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Visiting Eagles Swoop In to Take Two From Spartans
YORK, Pa. – The York College softball team surrendered a pair of losses to Mary Washington in CAC doubleheader action on Wednesday afternoon from Spartan Stadium by scores of 4-0 and 3-0.
In game one, the Spartans (8-14, 0-4 CAC) were unable to get a run across the plate and did not record a hit in the contest until the fifth inning. Jena Ruby (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) recorded the lone hit in the game and broke up the no hitter with a double to right center.
The Eagles (9-6, 4-0) clung to a slim 1-0 lead through four innings until breaking their lead open in the top of the fifth. UMW tallied three runs on one hit and had four runners reach base while the Spartans committed four errors in the inning.
Hannah Otterman picked up the victory and improves to 7-1 as she tossed a complete-game shutout with one hit, five strikeouts and one walk.
Sara Thacker (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana) received credit for the loss and falls to 1-3 as she went the distance, allowing four runs, only one earned run, on six hits with two strikeouts and three walks.
In the nightcap, the Spartans suffered a similar fate to game one as they could not muster up a run, but improved their hit total to six, compared to just the one they posted in the first game. Sophomore Natalie Fritz (Fayetteville, Pa./Chambersburg) led York with two hits in the game as she went 2-for-4 with a double.
Mary Washington also struggled to produce much offensive production, but managed to score three runs on six hits. Bireet Chitty led the Eagles in game two with three hits as she went 3-for-4 with an RBI.
Rachel Watts earned the win and improves to 2-0 as she tossed a five-inning shutout, allowing six hits with three strikeouts and zero walks.
Jennifer Taff (Germantown, Md./Clarksburg) suffered the loss and falls to 6-9 as she threw seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits with three strikeouts and two walks.
After earning the victory in game one, Otterman picked up the save in relief as she went two innings, surrendering zero hits with two strikeouts and two walks.
York returns to action Thursday as the Spartans welcome in neighboring non-conference foe Franklin & Marshall to Spartan Stadium. First pitch for game one is slated for 3 p.m.
Sara Thacker photo courtesy of Taylor Gamber