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Diplomats Earn a Diverse Sweep of Spartans on Thursday

YORK, PA – The York College Spartans had two completely opposite games on a dreary Thursday afternoon in York. Unfortunately for York, the results were the same as the Franklin & Marshall College Diplomats swept the Spartans in a non-conference doubleheader at Spartan Stadium.

The Diplomats won a slugfest in game one, 15-9, and completed the sweep with a 1-0 eight inning victory, in the nightcap.

The opener saw the Spartans jump out to an early 3-1 lead after two innings of play. The Diplomats hit the Green and White with three runs in the top of the third, four in the top of the fourth and three more in the top of the fifth to take an 11-3 lead. With the rain pouring down, the Spartans kept the game alive with a two-spot in the fifth courtesy of a Carleigh Ruleman (Owings, Md./Northern) two-run double to right center.

York added a sixth run in the bottom of the sixth, cutting the Diplomat lead to five but F&M blew the game wide open with a four spot in the top of the seventh. The scrappy Spartans scored three in the bottom of the seventh but it would be too-little-too-late as the Diplomats secured the six-run win.

The Diplomats banged out 16 hits led by Sam Denoville as the second baseman went 3-for-5 with six RBI and to runs scored. Denoville hit a grand slam in the seventh for F&M. Patricia Crigler added two hits, three RBI, and a pair of runs scored while Alicia Kukoda and Caroline Abin each had a pair of knocks and both scored three runs in the win.

Freshman Katie Maloney (Aston, Pa./Sun Valley) continued her torrid week as the shortstop went 4-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. She was also fantastic in the field as she made a number of quality plays for the Green and White. Ruleman added two hits and a pair of RBI while Mackenzie Ewell (Hamilton, N.J./Steinert) was 1-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI.

Megan Ryan earned the win for the Diplomats as she improves to 5-1. She went 4.2 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits with four walks and a pair of strikeouts. Justine Lohrey tossed the final 2.1 innings as she allowed four unearned runs on three hits with a pair of strikeouts.

Sara Thacker (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana) took the loss as she allowed four runs, one earned, on five hits with three walks and a strikeout in 2.2 innings. She falls to 1-4 with the loss.

The nightcap could not have been more opposite of the opener. The Diplomats looked poised to carry over their momentum from game one but Maloney turned a slick double play in the first inning to keep the visitors off the board.

York had a chance to break through in the third as Vanessa Mendez (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) and Maloney had back-to-back singles with one out. Lohrey wiggled out of danger with a foul out and a ground out to second.

Neither team had any significant traction in the remaining innings of regulation as the teams headed to the eighth inning with darkness quickly descending on Spartan Stadium. The Diplomats got the game lone's run when they loaded the bases and got an RBI single to right from Abin. Spartan starter Jennifer Taff (Germantown, Md./Clarksburg) got a fielder's choice and a ground out to keep the Spartans at a one run deficit.

With the Spartans getting the runner at second due to the extra inning tiebreaker, Mendez advanced to third on wild pitch with no outs. The Spartans had three cracks at getting her home to tie the game but Lohrey got a pair of ground outs to the left side of the infield and a strikeout to earn the complete game win.

Lohrey scattered four hits in her eight innings of work as she improved to 7-1. She struck out six and walked one in the win.

Taff deserved a better fate as she allowed the one unearned run on eight hits with four strikeouts and a walk in her eight innings of action. She falls to 6-9 with the loss.

Sarah Kirk and Abin led the offense with two hits each. Denoville banged out three more hits as she finished the doubleheader 6-for-8 with six RBI and two runs scored.

Maloney, Amanda Lewis (Aston, Pa./Sun Valley), Jena Ruby (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll), and Mendez had singles for the Spartans.

York will look to snap their ten game losing skid on Saturday with a trip to nationally ranked Salisbury University. The Capital Athletic Conference twin bill is slated for a 1:00 pm start in Salisbury, Md.

Katie Maloney photo courtesy of Taylor Gamber

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