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Gray's Walk-Off Double Helps Keep Spartans' Perfect

Gray's Walk-Off Double Helps Keep Spartans' Perfect

KISSIMMEE, FLA – The York College softball team used a dramatic Kristen Gray (Mickelton, N.J./Kingsway Regional) walk-off double to kick start another doubleheader sweep as the Spartans remained perfect with two wins on Friday in Kissimmee, Florida. The Spartans’ used Gray’s game-winning hit to defeat St. Benedict 5-4 in the opener and the Green and White completed the sweep with an 8-2 win over Beloit in the nightcap. York improves to 10-0 overall with two games remaining on their spring trip.

In the opener, the Spartans were very sluggish coming off a three-game Thursday. St. Benedict jumped on the Spartans early with a run in the top of the first. York tied the game in the bottom of the second on a Meghan Boyer (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) RBI single.

The Blazers took a 4-1 lead in the top of the fifth as Alyssa Kubesh ripped a base loaded double to score three runs. The Green and White answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame as Megan Van Meter (Hanover, Md./Archbishop Spalding) doubled in two runs, cutting the Spartan deficit to one run at 4-3.

After a quiet sixth inning and a 1-2-3 top of the seventh, the Spartans began their game-winning rally with a Van Meter single followed by a Kelly Smith (Riverdale, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) single to put runners at the corners. Smith stole second and then Gray doubled to end the game and keep the Spartans perfect.

Van Meter continues to be hot in the four spot for the Spartans as she was 3-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored. Catcher Julie Norris (Frederick, Md./Frederick) added three hits and a run scored while Gray was 2-for-4 with the two RBI. Boyer was the fourth Spartan with multiple hits as she was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Kubesh paced St. Benedict with two hits and three RBI. Elle Borba was 1-for-4 with an RBI.

Freshman Corrine Majczan (Center Valley, Pa./Southern Lehigh) earned the win in relief of starter Brittany Therres (Hughesville, Md./Thomas Stone). Majczan tossed two shutout innings, allowing two hits with two walks and a strikeout. Therres pitched the first five innings, allowing four runs on four hits with five walks and three strikeouts in her stint.

Borba started the game for St. Benedict and was very good as she allowed one run on six hits. Emma Alwin suffered the loss as she allowed four runs on seven hits with a walk in her 2.1 innings of work.

 In game two, the Spartans jumped on Beloit early with a three-run first inning. The inning was highlighted by a two-run Van Meter double and a Gray RBI ground out.

Beloit got one run back in the bottom of the first as Majczan made the start in place of a tired Therres. York got that run back in the top of the second and then blew the game open with a three run third inning. Boyer had a bases loaded triple in the inning to account for the three York runs.

That would be more than enough for Majczan as she hurled her first collegiate complete game. She allowed two runs on six hits. She struck out eight and one walk. Majczan improves to 3-0 with the win.

Allegerra Stanton suffered the loss as she allowed seven runs, six earned, on six hits with three walks in 2.2 innings of work. Katy Sandt allowed a run on four hits with a strikeout and walk in 4.1 innings.

Freshman Hannah Hugel (Paoli, Pa./Conestoga) continues to have a great start to her career as she was 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Van Meter added two hits, two more RBI and a run scored. Boyer was 1-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored.

McKenzie Falker, Sarah Stariha, and Sandt each had two hits while Falker and Sandt each had an RBI for Beloit.

The Spartans conclude their trip Saturday with a double dip against Coe and Aurora. Coe is ranked fifth in the nation and is coming off their first-ever national championship game appearance as they fell to Messiah last spring. The Spartans and Kohawks square off at 11:00 am. Aurora is coming off a 31-7 season and opens their season at 11:00 am before playing York at 1:00 pm.

PHOTO: Kristen Gray notched a game-winning double in the game one win over Beloit.