The Eagles added single tally in the bottom of the sixth, drawing UMW to within two with one inning left. Mary Washington got the run on a Olivia Tatara home run to left to lead off the frame.
Mary Washington got a lead off single from Tenney in the bottom of the seventh but Spartan starter Jennifer Taff (Germantown, Md./Clarksburg) got a fly out, a line out and a pop up to win the game.
Taff earned the win as she tossed a complete game, allowing three runs on eight hits with a strikeout and no walks. It was her tenth win of the year.
Hannah Otterman absorbed the loss as she allowed five runs, four earned, on 10 hits with three strikeouts and five walks.
Maloney continues to have a huge freshman season as the shortstop went 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored. Her home run was her third of the year while her triple was her sixth. Natalie Fritz (Fayetteville, Pa./Chambersburg) contributed two hits while Ruleman was 1-for-2 with an RBI.
Scites led the Eagles with three hits and an RBI. D'Agata was 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored. Alex Tenney also had a pair of hits for UMW.
In the game against the Captains, Krista Lewis twirled a two-hit shutout to lead the #13 Captains to the 8-0 win.
CNU scored three in the bottom of the first and two more in the bottom of the second to seize control of the game early. The Captains added a run in the fifth and closed out the game with two more in the sixth.
Lewis allowed just four base runners with three of those runners coming in the second inning with a single and a pair of walks.
York got a Mackenzie Ewell (Hamilton, N.J./Steinert) got an infield single in the sixth but she would be stranded at first to end the inning.
Lewis improved to 18-2 with the win as she struck out two in the shutout win. Taff took the loss as she allowed six runs on eight hits with two walks. Sara Thacker (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana) tossed 0.2 innings as she allowed two runs on four hits with one strikeout.
Megan Jones led the Captains as she was 4-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored including her first home run of the year. Kristina McLaughlin was 2-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored while Kelsey Lewis was 1-for-3 with two RBI. The Captains banged out 12 hits in the win.
Ewell and Thacker each had singles for the Spartans in the loss.
The Spartans face an elimination game on Friday afternoon when they square off against third-seeded Frostburg State in Newport News. Game one is set for a noon first pitch.