Spartans Earn Non-Conference Split with Messiah on Frigid Wednesday

Spartans Earn Non-Conference Split with Messiah on Frigid Wednesday

YORK, PA – The York College softball squad earned a non-conference split with Messiah on a frigid day at Spartan Stadium in York.

The Falcons won game one 3-0 but York rebounded to earn the split with a 3-1 win in the nightcap.

The Spartans are now 18-10 overall while the Falcons stand at 16-7 overall. The Spartans' win in game two snapped a 13-game Messiah win streak.

In game one, the Falcons got on the board early as Carrie Fix doubled, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and eventually scored on an infield single to short.

The Spartans had a chance to even the score in the second as they had runners on first and second but a pair of groundouts eliminated the York threat.

Spartan starter Melissa Jurkiewicz (Oak Ridge, N.J/Jefferson Township) did a fantastic job of working out of trouble in the third as Emily Quatrale led off the inning with a triple to right. Jurkiewicz got a pair of groundouts and a line out to leave Quatrale standing on third at the end of the inning.

York had their best chance of game one as Ashley Lechner (Willow Street, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) stroked a lead off double down the left field line to lead off the fourth. Falcon starter Claressa Mees got a strike out, a ground out and a strikeout to leave Lechner standing at second at the end of the frame.

The Falcons got tricky in the fifth to get their second run of the game. Fix tripled with one out in the inning. Brooke Pompeo laid down a squeeze bunt except Fix never broke towards home. Pompeo continued towards second to draw a throw. The play worked as York threw to get Pompeo at second as Fix slid across the plate with the Falcons second run.

Messiah added an unearned run in the sixth to close out the scoring.

Mees tossed the complete game shutout as she scattered six hits with six strikeouts and a walk in her seven innings of work. She improves to 8-3 with the win.

Jurkiewicz threw well as she allowed three runs, two earned, on 10 hits with two strikeouts and no walks in her seven innings of work. She falls to 5-2 with the loss.

Fix led the Falcons with two hits and a pair of runs scored. Courtney Allen notched two hits and an RBI while Nicole Blantz was 1-for-2 with an RBI.

Jayci Cristaudo (Mechanicsville, Md./Chopticon) led York with two hits including her seventh double of the year. Four other Spartans had hits in the game for York.

The nightcap featured an explosive first inning and nothing but zeros afterwards.

The Falcons got an RBI single in the top of the first from Becky Notte to open the scoring.

The Spartans finally got on the board in the bottom of the first. Cristaudo singled to center to start the inning. Cristaudo moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored when Lechner dumped a single over first baseman Sydney Boreman's head just inside the right field line. Sophomore Carleigh Ruleman (Owings, Md./Northern) then socked a 1-2 pitch from Fix deep over the wall down the left field line as the ball snuck inside the foul pole for Ruleman's sixth home run of the year.

That would be enough offense for Spartan starter Courtney Martin (Willow Street, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) as the freshman was very strong in her first start since last week. Martin scattered five hits over the remaining six innings as she picked up the win. For the game, Martin allowed the one run on seven hits with two strikeouts and one walk. She improves to 13-8 with the victory, as she needed just 79 pitches in the complete game win.

Fix absorbed the loss as she allowed three runs on seven hits with three strikeouts and one walk. Fix falls to 6-4 with the setback.

Ruleman finished the game 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Katie Maloney (Aston, Pa./Sun Valley) banged out a pair of hits in the win while Cristaudo was 1-for-3 with a run scored. Lechner finished the game 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.

Nicole Blantz led the Falcons with a pair of hits including a double. Fix was 1-for-4 with a run scored while Notte had the Falcons' lone RBI in the loss.

The Spartans take to the road for an important weekend trip as they head to Christopher Newport on Saturday and Mary Washington on Sunday. The Saturday twin bill in Newport News is set for a 1:00 pm start. Those two doubleheaders close out the Spartans' regular season Capital Athletic Conference schedule. The CAC Tournament is slated to start Thursday, April 16 at the site of the highest seed. The final tournament seeding will be determined after this weekend's conference play.

Carleigh Ruleman photo courtesy of David Sinclair