April 26, 2011

Spartans Drop Double Dip to Shenandoah

YORK, PA – The NCAA Tournament bound Shenandoah Hornets handed the York College Spartan softball team a pair of non-conference losses on a beautiful, sun drenched Tuesday in York. The Hornets won game one 3-1 and completed the sweep with a come-from-behind 5-3 win in the nightcap.

The Hornets improve to 29-14 overall while the Spartans are now 18-16. York has lost five straight and nine of their last 11.

In game one, Shenandoah pitcher Brooke Over tossed a no-hitter despite allowing a run to the Spartans. Over improved to 20-7 overall as she struck out six, walked three, and hit two others en route to the no-hitter. It is Over's second no-hitter of the 2011 season.

The Hornets got on the board in the top of the first. Leadoff hitter Jolisa Jones hit a pop up in front of Spartan starter Chelsea Bock. The ball hit and started to spin back to foul territory but catcher Rachel Klein picked up the ball, allowing Jones to reach with an infield hit. A sacrifice bunt and a ground out to second moved Jones to third. She came in to score on an Ashley Plaugher single to right.

Jones was in the middle of the action again in the third as she singled to left, moved to second on a sacrifice and to third on a passed ball before scoring on a Heather Sink ground out to second as the Hornets took a 2-0 lead.

Shenandoah made it 3-0 thanks to a pair of Spartan errors in the top of the sixth inning.

York got a run back in the bottom of the sixth without the benefit of a hit. Junior Brittany Schlorff walked and then senior Desiree Halaka was hit by a pitch to put Spartans at first and second. A Megan Markland sacrifice moved Schlorff and Halaka to second and third with one out. Over got a foul out before Karen Carr plated the Spartans' run as she reached on an error.

Bock took the loss for York as she allowed three runs but just one earned run on five hits with one strikeout and one walk.

Jones led the Hornets as she was 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Sink and Plaugher each added an RBI while Shatora Lane also had a run scored for Shenandoah.

Senior Kelly Smith walked twice for the Spartans while Schlorff scored York's lone run.

In the second game, York struck first in the bottom of the second. Freshman Nicole O'Donnell got hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a sacrifice. With two outs, freshman Brittany Alvarado registered an infield hit. The throw attempting to get Alvarado sailed high, allowing O'Donnell to motor around third and touch the plate for the game's first run.

York tacked on a second run in the fourth courtesy of a Schlorff sacrifice fly as she drove in Smith, who walked to open the inning.

The Hornets trimmed the Spartan lead in half in the fifth with a Jones RBI single to center, scoring pinch runner Brittany Guepe with Shenandoah's first run.

Shenandoah took the lead for good in the top of the sixth and a Spartan error played a huge role in the uprising. The Hornets got a walk, an error, and a single to load the bases with one out off Bock who came into the game to start the inning. After an RBI ground out tied the game at two, pitcher Jordan Wolford stroked a two run single to right centerfield, giving the Hornets a 4-2 lead.

York trimmed the lead to 4-3 thanks to a fielder's choice RBI from Meghan Boyer but York left two runners stranded to end the sixth.

Shenandoah scored an insurance run in the top of the seventh on another Spartan error to make it 5-3. The Hornets would turn out to not need the fifth run as the Spartans went quietly in the bottom of the seventh.

Wolford earned the win as she tossed a complete game, allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits with two strikeouts and three walks. She improves to 8-2 with the win. Bock suffered the loss in relief as she allowed four unearned runs on three hits and a walk. She is now 8-6 with the loss. Junior Brittany Therres started and allowed a run on six hits in her five innings of work.

Jones led the Hornets as the second baseman was 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Wolford added two hits and two RBI to the Hornet offense.

The Spartans only had four singles in the games as Therres, Boyer, freshman Roseann Doherty, and Alvarado each had a hit in the game for York. Boyer and Schlorff had the Spartans' RBI in the game.

The Spartans return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Washington College for a non-conference twin bill in Chestertown, MD. Game one is slated for a 3:00 pm start.