After enjoying a day off on Wednesday, the York College softball team was back in action on Thursday with its fourth pair of doubleheaders in Clermont, Florida.
And for the third time on the trip, the Spartans (5-3) earned a split on Thursday.
After winning its first game of the day, York couldn't complete the sweep, dropping a 4-2 decision to Hanover. Both teams scored two runs in the first inning, but it was the Panthers who plated the winning runs in the top of the third to break the deadlock and earn the victory.
Savannah Zittle went 3-for-4 at the plate for the Spartans, while Carleigh Ruleman and Joanno Marmo drove in the two runs for York. Courtney Martin suffered the loss in the circle for the Spartans, dropping to 1-2 on the year. She pitched a complete game, allowing four runs, all earned, on nine hits, two walks and striking out four.
In the first game of the day, York had to rally from a 2-0 deficit after the first inning, scoring seven unanswered runs to secure the 7-2 win over Wartburg. The big inning in the Spartans comeback came in the top of the fifth, when they plated five runners to take a 5-2 lead. Pitcher Melissa Jurkiewicz provided the big blow, driving in Courtney Gall and Zittle to break a 2-2 tie and make it 4-2. York added two more runs of insurance in the top half of the sixth inning to put the game out of reach.
Aside from Jurkiewicz, four other Spartan hitters drove in runs in the game and five of York's seven runs were unearned.
In the circle, Jurkiewicz dominated after a shaky first inning, tossing a complete game, despite allowing 10 hits and two runs. She didn't walk any hitters and set a new career-high in strikeouts with 11. She improved her record on the year to 3-1.
The Spartans will cap off their season-opening, 10-game trip in Florida on Friday with a doubleheader against Mount Union and Webster. First pitch for the Mount Union game is scheduled for 11 a.m., while the second game is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Losing streak continues for baseball: Another late-game collapse by the York College baseball team saw its losing streak extend to five games on Thursday.
Trailing Catholic University 2-1 heading into the fifth inning, the Spartans (1-7) allowed six runs in the bottom of the frame to see an otherwise close game get out of reach, losing 13-6 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The Cardinals (3-3) plated six runs in the inning to open up an 8-1 advantage. York rallied to add two runs in the top of the sixth and then another in the top of the seventh to get the score back to within 8-4, but immediately surrendered five more runs in the bottom half of the seventh to fall further behind, 13-4.
The Spartans tacked on two more runs in the top of the eighth, but at that point, the damage by Catholic was already as York's losing streak continued.
Five different Spartan hitters recorded RBI's in the game, while Zach Hossler and Sean Mohollen each went 2-for-4, the only two hitters to record multi-hit games for York.
The Spartans completed a winless trip to Myrtle Beach and will now start heading north, stopping first in Virginia to face Virginia Wesleyan on Friday afternoon at 2 p.m.