Ruleman Sets Career Home Run Record as Spartans Split with UMW

Ruleman Sets Career Home Run Record as Spartans Split with UMW

YORK, Pa.  – The Spartans defeated Mary Washingotn in six innings in game one and then lost in extra innings in game two of Saturday's Capital Athletic Conference doubleheader. Junior Carleigh Ruleman moved into first place on the program's career home run list with her homer in game one.

 

Game One

Final Score: York 10 – Mary Washington 2

Season Game Number: 25

Records: York (18-7, 3-2 CAC) / Mary Washington (7-20, 2-3 CAC)

Site: Spartan Stadium – York, Pa.

Winning Pitcher (Record): Melissa Jurkiewicz (11-3)

Losing Pitcher (Record): Courtney Merson (1-4)

Save (Number): None

 

How It Happened

•    The Eagles put one run across with two outs in the top of the first inning as Olivia Tatara scored from third on a Spartan error.

  • York responded in a big way in the bottom of the first frame with four runs. The Spartans started the inning with four-straight hits, including an RBI triple by Ashley Werner to drive in Savannah Zittle for the first run. Joanna Marmo knocked an RBI single to left field and Haley Hirn drove in Marmo with a double. Hirn later scored on a wild pitch for the fourth run.
  • In the bottom of the third, Ruleman tacked on another run and made history in the process as she jacked a solo shot over the left-center field fence for her 18th career home run as she now holds the program's career home run record.
  • The Spartans continued to accumulate runs as Marmo doubled in the fourth to drive in Zittle to give York a 6-1 lead.
  • UMW got one back in the sixth with a solo home run to cut the deficit to 6-2.
  • York came out in the bottom of the sixth and put the game to bed as Zittle led off with a homer to left center. Jurkiewicz then cleaned things up as she recorded a three-RBI double to give York the required eight-run lead to end the game.
 

Spartan Offensive Leaders:

Miranda Shandy: 3-for-3

Savannah Zittle: 2-for-3, 2B, HR, 1 RBI, BB, 3 runs

Joanna Marmo: 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 runs

Haley Hirn: 2-for-3, 2B, 1 RBI, 2 runs

 

Eagle Offensive Leaders:

Malia Rogers: 2-for-3

Emily Briggs: 1-for-3, HR, 1 RBI, 1 run

Olivia Tatara: 1-for-3, 1 run

 

Spartan Pitching:

Melissa Jurkiewicz: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

 

Eagle Pitching:

Courtney Merson: 0.0 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Erin Stinson: 5.1 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

 

Game One Notes: York recorded 10 or more runs for the just the fifth time this season … York's 13 hits is tenth double-digit hit total of the season and ties the third-highest single-game hit total this season … York's five doubles ties the second-highest total this season … York hit multiple home runs for the fifth time this season.

 

Game Two

Final Score: Mary Washington 3 – York 2

Season Game Number: 26

Records: Mary Washington (8-20, 3-3 CAC) / York (18-8, 3-3 CAC)

Site: Spartan Stadium – York, Pa.

Winning Pitcher (Record): Kara Deppe (4-6)

Losing Pitcher (Record): Melissa Jurkiewicz (11-4)

Save (Number): None

 

How It Happened

•    The Spartans got on the board first as Marmo hit a sacrifice fly to left field to drive in Zittle from third in the first inning.

  • York then manufactured another run in the third when Werner laid down a sacrifice bunt to score Katie Maloney from third.
  • The Spartans got an unfortunate break in the top of the sixth when UMW poked a two-run homer to tie the game.
  • Then Mary Washington scored the go-ahead run in the eight on an RBI-single up the middle and York was unable to get any runs across in the bottom of the eighth.
 

Spartan Offensive Leaders:

Haley Hirn: 2-for-3

 

Eagle Offensive Leaders:

Allison Griffith: 2-for-4

Hannah Hautz: 1-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 run

 

Spartan Pitching:

Courtney Martin: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Melissa Jurkiewicz: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

 

Eagle Pitching:

Kara Deppe: 8.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

 

What's Next: The Spartans return to action on Tuesday as they host Franklin & Marshall in a doubleheader starting at 3:00 p.m.

 

Carleigh Ruleman photo courtesy of Joe Rodgers

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