NEWPORT NEWS, VA – The York College softball squad stayed alive in the 2017 Capital Athletic Conference Tournament with a dramatic 8-7 victory over third-seeded Salisbury University on Thursday afternoon in Newport News, Virginia. The Spartans eliminated the Sea Gulls and now move on to face Mary Washington in a second elimination game on Friday afternoon.
Runs: York 8 / SAL 7
Hits: York 10 / SAL 12
Errors: York 1 / SAL 3
Left on Base: York 8 / SAL 5
Spartan Offensive Leaders
Carleigh Ruleman: 2-for-4, 1 run scored, 5 RBI, HR
Haley Hirn: 1-for-4, 1 run scored, RBI, HR
Joanna Marmo: 2-for-4, 2 runs scored, RBI, 2B
Julie Van O'Linda: 2-for-3
Savannah Zittle: 1-for-3, 3 runs scored, 2 BB
Salisbury Offensive Leaders
LeAnne Collins: 4-for-4, 3 runs scored, 2 RBI, 2 2B, HR
Brooke Yerger: 3-for-4, RBI, 2B
Kristen Yanarella: 2-for-3
Ginger Lewis: 3.0 IP, 8 hits, 4 earned runs, 0 K, 0 BB (Win, 12-9)
Melissa Jurkiewicz: 4.0 IP, 4 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned runs, 1 K, 0 BB (Save, 1)
Rachael Milligan: 3.1 IP, 8 hits, 7 earned runs, 2 K, 2 BB (Loss, 9-8)
Shannon Powell: 3.2 IP, 2 hits, 1 earned run, 1 K, 1 BB
How It Happened:
• York jumped on top with a pair of runs in the top of the first. Joanna Marmo doubled down the left field line to score Savannah Zittle who had walked to lead off the game. Carleigh Ruleman then singled home Marmo to put York up 2-0.
• Salisbury answered with a single run in the bottom of the first on a LeAnne Collins solo home run to center to lead off the frame.
• York took a 3-1 lead in the top of the third as Haley Hirn launched a solo homer to center for her sixth home run of the year.
• Salisbury answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the third courtesy of an Annie Pietanza RBI ground out to score Collins.
• The fourth inning featured offensive fireworks on both sides. The Spartans loaded the bases with one out. Up to the plate stepped Ruleman, the CAC's leading home run hitter. On the first pitch, Ruleman blasted a grand slam to right center, putting York up 7-2.
• Salisbury answered York's four spot with a four run inning of their own. The Sea Gulls got their four runs on four hits with one Spartan error.
• York got the eventual winning run on a wild pitch in the top of the sixth.
• Salisbury edged to within a run with a Brooke Yerger RBI single with two outs. Melissa Jurkiewicz was able to get the final out of the inning on a pop up.
• With the game in the balance in the top of the seventh, Marmo made a fantastic catch on a fly ball down the right field line to lead off the seventh inning. After that defensive gem, Jurkiewicz got a pair of ground outs to end the game.
After losing 24 straight against Salisbury, the Spartans took two of three games from the Sea Gulls this season … the victory over Salisbury is the first against the Gulls in the CAC Tournament … the Spartans prevented Salisbury from making their 21st straight appearance in the CAC Championship game … Salisbury had won 18 of the last 20 Capital Athletic Conference championships … senior Carleigh Ruleman continues to lead the CAC in home runs (15) while she is also tied for first with Annie Pietanza in RBI with 49 … Ruleman has eight more home runs than the next closest player in the CAC … Ruleman is third in the CAC in on-base percentage (.513) and first in the CAC in slugging percentage by 60 points (.846) … freshman Ginger Lewis owns two wins over Salisbury this season … senior Katie Maloney will tie the school record for games played and games started on Friday when York faces UMW … Maloney will tie the school record of Heather Bormann (167 games played and games started) … Bormann is a former Spartan shortstop who played from 2007-10 … Maloney's fourth inning single tied her for second on the all-time hits list as she now has 180 knocks, tying her with Kelly Smith (2008-11) … Ruleman has now doubled her career home run record as she has 35 with Athletic Hall of Famer Joy Byers being second with 17 bombs … Ruleman is now third on the all-time RBI list as she has 117 career RBI, five back of Byers, the all-time leader … Ruleman now owns the school record for total bases with 289, breaking Bormann's record of 275.
The Spartans will face the University of Mary Washington in an elimination game at noon on Friday afternoon in Newport News. The winner of the game will turn around and play in the 2:00 pm game against the loser of the Frostburg State/Christopher Newport game that will be played at 10:00 am.