YORK, PA – The York College softball squad rolled to a 9-3 Capital Athletic Conference tournament victory over the University of Mary Washington on a sun splashed Thursday afternoon in York.
The Spartans improve to 32-6 as they advance to the weekend in the double elimination tournament 2-0. The Eagles fall to 9-25-1 overall while they are now 1-1 in the tournament.
After going one-two-three in the bottom of the first, the Spartans used an Eagle error to kick start a second inning rally. Junior Kelly Smith (Riverdale, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) reached on a fielding error with one out. Senior Sam Lawrence (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) next ripped a triple to left center on an 0-2 pitch to plate Smith with the first run of the game. Lawrence scored when Brittany Therres (Hughesville, Md./Thomas Stone) laid down a beautifully executed suicide squeeze as the Spartan lead grew to 2-0. With two outs, Brittany Schlorff (Hatboro, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) doubled to right center and then scored when senior catcher Julie Norris (Frederick, Md./Frederick) ripped a single up the middle.
The Eagles answered with one run in the top of the third as Danielle Cunetta doubled to lead off the inning. She came around to score on a single to short by Brandee Adams.
The Spartan lead remained two runs until the big bottom of the fifth. Heather Bormann (Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial) had a two run triple in the frame while Smith added a three run bomb off the scoreboard as the Spartan lead grew to 8-1.
The Eagles knocked Therres from the game in the sixth but freshman Corrine Majczan (Center Valley, Pa./Southern Lehigh) came in to get York out of the inning with just two runs of damage.
Therres picked up the win as she improves to 23-3 overall. She tossed five-plus innings, allowing three runs on seven hits with one strikeout. Majczan allowed two hits with three strikeouts in her two-inning stint.
Annie Blaine absorbed the loss as she allowed three unearned runs on three hits in 1.2 innings of work. Cunetta allowed six runs on five hits with two walks and a strikeout in 3.2 innings of action.
Smith led the Spartans offense with her first home run of the year. She was 1-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored. Lawrence and Norris each had two hits while Norris drove in two runs. Lawrence plated one run and scored another. Bormann was 1-for-4 with two RBI.
Adams and Kaitlin Petrella each had a pair of knocks and an RBI for the Eagles. Amanda Adams also had an RBI for Mary Washington.
The Spartans will face nationally ranked Salisbury on Saturday, April 17 in a battle of the tournament's two undefeated teams. The winner of that contest advances directly to Sunday to play for the CAC championship. The loser of that contest will again play on Saturday at 3:00 pm. Mary Washington will face an elimination game on Saturday against Stevenson at 1:00 pm in Salisbury.