FROSTBURG, Md. – The York College softball team lost a pair of Capital Athletic Conference contests on the road to Frostburg State University on Saturday afternoon by scores of 6-1, and 11-7.
The Spartans (12-20, 4-8 CAC) fell in a hole early in game one, trailing 4-0 after one inning of play. The Bobcats (14-7, 6-2) received two of their four first-inning runs by a two-run home run by Emily Zengel.
York got on the board in the fifth after freshman Amanda Lewis (Aston, Pa./Sun Valley) tagged a solo shot to left field, her first home run of her collegiate career. Lewis led the Spartans in game one with two hits as she finished the game 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored.
Following the Lewis homer, Frostburg retired seven of the last ten York batters and tacked on two more runs to seal the 6-1 victory.
Hannah Tavik earned the win for Frostburg and improves to 8-4 as she tossed a complete game, giving up one run on four hits with five strikeouts and three walks.
Jennifer Taff (Germantown, Md./Clarksburg) was credited with the loss as she threw six innings, giving up six runs on five hits with five strikeouts.
Game two started with York holding a 2-1 lead through the first inning after an infield single by Payton Hill (Staunton, Va./Fort Defiance) scored Katie Maloney (Aston, Pa./Sun Valley) from third and then a Bobcat throwing error advanced Hill to second and allowed Natalie Fritz (Fayetteville, Pa./Chambersburg) to also score.
Frostburg broke the lead open with a seven-run second inning performance, highlighted by a three-run home run to left field by Caitlin Lovend.
York countered with a long ball of its own in the third, courtesy of a two-run blast by freshman Carleigh Ruleman (Owings, Md./Northern). Ruleman finished the game 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored as she leads the team with five homers.
The Spartans had a three-run rally in the sixth as they got runs from Lewis, Ruby and Morgan Ober (Mount Joy, Pa./Donegal), but gave up one run in the bottom half of the inning and faced a daunting four-run deficit heading into the final inning.
The Bobcats retired all three Spartan batters in the seventh and wrapped up the season sweep with a 11-7 victory in game two.
Nicole Bradford earned the victory for FSU and improves to 2-0 as she went six innings, giving up seven runs on 12 hits with one strikeout and three walks.
Taff received credit for the loss and falls to 9-13 as she tossed the first one and one-third innings, giving up for runs on five hits with one walk.
York will return to action on Tuesday in a home doubleheader against McDaniel College. First pitch from Spartan Stadium is slated for 3 p.m.
Jenna Ruby photo courtesy of Taylor Gamber