Spartans Celebrate Senior Day with a Sweep of Mary Washington

Spartans Celebrate Senior Day with a Sweep of Mary Washington

YORK, PA – The York College softball squad celebrated senior day with a Capital Athletic Conference sweep of the University of Mary Washington on a sun splashed Saturday afternoon in York. The Spartans won game one 5-2 and concluded the sweep with a 9-1 win in six innings in the nightcap.

York finished the weekend with three wins in four games as they are now tied with Salisbury for second place in the conference.

 

Records:

York (Pa.): 21-10-1, 7-3 CAC

Mary Washington: 14-17-1, 3-4-1

 

Game One

Score: York 2, UMW 2

Hits: York 7, UMW 5

Errors: York 1, UMW 2

Left on Base: York 7, UMW 6

Doubles: York 2, UMW 1

Triples: York 0, UMW 0

Home Runs: York 0, UMW 0

 

How It Happened

• The Spartans got on the board in the bottom of the first with a two out rally. Ashley Meekins started the uprising with a single up the middle. Senior Haley Hirn followed with a single down the third base line to put runners at first and second. Joanna Marmo then reached on an error to load the bases. Senior Ashley Werner then came through with a single up the middle to plate Meekins and Hirn with the game's opening runs.

• York tacked on a third run in the second as Shyla Pastore ripped a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Julie Van O'Linda who doubled to open the frame.

• The Eagles put together a rally of their own in the top of the third. The inning started with a walk to Amy Sykes. After a flyout to center, Hannah Bruns had an infield single and each Eagle runner moved up a base due to a Spartan error. Starter Melissa Jurkiewicz got a strikeout but a wild pitch on strike three allowed Sykes to score the first run for the Eagles. An RBI ground out from Danielle Newman brought the Eagles to within a run. Jurkiewicz got out of the jam as the Spartans maintained the lead.

• The Spartans quickly answered in the bottom of the third as Hirn opened the inning with a walk. She was sacrificed to second and scored on a Werner single to right. Eryn Bailey doubled to deep left to put Spartans at second and third. Van O'Linda then plated pinch runner Mia Ruffalo with a squeeze as York pushed the lead back to three runs.

• Spartan reliever Ginger Lewis closed the door with 1.1 perfect innings to earn her third save of the year.

 

Spartan Leaders

Haley Hirn: 2-for-2, 2 runs scored

Ashley Werner: 2-for-3, 3 RBI

Julie Van O'Linda: 1-for-2, 1 run scored, RBI, 2B

 

Eagle Leaders

Hannah Bruns: 2-for-4, 1 run scored

Malia Rogers: 2-for-3

Kassie Bender: 1-for-2, 2B

 

York Pitching

Melissa Jurkiewicz: 5.2 IP, 5 hits, 2 earned runs, 2 K, 2 BB (Win, 9-4)

Ginger Lewis: 1.1 IP, 0 hits, 0 earned runs (Save, 3)  

 

Mary Washington Pitching

Kara Deppe: 3.2 IP, 7 hits, 5 runs, 3 earned runs, 1 BB, 2 K (Loss, 12-4)

Megan Hibbs: 2.1 IP, 0 hits, 0 runs, 1 K

 

Game Two

Score: York 9, UMW 1

Hits: York 10, UMW 5

Errors: York 1, UMW 3

Left on Base: York 8, UMW 5

Doubles: York 0, UMW 1

Triples: York 0, UMW 0

Home Runs: York 1, McDaniel 0

 

How It Happened

• The Spartans got off to another quick start in game two as the Eagles committed a pair of errors to open the door for York. Joanna Marmo and Ashley Werner each had RBI singles in the frames as the two miscues would come back to haunt Mary Washington.

• The Spartans got a little history in the third as Haley Hirn joined the 100 career hit club as she blasted a solo home run off the scoreboard in left to open the bottom of the third. York added another run in the frame as pinch runner Jordan Vazquez scored on a wild pitch to push the York lead to 4-0 through three innings.

• York tacked on a fifth run in the fifth as Julie Van O'Linda had a great at bat and eventually lifted a sacrifice fly to left scoring Marmo who led off the inning with a single.

• The Eagles got on the board in the top of the sixth as Malia Rogers had an RBI double to get Mary Washington on the board and break up the shutout. York ended the game in the bottom of the sixth as Marmo had her fourth hit of the game to drive in Shyla Pastore who walked to lead off the inning. Werner added to the lead with an RBI single through the left side to score pinch runner Mia Ruffalo. The game ended when the Eagles mishandled a routine ground ball, allowing two unearned runs to score, giving York the eight run win.

 

Spartan Leaders

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

Haley Hirn: 2-for-4, 2 runs scored, RBI, HR

Ashley Werner: 2-for-3, 2 RBI

 

Eagle Leaders

Caroline Callahan: 3-for-3, 1 run scored, 3 SB

Malia Rogers: 2-for-3, RBI, 2B

 

York Pitching

Ginger Lewis: 6.0 IP, 5 hits, 1 earned run, 1 BB, 5 K (Win, 9-5)

 

Mary Washington Pitching

Jena Calvitti: 2.0 IP, 3 hits, 3 runs, 0 earned runs, 2 BB, 0 K (Loss, 2-7)

Jamie Purtell: 0.1 IP, 2 hits, 2 earned runs, 1 BB

Megan HIbbs: 3.1 IP, 5 hits, 4 runs, 3 earned runs, 2 BB, 1 K

 

Notes:

The Spartans swept the Eagles in the regular season for the first time since March 29, 2008 when York won 1-0 and 10-3 at home … prior to the game, the Spartans honored their five Spartan seniors as Haley Hirn, Melissa Jurkiewicz, Ashley Werner, Savannah Zittle, and Meg Martin … Martin made her first start in three years as she was in the starting line up for game one … Martin has served as a Spartan manager for the last two years after an injury prematurely ended her playing career … the Spartan senior class has combined to win 97 games over the last four years … Haley Hirn became the third member of the senior class to reach 100 career hits with her home run in game two … Jurkiewicz picked up the win in game one as she now has 42 career victories, second on the all-time Spartan wins list … York heads to Salisbury next weekend tied with the Sea Gulls, two games back of Christopher Newport.

 

Up Next

The Spartans are now off until Friday, April 20 when they head to Salisbury for a Capital Athletic Conference double header with first pitch coming at 2:30 pm.

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