#2 Salisbury Sweeps Spartans on Cold Saturday in York

#2 Salisbury Sweeps Spartans on Cold Saturday in York

YORK, PA – The York College softball squad dropped a pair of Capital Athletic Conference decisions to #2 Salisbury University on a bitterly cold Saturday afternoon in York. The Sea Gulls won game one 10-2 in five innings in the opener then completed the sweep with a 9-1 win in six innings in the nightcap.

The Sea Gulls improve to 16-1 overall and 6-0 in the CAC. The Spartans fall to 11-7 overall and 0-2 in the league.

Salisbury jumped on the Green and White early and often in the opener as they scored four runs in the top of the first. The Gulls first five hitters all had a hit in the frame as Salisbury got off to a roaring start. The Sea Gulls would finish the first inning with four runs as they seized control of the game early.

Salisbury added two runs in the second inning to take a 6-0 lead. The lead eventually grew to 8-0 with a pair of Salisbury runs in the top of the fourth. York finally got on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Spartans loaded the bases with no outs to start the inning. York got their first run of the game as Emily Glatts (Brookhaven, Pa./Padua Academy) blasted a long fly ball off the top of the centerfield fence. The ball was about six inches away from being a grand slam but instead, the Spartans got just one run as a base running error allowed just the runner from third to come home. Another base running error resulted in a pick off followed by a strikeout and a fly out allowing Sea Gull starter Rachel Johnson to escape the inning without more damage.

Salisbury pushed the lead to 10-1 with another two spot in the fifth before the Spartans closed out the scoring with a single run in the bottom of the fifth. York left the bases loaded in the fifth, as they were unable to get a clutch hit to keep the game going.

Johnson improved to 10-1 as she threw five innings, allowing one run on six hits with seven strikeouts and two walks. Annie Pietanza relieved Johnson to start the fifth but gave up two singles and Johnson was quickly brought back into the game. Pietanza allowed an unearned run on two hits in the two batters she faced.

Freshman Courtney Martin (Willow Street, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) allowed all ten runs on 15 hits with two walks and a strikeout in the game. She falls to 10-6 with the loss.

Rebecca Hoey led the Salisbury offense as she was 3-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored as she blasted her second home run of the year. Katie Sebbane was 2-for-2 with two RBI and two runs scored while Annah Brittingham, was 2-for-2 with two runs scored. Paige Knussman and LeAnne Collins each had two hits while Knussman scored a game-high three runs.

Savannah Zittle (Port Deposit, Md./Catholic High School of Baltimore) and Glatts each had two hits to pace the Spartans. Glatts and Katie Maloney (Aston, Pa./Sun Valley) each had an RBI for York.

Game two was a much closer affair early on. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the third inning. The Green and White got on the board first courtesy of an RBI ground out from Maloney as York led 1-0.

That advantage would be short-lived as Hoey blasted a two-run home to deep left in the top of the fourth, giving Salisbury the 2-1 lead. Salisbury poured in on in the fifth as they plated five runs to take the 7-1 lead.

The Gulls closed out the game with two more runs in the top of the sixth, providing for the final 9-1 score.

Brittingham picked up the game two win for Salisbury as she improves to 6-0. She allowed one run on three hits with five walks and four strikeouts in her six innings of work. Freshman Melissa Jurkiewicz (Oak Ridge, N.J./Jefferson Township) pitched better than her line indicated as she allowed nine runs, six earned, on 12 hits in six innings of work. She struck out one and walked another.

Knussman had a big game two as she was 2-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored. Hoey was 1-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored while Molly Simpson was 1-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.

York was held to just three hits as Zittle, Jayci Cristaudo (Mechanicsville, Md./Chopticon), and Vanessa Mendez (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) had singles for York.

The Spartans get right back on the field on Sunday at noon as they host Wesley College in a Capital Athletic Conference twin bill. Game one is slated for a 12:00 pm start.

Emily Glatts photo courtesy of Joe Rodgers