Meekins, Lewis Help York to Road Split with Albright

Photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography
Photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography

READING, Pa. – The York College softball team split a doubleheader with Albright College on Monday evening on the road in non-conference play. Ginger Lewis threw seven shutout innings in the first game, and Ashley Meekins drove in four runs, including a two-run dinger, to help the Spartans win 5-0, before falling 3-2 in the nightcap.

York (Pa.): 24-13-1
Albright: 13-16

Game One Stats
Runs: York 5 / Albright 0
Hits: York 5 / Albright 6
Errors: York  1/ Albright 1
Left on Base: York 5 / Albright 7

York Offensive Leaders

Ashley Meekins: 2-for-2, 4 RBI, 2 runs scored, 2B, HR

Savannah Zittle: 1-for-3, run scored

Albright Offensive Leaders

Kelly Cembrale: 2-for-3

Zoe Robertson: 1-for-1

Spartan Pitching
Ginger Lewis: 7.0 innings pitched, 6 hits, 0 runs, 9 K, 2 BB (W, 11-6)

Albright Pitching
Riley Gerenda: 7.0 innings pitched, 5 hits, 5 runs, 4 earned runs, 3 K, 3 BB (L, 6-13)

How It Happened
Savannah Zittle opened the game with a leadoff single to left field, and she was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Shyla Pastore. Back-to-back walks from Haley Hirn and Joanna Marmo loaded the bases with one out for Ashley Meekins. Meekins lofted a sac fly to center field for the second out, but it allowed Zittle to score from third to take the early 1-0 lead.

• Hirn worked another walk in the top of the third inning, and once again York used a sacrifice bunt to move a leadoff runner to second. Marmo was the one to lay it down to setup Meekins again with a shot for an RBI. She came through, whipping a double to right center, scoring Hirn. Meekins went to third on a fly out from Ashley Werner and then scored after Julie Van O'Linda reached on an error to make it 3-0.

• With one out, Marmo singled to left center and then Meekins promptly whacked a homer over the fence in left center to bring her RBI total up to four on the afternoon. The 5-0 lead was plenty large enough for Ginger Lewis, who kept the Lions scoreless, allowing just six hits for her 11th win of the season.

Game Two Stats
Runs: York 2/ Albright 3
Hits: York 6 / Albright 8
Errors: York 2 / Albright 0
Left on Base: York 7 / Albright 8

York Offensive Leaders
Joanna Marmo: 2-for-3, run scored

Savannah Galati: 1-for-1

Albright Offensive Leaders
Camille Sears: 2-for-3, 3 RBI, run scored, 2B

Jessica Rodriguez: 2-for-3, run scored, BB

Spartan Pitching

Melissa Jurkiewicz: 0.1 inning pitched, 4 hits, 3 runs, 3 earned runs (L, 10-6)

Samantha Kiser: 5.2 innings pitched, 4 hits, 0 runs, 5 K, 2 BB

Albright Pitching

Camille Sears: 7.0 innings pitched, 6 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned runs, 2 K, 2 BB (W, 6-2)

How It Happened

• After being shutout in the first game of the doubleheader, Albright started well in the nightcap. In the bottom of the first inning, consecutive singles led to a three-run home run for Camille Sears, giving the Lions a 3-0 lead. Melissa Jurkiewicz was able to settle down then, and force three outs without suffering any more damage. 

• The Spartans had an immediate response in the top of the second inning. Joanna Marmo led off with a single, followed by another hit from Ashley Meekins. Ashley Werner worked a walk to load the bases still without any outs. Julie Van O'Linda knocked a sac fly to center field to score Marmo to make it 3-1. Eryn Bailey scored Meekins on a fielder's choice, halving the deficit, at 3-2. A pair of consecutive groundouts ended the inning, but York was back in the game. 

• In the top of the sixth, the Spartans threatened again after Savannah Galati singled up the middle. Bailey pinch ran for her and advanced to second on a wild pitch. With two outs, though, Albright earned the final out, ending the inning and preserving its one-run lead. 

• The Lions held York scoreless in the final inning, taking the second game of the doubleheader, 3-2.

York is now 15-8-1 in non-conference games … on the road this season, the Spartans are now 5-7 … after losing 3-2, York is now 5-7 in one-run games … when scoring two runs or less, the Spartans are just 2-10-1 … however, when scoring between 3-5, York is now 9-0 after winning 5-0 … leading after six innings, York is 14-1 … Ginger Lewis threw at least six innings of shutout softball for the sixth time this season … she is now 11-6 … Ashley Meekins matched her career high with four RBI … her homer was the freshman's seventh of the season, the most on the team.

York returns to Spartan Softball Stadium on Wednesday to take Stevenson for a doubleheader. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.