York College sweeps doubleheader
After splitting its first two games in a doubleheader on Sunday, the York College softball team bounced back with a sweep of Monday's slate of games.
Part of a 10-game, week-long trip to Clermont, Florida, the Spartans (3-1) earned a pair of narrow victories over Cabrini College and St. Vincent College.
In the second game of the day, York had to come from behind to earn the doubleheader sweep. After squandering a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth by giving up three runs, the Spartans instantly responded, scoring three runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning to regain a 5-4 lead, which held up over the final two innings.
Savannah Zittle got the rally started for York by doubling home Courtney Gall to bring the team back to within one. She later tied the game on a sacrifice fly by Katie Maloney, while also advancing Joanna Marmo to third. Marmo wound up scoring the winning run one batter later, thanks to an RBI single by Haley Hirn.
Starting pitcher Courtney Martin made the Spartans' rally hold up in the sixth and seventh innings, shutting down the Bearcats (2-2). She improved her record on the year to 1-1, tossing a complete game, allowing four runs, two earned, on eight hits, one walk and a strikeout.
In the first game of the day, kicking off at 9 a.m., York got a second straight lights out pitching performance from Melissa Jurkiewicz. One day after tossing a complete-game shutout, she backed that up with a one-run gem, pacing the Spartans to a 3-1 win over Cabrini.
York jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second on a two-RBI single by Gall, scoring Jurkiewicz and Carleigh Ruleman. That was plenty of offense for Jurkiewicz in the circle, but Ashley Werner added some insurance in the top of the fourth with an RBI single, scoring Mia Ruffalo.
Jurkiewicz' only trouble came in the bottom half of the fourth, when she allowed two of her three hits on the day, her only walk and the Cavaliers' only run on the morning. Her final line came in as a complete game, allowing just one earned run on three hits, a walk and striking out 10 hitters for the second straight day. The 10 strikeouts matched a career-high that she set on Sunday.
The Spartans will play their fifth and sixth games of the week on Tuesday, first taking on Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology at 9 a.m. and then Finlandia University at 11 a.m.
CAC honors: A pair of York College basketball players earned Capital Athletic Conference first-team honors on Monday.
Men's basketball forward Dalton Myers was named to the first team All-CAC team after posting his best season in three years with the Spartans. The junior averaged 16.8 points per game, 5.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game this year. He shot 57 percent from the floor, 41 percent on 3-pointers and 77 percent from the free throw line while averaging nearly 32 minutes per game for York.
Myers also finished top-five in the conference in several categories, including first in field goals made per game, second in scoring average and field goal percentage and fifth in blocks.
He was named CAC Player of the Week on three different occasions this season.
The men's team finished 10-15 overall and 6-12 in CAC play.
For the women, Sam Hruz also earned first-team CAC honors on Monday, one year after being named to the second team as a sophomore.
The junior filled the stat sheet this year, averaging 10.7 points per game, 8.6 rebounds, 3.2 blocks and 2.8 assists per game. The forward's 187 rebounds led the team, finishing with 111 more than the next most on the team.
She was also a two-time CAC Player of the Week and set a career-high in points for a game (23), matched a career-high in rebounds for a single game (15) and set a new school record for blocks (8) in a game this season.
The women's team finished 20-7 overall this season and 13-5 in conference play, losing in the CAC semifinals last week to Marymount.