YORK, PA – The York College softball team picked up a much needed Capital Athletic Conference sweep as the Spartans downed Stevenson University twice on a crazy weather Wednesday in York. The Spartans won game one 8-1 and completed the sweep with a 7-3 win in the nightcap. The games were played in varying states of weather as there were stretches of sun, clouds and rain in what proved to be a wild weather day.
Game one saw the Spartans jump on the Mustangs early as they scored a run in the bottom of the first inning courtesy of a Cara Rubinaccio RBI single. The Spartan inning could have been bigger had it not been for a bad base running blunder as York left the bases loaded.
The Spartans put the game out of reach in the second, exploding for seven runs on six hits, an error and a hit batter. The big blow in the inning came from freshman Jena Ruby as she laced a two-out, three-run triple to deep center. Ruby capped the scoring in the inning when she scored on a Vanessa Mendez single to short.
The eight runs would be more than enough for Brittany Therres as the senior was very good in the win. She allowed a run on three hits with five strikeouts and three walks in her seven innings of work.
Briana Pichalski suffered the loss as she allowed eight runs on nine hits in her two inning stint. She struck out one and walked one as she falls to 4-9 with the loss. Katie Diller was strong in relief as she threw four scoreless innings, allowing three hits with two walks and one strikeout.
Junior Hannah Hugel led the Spartans' 12-hit attack as she was 3-for-4 with a run scored. Senior Brittany Schlorff was 2-for-4 with two runs scored while freshman Sara Thacker also had two hits in addition to an RBI and a run scored. Ruby finished the game 1-for-2 with three RBI and a run scored.
Kristen Fassler led the Mustangs as she was 1-for-2 with an RBI including her third double of the year. Lisa Bilski was 1-for-2 with a run scored for Stevenson.
Game two saw the Spartans post another big inning as they put up a four-spot in the bottom of the first. Hugel and Schlorff started the inning with infield hits. Junior Erin O'Leary singled to right center to score Hugel with the game's first run. Schlorff then scored on a passed ball to push the York lead to 2-0. Rubinaccio reached on a bunt single and the Mustangs threw the ball away, allowing O'Leary to cross the plate. After Diller got the next two Spartans out, Ruby lashed a double to right to score Rubinaccio, capping the first inning outburst.
York added a single run in the second on an O'Leary two-out single.
Stevenson trimmed the Spartan lead to 5-2 with a two-spot in the fourth inning. The Green and White got those two runs back in the bottom of the fifth courtesy of a Thacker RBI triple to right followed by a Rachel Klein RBI single to center.
Stevenson closed out the scoring with a run in the top of the sixth but Therres was able to close out the game for her second victory of the day. Therres allowed three runs, one earned, on five hits with three strikeouts and no walks in her seven innings of action. She improves to 9-9 with the two wins for the day.
Diller went the distance and allowed seven runs, five earned, on 16 hits with two strikeouts. She falls to 8-11 with the loss.
Hugel had another big game as the Spartans' centerfielder was 4-for-4 with two runs scored. O'Leary was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored while Schlorff also had two hits and a run scored. Rubinaccio and Ruby both added two hits to the 16-hit Spartan attack.
Bilski led the Mustangs with two hits, an RBI and a run scored. Rebecca Biddle came off the bench to record an RBI double for Stevenson.
The Spartans are now 10-16 overall while they stand at 6-4 in the CAC. The Mustangs fall to 12-20 overall and 2-8 in the conference.
York returns to action on Thursday when they travel to Misericordia to face the Cougars in a non-conference doubleheader. Game one is slated for a 3:30 pm start.
Hannah Hugel photo courtesy of Jenny Hinkle - Athletic Communication Practicum Student