Lechner's Walk Off Earns a Split for Spartans in Home Opener

Lechner's Walk Off Earns a Split for Spartans in Home Opener

YORK, PA – The York College softball team got a game two walk-off single from sophomore Ashley Lechner (Willow Street, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) as the Spartans salvaged a doubleheader split against Gettysburg on Tuesday afternoon in York.

The Bullets earned a 1-0 victory in the opener before the Spartans got a come-from-behind 7-6 win in the nightcap.

York is now 9-5 overall while the Bullets stand at 11-3 with the split.

The opener was a pure pitcher's dual as Courtney Martin (Willow Street, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) and Gettysburg's Lindsey Treanor took turns throwing up zeros on the scoreboard.

The Bullets got the game's only run in the top of the fourth. Jamie Abell singled to left center to open the inning. Steph Zengel then stroked a double to right center on the first pitch of her at-bat, giving Gettysburg the 1-0 lead. Martin buckled down and got out the inning without any further damage.

The Green and White had their best scoring opportunity in the fourth as Carleigh Ruleman (Owings, Md./Northern) doubled with two outs. She moved to third on a wild pitch but Treanor got out of the jam with a ground out to end the inning.

Treanor earned the win as she improves to 5-2. She allowed just two hits as she walked six and struck out three. Martin got the hard-luck loss as the freshman tossed seven innings, allowing one run on three hits with four strikeouts and a walk. The shutout was the 12th of her Gettysburg career.

Abell, Zengel, and Ashley Iannone each had a hit for the Bullets while Zengel had the game's lone RBI.

Megan Martin (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East) and Ruleman had the lone hits for the Spartans.

Game two could not have started any worse for the Green and White. Gettysburg batted around, scored five runs on six hits while the Spartans committed two errors as it looked like the game might be over shortly after starting.

The Spartans were undeterred as they got a run in the first to get on the board. Ruleman then blasted her fourth home run of the year to deep left center in the second as the Gettysburg lead was cut to three.

While the Spartan offense was chipping away, freshman pitcher Melissa Jurkiewicz (Oak Ridge, N.J./Jefferson Township) came into the game in relief of Courtney Martin and held the Bullets in check as York's offense got back in the game.

York got another run back in the fifth and then took the lead in the bottom of the sixth. The inning started with a Lechner single up the middle. Jurkiewicz then popped up a bunt that just eluded the Bullets' diving first baseman. She was able to reach base safely, setting the stage for Jayci Cristaudo (Mechanicsville, Md./Chopticon). Cristaudo picked the perfect time to hit her first collegiate home run as the freshman centerfielder blasted a 2-2 offering from Aileen Reilly deep over the left centerfield wall, giving York a 6-5 lead.

The Bullets tied the game on a Mykeala Twitchell pinch hit single to left but Courtney Martin came back in the game to get the final two outs of the inning, preserving the tie and setting the stage for Lechner's heroics in the seventh.

The game-winning rally started when Emily Glatts (Brookhaven, Pa./Padua Academy) struck out but reached on a wild pitch. Megan Martin then walked and was followed by a Ruleman single to load the bases. Lechner ripped 1-1 pitch back up the middle to win the game in dramatic fashion for York.

Courtney Martin earned the win but it was Jurkiewicz who came up huge for York. Jurkiewicz tossed 4.1 innings, allowing one unearned run on five hits with a strikeout and two walks. Martin allowed five runs, two earned, on eight hits in 2.2 innings of action. She improves to 8-5 with the win.

Reilly suffered her first loss of the year as she allowed seven runs on 13 hits with seven strikeouts and three walks in her six-plus innings of work.

Ruleman had a huge game two as the sophomore was 3-for-4 with a home run, a double, and a single. Ruleman missed a second home run by inches as her double hit the top of the wall and caromed back into the field of play. Cristaudo was 2-for-4 with three RBI and tow runs scored. Savannah Zittle (Port Deposit, Md./Catholic High School of Baltimore) and Lechner each had two hits for the Green and White.

Abell led the Bullets, as she was 3-for-5 with a run scored. Meghan Hisgen was 1-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Sam Misurell was 1-for-3 with two RBI.

The Spartans return to action on Wednesday afternoon when they host Lycoming College in a non-conference doubleheader. First pitch from Spartan Stadium is set for 3:00 pm.

Photo courtesy of David Sinclair