ATLANTA, GA – The York College softball team opened up their 2013 campaign with a pair of losses at the three-team Emory Invitational on Saturday. The Spartans dropped their opener, 9-2 to Ferrum, and then fell to Emory in the nightcap, 9-0 in five innings.
In the opener against the Panthers, the Spartans opened the scoring with a two run top of the second. York's runs came when Cara Rubinaccio (Booton, N.J./Morris Knolls) plated Sara Thacker (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana) and Sarah Harris (Collegeville, Pa./Methacton) with a two-run single. The inning could have been bigger as York had runners at second and third with one out but wouldn't be able to add more runs as they were forced to settle for the 2-0 lead.
That lead lasted four batters as the Panthers exploded for seven runs on seven hits and a Spartan error in the bottom of the second.
Ferrum starter Emily Taylor took the lead and ran as she retired six straight before the Spartans got something going in the top of the fifth. Freshman Aryn Johnston (Bowie, Md./Bowie) led off the frame with a single to right. Hannah Hugel (Paoli, Pa./Conestoga) then reached on a fielder's choice with no outs. Taylor then got a line out, a strike out and a fly out to get out of the jam.
Ferrum picked up two runs in the bottom of the fifth to close out the scoring.
Alicia Eichenlaub paced the Panthers as she was 3-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Sadie Wallace added two hits, an RBI, and a run scored while Kaitlyn Culler was 1-for-4 with two runs scored and a run scored.
Freshman Kayleen Bell (Herndon, Va./Westfield) had a pair of hits from the lead off spot for York. Rubinaccio finished the game 1-for-3 with two RBI.
Taylor earned the win as she went five innings, allowing two runs on six hits with six strikeouts and no walks. Aiyana Lew threw the final two innings and allowed one hit with a strikeout and a walk.
Freshman Morgan Levine (Oakland, N.J./Indian Hills) suffered the loss in her collegiate debut. Levine allowed nine runs, six earned, on 13 hits with three strikeouts and a walk.
In the nightcap, the 23rd ranked Eagles jumped on freshman Terra Diehl (Hanover, Pa./Hanover) for five runs in the bottom of the second, seizing control of the game early.
The Eagles added three runs in the third and completed the scoring with a run in the fourth before the game was ended in the fifth.
Hannah Sendel paced Emory as she was 1-for-1 with three RBI and a run scored. Natalie McLaughlin and Megan Light each added two hits with two runs scored while Light added an RBI.
Thacker and Alyssa Molino (Montgomery, Pa./Montgomery) each had doubles for York while Harris had the other Spartan hit.
Amanda Kardys earned the win for Emory as she tossed the complete game shutout. She struck out eight, walked one and allowed the three hits. Diehl suffered the loss as she allowed eight runs, six earned, on seven hits in her three innings of work. Diehl walked one and did not record a strikeout. Levine tossed the final inning as she allowed a run on one hit and a walk.
The Spartans return to action on Sunday for day two of the tournament. The Spartans face Ferrum at 10:00 am and then play against Emory at noon.