Spartans Take Both From Shorewomen, 4-3 and 7-2

K. Nottingham Drives In Four Runs In Twinbill

YORK, PA – Host York College of Pennsylvania took both ends of a non-conference softball doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon at Spartan Stadium.  The Spartans won game one, 4-3, in eight innings and were victorious in game two by a 7-2 score.  The Spartans improve to 13-21 on the year, while the Shorewomen Drop to 18-17.

In game one, Washington scored the first run of the game on a two-out single up the middle by junior Brittany Walter (Forest Hill, MD/C. Milton Wright) that scored freshman Kristin Cooper (Georgetown, DE/Sussex Central) in the top of the second inning for a 1-0 lead.  In the bottom of the second, York (PA) tied it when Vanessa Mendez doubled to left that chased home Erin O'Leary to tie the game at 1-1.

The score would remain even at 1-1 until two outs in the top of the eighth when sophomore Kylie Nottingham (Ocean City, MD/Stephen Decatur) hit a two-bagger to centerfield that scored senior Sally Snover (Charlotte, NC/Myers Park) and freshman Molly Gallagher (Abingdon, MD/Edgewood)

In the bottom of the eighth, Brittany Therres singled to right with no outs to drive home Brittany Schlorff and cut the lead to 3-2.  The next batter, O'Leary singled home Cara Rubinaccio on a base hit to right-center to tie the game at 3-3.  After the next two hitters were retired, Mendez singled down the left field line to chase home Sarah Harris from second base for the walk-off run.

Therres gets the win in the circle as she went the whole way and is now 11-13.  She scattered nine hits and struck out one.  At the plate, Mendez went 3-for-4 with two RBI to lead the York attack.  O'Leary, Rubinaccio and Therres all had two hits with O'Leary scoring and driving in a run.

For Washington, Kylie Nottingham went 3-for-4 with two RBI, while Walter and freshman Christine Anderson (Palmer Lake, CO/Lewis-Palmer) both netted a pair of hits.  Cooper took the loss in the circle and drops to 9-5.  She pitched a complete game, giving up four runs on nine hits, while striking out five.

In game two, York got onto the board in the last of the second on an RBI groundout to second by O'Leary that scored Harris for a 1-0 lead.  In the bottom of the third, Hannah Hugel scored on a bunt single by Rubinaccio to put the Spartans up 2-0.

The Shorewomen got on the board on a two-out single to left by Kylie Nottingham in the top of the fifth that scored Anderson to cut the Spartans' lead to 2-1.  However, York scored three times in the last of the fifth to lead 5-1 after five innings.  Hugel scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-1 and Rubinaccio came around to score on a Therres single to right to extend the lead to three runs.  The scoring in the frame was capped by an RBI groundout by Schlorff that delivered home Jena Ruby.

Sara Thacker's double to center in the bottom half of the sixth plated Ashley Chenowith to give York a 6-1 lead and Thacker came around to score on a Rubinaccio RBI groundout to second for the second run of the sixth and gave York a six-run lead.

Kylie Nottingham's two out single through the left side in the top of the seventh to drive in junior Lindsey Glascock (Glenwood, MD/Glenelg) to trim the lead to 7-2 and provide the final margin.

Therres was a perfect 4-for-4 in game two with an RBI as the hosts had 12 hits.  Rubinaccio was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored, while Hugel was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.  In the circle, Therres got the win and improves to 12-13.  She pitched the final 5 1/3 innings to record her second win of the day.

Kylie Nottingham was 3-for-4 with two RBI for the Shorewomen in game two, while sophomore Lauren Dockrill (San Diego, CA/Cathedral Catholic) was a perfect 3-for-3.  Anderson added a pair of hits and scored a run.  WC had 10 hits in the second contest.  Pitching wise, senior pitcher Jill Piasecki (Galena, MD/Kent County) took the loss and drops to 7-6.  She struck out five batters, the most in her two years at WC, as she went five innings.

Washington is back in action on Saturday afternoon with a key Centennial Conference doubleheader at McDaniel.  A win by Washington will punch a ticket to the conference tournament for the second straight year, while a sweep of the Green Terror would give the Shorewomen the top seed and hosting honors for the tournament.  One loss by Muhlenberg, one loss by Ursinus or two losses by Gettysburg on Saturday would also ensure a spot in the tournament for the Shorewomen.