The York College softball team missed a golden opportunity to sweep Mary Washington in a home doubleheader on Sunday, losing the second game 3-2 in extra innings.
The Spartans (18-8, 3-3 Capital Athletic Conference) led the game 2-0 through three innings, but two runs by the Eagles in the top of the sixth tied the game and sent it to extra innings. Then, in the top of the eighth, Emma Rakowski recorded her only hit of the contest, driving in Malia Rogers to provide the winning run.
York was held to just two hits over the eight innings, both of them coming from Haley Hirn, while both of the team's runs came on sacrifice putouts. Courtney Martin earned a no-decision in the game, going six innings, with her only mistake coming on a two-run homer in the sixth inning. Melissa Jurkiewicz fell to 11-4 on the year, suffering the loss by pitching the final two innings.
In the first game of the day, the Spartans routed Mary Washington, winning 10-2 in only six innings.
The Eagles scored in the top of the first inning, but instantly gave back four runs to York in the bottom half of the inning, which set the tone offensively for the Spartans. Single runs in the bottom of the third and fourth made it 6-1 in York's favor, and then, after Mary Washington scored in the top of the sixth, the Spartans ended the game early with a four-run bottom of the sixth.
Four different York batters recorded multi-hit games, including a game-high three from Miranda Shandy. Jurkiewicz, who started the game and picked up her 11th win of the year, was also a force at the plate, driving in three runs in the bottom of the sixth on a double. One of Carleigh Ruleman's two hits in the game was a solo home run in the bottom of the third.
Golf team sits in third: After round one of The Hershey Cup, the York College men's golf team sits in third place.
Playing on the East Course of Hershey Country Club, the Spartans shot a team score of plus-37, 12 strokes behind first place Carnegie Mellon and just one back of second place Allegheny University. Play was delayed until noon Sunday because of high winds. Individually, York's Tyler Newton has himself in contention heading into the second day of competition on Monday after shooting a 4-over 75. He's tied for second and just three strokes back of Carnegie Mellon's Bradley Jennette.
Second round play is scheduled to begin shortly after 8 a.m. Monday.