YORK, PA – York College softball freshman right-hander Melissa Jurkiewicz (Oak Ridge, N.J./Jefferson Township) twirled a six-inning game one perfect game as the Spartans swept Southern Virginia on Saturday afternoon in a Capital Athletic Conference doubleheader.
York won game one 8-0 in six innings and game two 10-2 in six innings.
Jurkiewicz was fantastic in the game one win while she got a few key defensive plays to post the perfect game. She struck out nine and needed just 74 pitches to complete the gem.
The Spartans opened the scoring in the first with a pair of runs on just one hit. Jayci Cristaudo (Mechanicsville, Md./Chopticon) began the inning with a ground ball single to second. A Southern Virginia error and passed ball put Spartans at second and third. Katie Maloney (Aston, Pa./Sun Valley) drove in Cristaudo with the game's first run on an RBI ground out. Ashley Lechner (Willow Street, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) plated the game's second run with another RBI ground out.
Knights' starter Jamie Pinkston held the Spartans off the board in the second and third innings but York got a solo homer from Lechner to open the fourth to put the Spartans up 3-0. Vanessa Mendez (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) drilled a double to left center to score Megan Martin (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East) from second to increase the York lead to 4-0.
The Green and White added to the lead in the fifth as York got a two-run single from Lechner as the Spartan lead grew to 6-0. The York offense ended the game with a two run triple from Savannah Zittle (Port Deposit, Md./Catholic High School of Baltimore) in the bottom of the sixth to provide for the 8-0 score.
Pinkston suffered the loss as she allowed eight runs, four earned, on nine hits with two strikeouts and no walks in 5.2 innings of work. She was hurt by three SVU errors in the game.
Cristaudo led the Spartans from the lead off spot, as she was 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Lechner had a big game one with a home run and a single as she drove in four runs. Zittle was 1-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.
The Knights came out determined to not be dominated by Jurkiewicz in game two as Southern Virginia came out attacking at the plate. The Knights got an RBI single from MaKenzie Cox after Annie Biggs had walked and was advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. A two base error by the Spartans enabled the Knights to push the lead to 2-0 before the Spartans got their first at-bats in the game.
The Green and White answered the Knights in a big way in the bottom of the first. The Spartans put five runs on the board with Lechner striking the big blow with a three-run jack to deep center as York quickly regained control of the game.
The five runs in the bottom of the first would be more than enough for Jurkiewicz as the freshman settled in and shut down Southern Virginia the rest of the way. The Knights had three singles over the remaining four innings as the Spartan offense did the rest.
York got a single run in the third as Madison Fitzgerald (Prince Frederick, Md./Huntingtown) had an RBI single up the middle with two outs in the inning.
The Green and White closed out the victory with four runs in the bottom of the sixth, providing for the final 10-2 score.
Jurkiewicz earned her second win of the day as she allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits with seven strikeouts and one walk in six innings of work. She improves to 5-1 with the two wins for the day.
Pinkston took the second loss of the day as she allowed ten runs, nine earned, on 13 hits in 5.1 innings of work. She struck out three and walked three as she is now 0-11 for the year.
Fitzgerald led the Spartans as she was 3-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Taylor Hensley (Abingdon, Md./Bel Air) was 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored while Cristaudo was 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Lechner was 1-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored. Lechner now has five home runs after her two on Saturday.
Pinkson was 2-for-3 to lead the Knights while Cox was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
The Spartans return to action on Wednesday afternoon when they host Messiah College in a non-conference doubleheader. Game one is slated for a 3:00 pm start.