GRANTHAM, PA – The York College softball squad dropped a pair of non-conference games at Messiah College on Monday afternoon in Grantham, PA. The Spartan lost game one 9-2 and the Falcons completed the sweep with a 8-0 win in five innings.
Messiah improves to 18-6 overall while the Spartans fall to 7-13.
Messiah jumped out to an early lead with four runs in the bottom of the first in game one. The Spartans trimmed the lead in half in the top of the fourth as Brittany Therres singled and scored on a Jena Ruby double to left. After being moved to third on a sacrifice bunt, Ruby scored on an RBI ground out from Sarah Harris.
The Falcons responded with three runs in the bottom of the fifth and two more in the bottom of the sixth to provide for the final margin.
Sara Dietrich started for the Falcons and earned the win as she tossed six innings, allowing two runs on six hits with three strikeouts. She improves to 7-2 overall. Mallory Rutledge tossed a perfect seventh for the Falcons.
Therres absorbed the loss as she allowed seven runs in five innings of work. She struck out two and walked one.
The Falcons had six players record multiple hits led by Lauren Seneca who went 3-for-4 with three RBI while Abi Buchler was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.
Ruby paced the six-hit Spartan offense as she was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. She also had the Spartans' lone base hit with her fourth inning double.
Game two saw the Falcons jump out in front early again. Messiah tallied a single run in the first and three more in the third before closing out the scoring with a four run fourth. York couldn't get anything going as the Spartan offense had just two hits in the loss.
Jocelyn Hickey earned the win as she tossed the two-hit shutout while she struck out one. She improves to 7-2 with the victory.
Therres suffered the loss as she allowed eight runs in her four innings of work. She struck out three and walked a pair as she falls to 6-7 for the campaign.
The Falcons were led by Sarah Seneca as she was 3-for-3 with two RBI and a pair of runs scored. Jaclyn Merkel contributed two hits, three RBI and a run scored for Messiah.
Erin O'Leary and Ruby had the two Spartan hits. Ruby banged out her seventh double of the year in the top of the fifth.
The Spartans return to action on Tuesday as they host the University of Mary Washington in a Capital Athletic Conference twin bill. First pitch is set for 3:00 pm at Spartan Stadium.
Jena Ruby photo courtesy of Theresa Dark - Athletic Communications Student Photographer