Softball Earns a Pair of Monday Wins in Florida

Softball Earns a Pair of Monday Wins in Florida

CLERMONT, FLA – The York College softball team earned a pair of wins during day two of the Spring Games in Clermont, Florida. The Spartans downed Cabrini 3-1 in the opener and then held off St. Vincent, 5-4, in the nightcap.  


Game One

Final Score: York (Pa.) 3- Cabrini 1

Season Game Number: 3

Records: York (2-1) / Cabrini (0-1)

Site: Hancock Park #4, Clermont, Florida

Winning Pitcher (Record): Melissa Jurkiewicz (2-0)

Losing Pitcher (Record): Jess Giordano (0-1)

Save (Number): None

How It Happened

• The Spartans opened the scoring in the top of the second as freshman Courtney Gall stroked a two run single to score Carliegh Ruleman and Melissa Jurkiewicz.

• York pushed the lead to 3-0 in the fourth as Ashley Werner scored pinch runner Mia Ruffalo with an RBI single to left.

• Cabrini got their lone run in the fourth as Jess Giordano singled in Kaitlyn Cooper, cutting York's lead to 3-1.

• Jurkiewicz retired nine of the final 10 batters she faced in the game with the lone batter reaching via an error.


Spartan Offensive Leaders:

Melissa Jurkiewicz: 2-for-3, 1 run scored

Courtney Gall: 1-for-3, 2 RBI

Ashley Werner: 1-for-3, 1 RBI

Katie Maloney: 1-for-4, 2B

Cabrini Leaders:

Jess Giordano: 2-for-3, 1 RBI

Kaitlyn Cooper: 1-for-3, 1 run scored


Spartan Pitching Leaders:

Melissa Jurkiewicz: 7.0 IP, 3 hits, 1 earned run, 10 K, 1 BB

Cabrini Pitching Leaders

Jess Giordano: 7.0 IP, 8 hits, 3 earned runs, 4 K, 0 BB

Game One Notes: The Spartans earned their second straight win … York had three runs on eight hits with one error …. Melissa Jurkiewicz earned her second straight complete game victory … Jurkiewicz matched a career-high set on Sunday with 10 strikeouts … She now has 20 strikeouts in 14 innings of work … Jurkiewicz has allowed just one run on four hits in 14 innings of work.  


Game Two

Final Score: York (Pa.) 5 – St. Vincent 4

Season Game Number: 4

Records: York (3-1) / St. Vincent (2-2)

Site: Hancock Park #3, Clermont, Florida

Winning Pitcher (Record): Courtney Martin (1-1)

Losing Pitcher (Record): Cassidy Uscilowski (0-1)

Save (Number): None

How It Happened

• St. Vincent opened the scoring with a Courtney Patterson RBI single to right to give the Bearcats a 1-0 lead.

• York took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth as Haley Hirn launched a two-run blast to left, plating Katie Maloney for the Spartan lead.

• The fifth inning was action packed as both teams scored three runs in the frame.

• The fifth for St. Vincent saw Shelby Noel stroke a two run single to right. Patterson, who singled earlier in the inning, then came home on Emily Duerr sacrifice fly to left.

• York's bottom of the fifth saw Courtney Gall open the inning with a triple to right. Savannah Zittle doubled in Gall for York's first run of the inning. Katie Maloney plated Zittle for a sacrifice fly after Zittle moved to third on a Joanna Marmo single. Marmo scored on a Hirn single down the left field line for the eventual game winning RBI.

• Spartan starter Courtney Martin had to work out of jams in both the sixth and seventh innings.  


Spartan Offensive Leaders:

Savannah Zittle: 3-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 run scored, 2B

Haley Hirn: 3-for-3, 3 RBI, 1 run scored, 2B, HR

Katie Maloney: 1-for-2, 1 run scored, 1 RBI

Courtney Gall: 1-for-2, 1 run scored, 3B

St. Vincent Offensive Leaders:

Shelby Noel: 2-for-4, 2 RBI, SB

Courtney Patterson: 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 run scored

Emily Duerr: 1-for-3, 1 run scored


Spartan Pitching Leaders:

Courtney Martin: 7.0 IP, 8 hits, 4 runs, 2 earned runs, 5 K, 1 BB

St. Vincent Pitching Leaders:

Cassidy Uscilowski: 6.0 IP, 11 hits, 5 runs, 3 earned runs, 6 K, 1 BB


Game Two Notes: The Spartans got five runs on 11 hits with two errors while St. Vincent had four runs on eight hits with no errors … Courtney Martin picked up her first win of the year … the Spartans' 3-1 start is the best in the tenure of head coach Jen Petteys, besting the Spartans' 2-2 start in each of the last two years.

What's Next: The Spartans return to action on Tuesday, March 1 when they face Rose-Hulman and Finlandia during day two of the 2016 spring trip. The Spartans face Rose-Hulman at 9:00 am and Finlandia at 11:00 am.