York Erases Eight-Run Deficit During Friday Sweep

York Erases Eight-Run Deficit During Friday Sweep

CLERMONT, Fla. – The York College softball team picked up two more wins on Friday, defeating Eastern Nazarene 3-0 and then Cabrini 10-9 in eight innings in non-conference action, as part of the Spartans' Spring Break trip in Clermont, Fla. York trailed Cabrini 9-1 before putting together nine consecutive runs to take down the Cavaliers, the fourth consecutive win for the Spartans.

York (Pa.): 7-3
Eastern Nazarene: 0-1
Cabrini: 3-5

Game One Stats
Runs: York 3 / Eastern Nazarene 0
Hits: York 5 / Eastern Nazarene 2
Errors: York 0 / Eastern Nazarene 3
Left on Base: York 9 / Eastern Nazarene 4

York Offensive Leaders

Ashley Meekins: 3-for-4, run scored

Madison Bowen: 1-for-3, run scored, BB

Ashley Werner: 1-for-3

Eastern Nazarene Offensive Leaders

Lauren Clements: 1-for-2, 2B

Lauren Weidler: 1-for-3, 2B

Spartan Pitching

Melissa Jurkiewicz: 3.0 innings pitched, 1 hit, 0 runs, K

Ginger Lewis: 4.0 innings pitched, 1 hit, 0 run, BB, 12 K (W, 3-1)

Eastern Nazarene Pitching

Elisabeth Schaffer: 4.0 innings pitched, 4 hits, 3 runs, 1 earned run, 3 BB, 4 K (L, 0-1)

Lauren Weidler: 3.0 innings pitched, 1 hit, 0 runs, 3 K

How It Happened

• The Spartans got off to another great start when Ashley Meekins singled as the leadoff hitter in the top of the first. Eryn Bailey laid down a sacrifice bunt, moving Meekins to second but thanks to a throwing error Bailey reached and Meekins moved to third. Bailey moved to second on a ground out from Madison Bowen. Meekins scored, giving York an early 1-0 lead when Haley Hirn dropped a sacrifice bunt. Bailey doubled the advantage successfully stealing home. Melissa Jurkiewicz allowed just one hit in the bottom half, but didn't suffer any damage. 

• In the next three innings, York managed just two hits, while Jurkiewicz and Ginger Lewis combined to hold Eastern Nazarene hitless until the bottom of the seventh inning. The Spartans added another insurance run in the fifth when Savannah Galati drove in Bowen on a fielder's choice ground ball. Bowen opened the inning with a single to left field, and then advanced all the way to third on a fielding error by the shortstop. The bases were loaded after Hirn drew a walk and then Joanna Marmo was hit by a pitch, eventually scoring Bowen. 

• Lauren Clements doubled to left field in the top of the seventh, but Lewis settled down and struck out the next three batters to end the threat, sealing the victory for the Spartans, 3-0, their third in a row. 

Game Two Stats
Runs: York 10 / Cabrini 9
Hits: York 15 / Cabrini 10
Errors: York 2 /Cabrini 4
Left on Base: York 9 / Cabrini 9

York Offensive Leaders
Eryn Bailey: 3-for-5, 3 runs scored, 2 RBI, 3B

Ashley Meekins: 3-for-5, 2 runs scored, 2 RBI

Savannah Zittle: 2-for-4, RBI, run scored

Julie Van O'Linda: 2-for-4, RBI

Cabrini Offensive Leaders
Marissa Alpaugh: 3-for-4, 2 runs scored, RBI, BB, 2B

Amber Seamen: 2-for-4, RBI, run scored, 2B

Olivia Young: 2-for-4, run scored

Spartan Pitching
Ginger Lewis: 3.0 innings pitched, 4 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned runs, 2 BB, 4 K

Melissa Jurkiewicz: 0.2 innings pitched, 4 hits, 7 runs, 3 earned runs, 2 BB

Samantha Kiser: 4.1 innings pitched, 2 hits, 0 runs, 2 BB, 2 K (W, 2-0)

Cabrini Pitching

Casey Schueren: 3.2 innings pitched, 8 hits, 6 runs, 0 earned runs

Emily Smull: 3.2 innings pitched, 7 hits, 4 runs, 3 earned runs (L, 1-1)

How It Happened
• The first two batters for Cabrini worked walks, but Ginger Lewis responded by striking out consecutive hitters. The Cavaliers did take the lead, though, when Marissa Alpaugh singled to left field. Lewis got out of the inning without any more damage, however. 

Madison Bowen laid down an RBI sacrifice bunt in the bottom half of the first, scoring Eryn Bailey in the process, tying the game at 1-1. Cabrini, though, erupted in the top of the second, scoring seven runs on four hits and two errors from the Spartan defense. The Cavaliers, in the middle of the fourth inning, actually led 9-1. 

• York answered in the bottom of the fourth with five runs of its own, getting back into striking distance. With two outs and Shyla Pastore on first, Savannah Galati singled through the right side, moving Pastore to second. Savannah Zittle was next and came through with another base hit, this time to right field, scoring Pastore and moving Jordan Vazquez, who pinch ran for Galati, to third. Ashley Meekins, one of the freshmen that have contributed significantly in the early part of the season, ripped a triple down the right field line, scoring both Vazquez and Zittle. Bailey kept the rally going, singling to center and scoring Meekins. Bailey eventually scored, closing the deficit to 9-6 when Haley Hirn singled to right field. 

• After a scoreless fifth, Meekins led off the bottom of the sixth with a base hit. She scored when Bailey launched a triple, one of her three hits in the game. Bowen drove Bailey home with a single, pulling York within just one run. Bowen would tie the game on a single from Julie Van O'Linda, completely eliminating the Spartans' eight-run deficit. 

• The game stayed deadlocked at 9-9 through the seventh inning, forcing extras. After three consecutive outs without a hit in the top of the eighth, the Spartans finished off the comeback. Bowen was placed on second, due to extra-inning rules, and quickly moved to third when Hirn reached on an error. She bolted home for the game winning run on a wild pitch.

York is now 22-9 all-time in Clermont, Fla. … York is 7-3 on this season's Spring Break trip … Eryn Bailey set multiple career highs with three hits, her first career triple, two RBI and three runs scored … Ashley Meekins recorded three hits for the third time in her young career and her third career triple … four different Spartans are hitting at least .400 with at least 15 at-bats … Savannah Galati is 8-for-15, hitting .533 with six RBI and two doubles … Savannah Zittle is hitting .444, going 12-for-27 with four doubles, a triple, a homer and 12 RBI … freshmen Madison Bowen and Meekins are each hitting .414 … York is 2-0 when scoring 10 or more runs … when the Spartans score in the first inning, they are 4-0.

York concludes its Spring Break trip with a pair of games on Sunday in Clermont, Fla. The Spartans will play Finlandia at 1 p.m. and then New England College at 3 p.m.