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Spartans Open CAC Slate With Sweep of Wesley

DOVER, DEL- The York College softball squad posted a Capital Athletic Conference sweep of Wesley on Monday afternoon in Dover, Delaware. The Spartans opened the afternoon with a 6-1 win and concluded the day with an 11-5 win in game two.

The Spartans improve to 5-9 overall and 2-0 in the league with the two wins while the Wolverines fall to 10-10 overall and 0-4 in the conference. The sweep is the Spartans first of the campaign.

In the opener, the Spartans started the scoring in the third with a trio of runs. The Spartans got their three runs on four hits. York added a single run in the fourth and two more in the fifth to take a 6-0 lead.

The Wolverines finally reached Spartan starter Brittany Therres for a run in the bottom of the sixth, spoiling the York shutout.

Therres earned the win as she allowed one run on four hits in six innings of work. She struck out four and walked four as she improves to 4-4 overall. Meghan McGonigle suffered the loss as she allowed six runs, four earned, on nine hits with three walks in five innings of action. She falls to 3-4 overall.

Junior Hannah Hugel paced the Spartan offense, as she was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Carly Farr chipped in with two hits while Erin O'Leary was 1-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI. Therres contributed a hit with an RBI and a run scored for the Green and White.

Nikki Barton led the Wolverines with two hits and Wesley's lone RBI in the game.

In game two, York jumped out to a 2-0 lead with single runs in the top of the first and second innings. The Wolverines tied the game at two with a two-run frame in the bottom of the third.

After a scoreless fourth, the Spartan offense exploded for a season-high eight run inning in the fifth. The Green and White banged out seven hits in the inning while a Wesley error aided in the Spartans' big frame.

The Wolverines got three runs back in the bottom of the inning but it wouldn't be enough. The Spartans got another run in the top of the sixth before the game was called in the bottom of the frame due to darkness.

Freshman Sara Thacker earned the win in relief as she tossed two innings to pick up her first collegiate win. She allowed three runs on two hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Cory Urkuski started and allowed two runs, one earned, on no hits, two walks and one strikeout in three innings.

Nicole Piscopo took the loss as she allowed nine runs, six earned, on 10 hits in 4.1 innings of action. She falls to 4-6 with the setback.

O'Leary had a career-high four hits and four RBI in addition to two runs scored for the Green and White. Therres added three hits and an RBI while Rachel Klein picked up two hits and two runs scored. Jena Ruby added a two-run double and a run scored for the Spartans.

Jessica Barranco was 1-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored to lead the Wesley offense. Samantha Barker also had a hit and two RBI for the Wolverines.

After 14 games on the road to start the season, the Spartans open their home slate on Wednesday afternoon when they host Frostburg State in a Capital Athletic Conference doubleheader. Game one is slated for a 3:00 pm first pitch.

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