Spartans Improve to 4-0 with Pair of Tuesday Wins

Spartans Improve to 4-0 with Pair of Tuesday Wins

N. MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The York College softball squad continued their strong early season play with a sweep of two games on Tuesday afternoon in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. The Spartans defeated #15 Ohio Northern 7-1 in the opener before completing the sweep with a 12-4 win over Capital Athletic Conference foe Mary Washington in the nightcap.

York is now 4-0 overall including having outscored their opponents 39-8 for the year. The Polar Bears, who entered the season ranked 15th in the nation, are now 0-3 while Mary Washington falls to 4-7 for 2011.

In the opener, the Spartans opened the scoring in the top of the third with a Michelle Barwick two-run single with two outs as the Green and White seized the 2-0 advantage.

York added to the lead in the fifth as senior Kelly Smith stroked a two-run single, plating Brittany Schlorff and Meghan Boyer as the Spartan lead grew to 4-0. The Polar Bears broke up the shutout in the fifth with an RBI single off the bat of Kimi Blewett with two outs in the inning.

The Spartans closed out the scoring in the seventh as the Green and White tallied three runs on five hits and two Ohio Northern errors.

Freshman Chelsea Bock picked up her first collegiate win as she tossed six innings of relief, allowing a run on eight hits with four strikeouts and a walk. Bock improves to 1-0, as she was stellar in the win. Junior Brittany Therres started the game and allowed one hit in her one inning pitched.

Bree Hiteshaw started and allowed four runs, two earned, on seven hits with four strikeouts and a walk. Hiteshaw falls to 0-1 with the loss. Dani Steepe tossed an inning of relief as she allowed three runs, one earned, on five hits.

Barwick paced the Spartan offense, as she was 2-for-4 with three RBI. Freshman Emma Erbil, Boyer, and Desiree Halaka each had two hits to aid the 12-hit Spartan attack. Schlorff tallied two hits and two runs scored while Boyer added an RBI and a run scored while Halaka dented the plate twice.

Blewett paced the Polar Bear offense, as she was 3-for-4 with one RBI.

In the nightcap, the Spartans jumped on their conference rival early as they exploded for five runs in the top of the first. Barwick had a two run single while Therres followed two batters later with a three-run home run.

The Eagles clawed back into the game with a two-spot in the bottom of the first off Therres. York quickly got those two runs back in the top of the second as Erbig launched her first collegiate home run, a two run shot that put the Spartans up 7-2.

The Spartans added another three runs in the fourth courtesy of RBIs from Rachel Klein, Barwick, and Therres. The Eagles got two of those three runs back in the bottom of the frame but the Spartans put the game out of reach in the sixth as Barwick had an RBI triple followed by Therres plating her first baseman with an RBI single.

Therres earned the win as she went the distance, tossing six innings, allowing four runs on 10 hits with two walks and two strikeouts. She improves to 3-0 with the victory. Danielle Cunetta absorbed the complete game loss as she allowed 12 runs, all earned, on 15 hits with four strikeouts and three walks.

Barwick had a banner day, as she was 4-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored. Therres added two hits, five RBI, and one run scored. Erbig chipped in with two hits, two RBI and a pair of runs scored for the 15-hit Spartan attack.

Brandee Adams led the Eagles with three hits with two runs scored while Amanda Adams was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.

The Spartans face the same two teams on Wednesday. York plays Mary Washington at 11:30 am followed by a third contest against Ohio Northern at 1:30 pm.