CHESTERTOWN, MD – The York College softball team split a non-conference doubleheader at Washington College on Wednesday afternoon in Chestertown, MD. The Spartans won the opener 3-2 while the Shorewomen returned the favor with a 4-3 win in the nightcap, salvaging the split.
The Spartans, who put the brakes on a five game skid, are now 19-17 overall while Washington stands at 21-19 after the split.
In the opener, the Spartans jumped out to an early lead courtesy of a two run top of the first. Senior Karen Carr doubled to left to open the game. Fellow senior Michelle Barwick reached on an error, which also allowed Carr to score, giving the Spartans to 1-0 lead. Senior Kelly Smith then plated Barwick with a two-out single to center.
Each team tallied a single run in the third. York's run came on a Washington error while the Shorewomen tally came on a Leigh Carbutt RBI single to left. The Spartans' half of the third could have been bigger but York left the bases loaded in the frame.
Things were quiet offensively until the bottom of the seventh when Washington got a single run off a sacrifice fly. The hosts had runners at the corners with two outs but junior Brittany Therres got a ground out to second to end the game.
Therres earned the win as she tossed her eighth complete game of the year. She allowed two runs on six hits with four strikeouts and four walks as she improves to 11-10 for the year.
Meaghan Kimme suffered the loss as she allowed three runs, one earned, on eight hits in three innings. She falls to 8-6 with the loss. Brittany Walter threw the final four innings, allowing just one walk and one hit in her stint.
Sophomore Erin O'Leary led the Spartans, as she was 3-for-4. Freshman Emma Erbig continues to pound the ball as she was 2-for-3 in the win. Smith had a hit and an RBI while Carr was 1-for-3 with a run scored.
Walter led the Washington offense as she was 2-for-2 while Carbutt and Lindsey Glascock each had a hit and an RBI.
The Spartans stranded ten runners in the game while the Shorewomen left nine runners on base.
In the second game, the Shorewomen got a three run homer to right center in the bottom of the first from Kylie Nottingham, giving Washington the 3-0 lead.
Washington added a single tally on a Chelsea Bock wild pitch in the bottom of the second as the lead grew to 4-0.
York got on the board in the fifth courtesy of a Meghan Boyer two-run homer to center. The Spartans added a third run on a Brittany Schlorff RBI single to center as the Spartans' deficit was down to one run.
The Spartans got a runner on in the seventh but a fielder's choice erased the runner as the Green and White could not push across the tying run.
Walter picked up the win as she tossed the first 4.2 innings of the game. She allowed three runs on five hits with two strikeouts and one walk. She improves to 9-9 with the win. Jill Piasecki earned the save as she allowed a run on one hit in 2.1 innings of action. The save her first of the year.
Bock suffered the loss as she allowed four runs on three hits with two strikeouts and a walk in 2.0 innings of work. She falls to 8-7 with the setback. Therres was strong in relief as she tossed four shutout innings, allowing just three hits while she had a strikeout.
Nottingham paced Washington, as she was 1-for-3 with three RBI on her sixth home run of the year. Glascock added two hits and an RBI while Walter was 1-for-3 with a run scored.
Schlorff and Barwick paced the Spartan offense with two hits each. Schlorff drove in one while Barwick also scored a run for York. Boyer was 1-for-2 with two RBI on her first career home run.
The Spartans return to action Sunday afternoon when they travel to DeSales University to face the Bulldogs in a non-conference twin bill. Game one is slated for a 12:00 pm start.
Photo: Erin O'Leary had three hits in the Spartans' game one win over Washington