FREDERICKSBURG, VA – One day after beating the 15th ranked team in the country, the York College softball team suffered a pair of shutout losses in Capital Athletic Conference play on Sunday at Mary Washington.
The Eagles won the opener 1-0 and completed the sweep with a 2-0 win in the nightcap as the Spartan offense was shut out for the fourth and fifth time this season.
York falls to 19-13 overall and 7-7 in the CAC while the Eagles improve to 19-11 overall and 7-5 in the league.
The Eagles had a threat in the second as they had runners at second and third but Spartan starter Courtney Martin (Willow Street, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) got a pop out and a strikeout to end the inning.
York got two runners on in the third but couldn't move the runners with only one out.
The Eagles struck for the game's lone run in the fourth as Hannah Otterman singled and scored when catcher Olivia Tatara tripled down the left field line with two outs to score Otterman.
The Green and White got a pair of runs on to open the sixth as Katie Maloney (Aston, Pa./Sun Valley) singled to third and Carleigh Ruleman (Owings, Md./Northern) walked. Otterman got a strikeout and a double play on a pop up to extricate herself from the situation.
York had one last chance to tie the game in the seventh as Emily Glatts (Brookhaven, Pa./Padua Academy) doubled to lead off the inning. Otterman got a strikeout, a pop out to second, and a strikeout to end the game.
Otterman went the distance in the four-hit shutout. She struck out five and walked three in the win. Otterman improves to 9-3 with the win.
Martin deserved better than the loss as she tossed six innings allowing one run on eight hits with two strikeouts and no walks. She falls to 14-10 with the loss.
Otterman was also the star at the plate for the Eagles as she was 3-for-3 with a run scored. Tatara was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Emily Briggs also had a pair of hits for UMW.
Martin had two of the Spartans' four hits while Maloney and Glatts has York's other hits.
Game two followed much of the same script as the Spartan offense struggled to back another strong pitching performance. The Eagles opened the scoring earlier in game two as Mary Washington lead off hitter Brittany Scites blasted a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the first.
Mary Washington pushed the lead to 2-0 in the second as Tatara doubled and Otterman drove her in for the run. Martin came into the game to relieve starter Melissa Jurkiewicz (Willow Street, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) and got York out of the inning without any further damage.
York didn't get their first hit until Maloney led off the fourth with an infield single. The Spartans got a pair of hits in the fifth but the Eagles would get out of it with a fly out to left.
York got a lead off double to left from Taylor Hensley (Abingdon, Md./Bel Air) in the seventh but she wouldn't move as the Spartans suffered the tough shutout loss.
Rachel Watts earned the win as she tossed a four-hit shutout as she struck out five and did not walk a batter. Watts improves to 5-4 with the win.
Jurkiewicz suffered the loss as she allowed two runs on three hits in her one-plus inning of work. Martin was fantastic in relief as tossed five shutout innings. She allowed three hits and walked two for York.
Otterman led the Eagle offense as she was 2-for-2 with an RBI. Tatara was 1-for-3 with a run scored while Scites was 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored.
Hensley was 1-for-1 with her second double of the year. Maloney, Megan Martin (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East) and Courtney Martin had the other hits for York.
The Spartans will return to action on Thursday when they open play in the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament. York will face either Frostburg State or Mary Washington in the tournament's opening round. Those two squads face off tomorrow afternoon to determine the final tournament seeding. The tournament will be hosted by top seeded Christopher Newport on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Courtney Martin photo courtesy of Joe Rodgers