CENTER VALLEY, PA – The York College softball team suffered a pair of close losses to DeSales University in a non-conference twinbill on Sunday in Center Valley, PA. The Bulldogs won game one 2-0 and completed the sweep with a 3-2 win in the nightcap.
The Bulldogs improve to 21-11 with the two wins while the Spartans fall to .500 at 19-19 with two contests left in 2011.
In game one, Bulldog starter Jen Lococo was outstanding as she handcuffed the Spartan offense all game long. She tossed a two-hit shutout with one strike out as both Spartan hits were singles. Lococo did not allow a base runner until junior Brittany Schlorff singled with one out in the fifth. Lococo improves to 9-5 with the win.
Spartan starter Brittany Therres was outstanding in her own right as she allowed just two runs on six hits with four strikeouts and a walk as she suffered the tough loss. Therres falls to 11-11 with the setback.
The Bulldogs got all the runs they needed on a two-out, two-run double off the bat of Brianna Chilcoat in the bottom of the second.
In addition to Schlorff's single, freshman Emma Erbig had a seventh inning infield single.
Chilcoat went 2-for-2 with two RBI to pace DeSales while Courtney McKenna also had a pair of knocks for the hosts.
In game two, the Bulldogs seized the early lead with single runs in the first and second innings. The Spartans tied the game at two in the top of the third as Erbig and Megan Markland each had run scoring singles in the frame. The Spartans left the bases loaded in the inning, as the inning could have potentially been a bigger one.
DeSales got the game-winning run with two outs after a Spartan error extended the inning, allowing Julie Brugger to drive in the winning run on a single to center.
Christine Petrilla earned the win in relief, as she was outstanding. Petrilla held York to just one base runner, on a walk, in three innings as she improves to 3-2 overall. Katie Morrissey started for the Bulldogs and did not get a decision as she allowed two unearned runs on three hits with three walks and a strikeout in four innings of work.
Freshman Chelsea Bock allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits with four punchouts and one free pass in six innings of action. She falls to 8-8 with the loss.
Katie Steiner led the Bulldog offense as she was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Petrilla and Brugger each had a hit and an RBI for the hosts.
Erbig and Markland each went 1-for-3 with an RBI while Bock had the Spartans' other hit in the contest.
York closes out its 2011 regular season on Tuesday when they host Messiah in a non-conference twin bill. Game one is slated for a 4:00 pm start.