Spartans Sweep SVU Knights in CAC Opener

Spartans Sweep SVU Knights in CAC Opener

BUENA VISTA, VA  – The York College Spartan softball squad extended their current win streak to four with a doubleheader sweep of Southern Virginia in Capital Athletic Conference play on Saturday afternoon in Buena Vista, Virginia. The Spartans won the opener 2-0 and followed that with a 19-2 romp in the nightcap. The Spartans improve to 15-5 overall and 2-0 in the CAC while the Knights fall to 3-17 overall and 0-2 in the league.


Game One

Final Score: York (Pa.) 2- SVU 0

Season Game Number: 19

Records: York (14-5, 1-0 CAC) / Southern Virginia (3-16, 0-1 CAC)

Site: Harvey-Dryden Field, Buena Vista, Virginia

Winning Pitcher (Record): Melissa Jurkiewicz (8-2)

Losing Pitcher (Record): Maidsen Muse (1-8)

Save (Number): None


How It Happened

• The Spartans got all the runs they needed when Carleigh Ruleman and Melissa Jurkiewicz hit back-to-back solo home runs in the top of the sixth inning. Ruleman's big fly went out to left and Jurkiewicz hit hers to left center.


Spartan Offensive Leaders:

Carleigh Ruleman: 1-for-2, 1 run scored, 1 RBI, HR

Melissa Jurkiewicz: 1-for-3, 1 run scored, 1 RBI, HR

Ashley Werner: 2-for-3

Savannah Zittle: 1-for-2

SVU Leaders:

Madisen Muse: 2-for-3, 2B

Rachael Moore: 1-for-3, 2B

Mollie Gabbert: 1-for-3


Spartan Pitching Leaders:

Melissa Jurkiewicz: 7.0 IP, 4 hits, 0 runs, 4 K, 0 BB

Southern Virginia Pitching Leaders

Madisen Muse: 7.0 IP, 5 hits, 2 earned runs, 3 K, 3 BB


Game One Notes: The Spartans got two runs on five hits with no errors while Southern Virginia got blanked out four hits while the did not commit an error … York left six runners stranded while the Knights stranded three … Carleigh Ruleman's home run tied her first first on the Spartans' all-time career list with 17 home runs, tying Spartan great Joy Byers for the career lead … The home run is Ruleman's fourth of the year … The home run for Jurkiewicz is her first career home run … The shutout for Melissa Jurkiewicz is her second this year … Jurkiewicz has not walked a batter in seven of her 11 appearances for the year …. Jurkiewicz has struck out 53 and walked just five in her 68.1 innings of work this spring.


Game Two

Final Score: York (Pa.) 19 – SVU 2 (5 innings)

Season Game Number: 20

Records: York (15-5, 2-0 CAC) / Southern Virginia (3-17, 0-2 CAC

Site: Harvey-Dryden Field, Buena Vista, Virginia

Winning Pitcher (Record): Jenny Coyle (3-0)

Losing Pitcher (Record): Rachael Moore (2-8)

Save (Number): None


How It Happened

• After scoring two runs in seven innings in the opener, York exploded for 11 runs in the second inning. York got the 11 runs on five hits, five walks and four hit batters. Savannah Zittle had a pair of two run doubles in the inning.

• York added five runs in the third as Carleigh Ruleman just missed hitting her 18th career home run with a lead off double down the line. Katie Maloney had a two double while Zittle had her third two run double of the game.

• Southern Virginia got on the board with a run in the bottom of the third.

• Both teams scored runs in the fourth inning while York concluded the scoring in the game with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth.


Spartan Offensive Leaders:

Savannah Zittle: 3-for-5, 6 RBI, 1 run scored, 3 2B

Joanna Marmo: 2-for-3, 3 RBI, 2 runs scored, 2 2B

Haley Hirn: 2-for-3, 2 RBI, 2 runs scored, 2B, HR

Katie Maloney: 1-for-2, 4 RBI, 1 run scored, 2B

Carleigh Ruleman: 2-for-4, 2 runs scored

SVU Offensive Leaders:

Tara Hilton: 1-for-2, 1 RBI

Mollie Gabbert: 1-for-2, 1 RBI, 1 run scored

Rachael Moore: 1-for-3, 1 run scored, 2B


Spartan Pitching Leaders:

Jenny Coyle: 6.0 IP, 3 hits, 0 runs, 1 BB, 0 K

Knight Pitching Leaders:

Racheal Moore: 1.1 IP, 2 hits, 8 earned runs, 5 BB, 0 K

Annie Clark: 0.2 IP, 7 hits, 8 earned runs, 2 BB, 0 K

Madsen Muse: 3.0 IP, 6 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned runs, 2 K, 0 BB


Game Two Notes: The Spartans got a season-high 19 runs on 15 hits with no errors while Southern Virginia had two runs on four hits with one error … Savannah Zittle's three doubles ties a single-game school record … Zittle's six RBI in game two are good for a fifth place tie on the single-game record list … Zittle already has 31 hits in 20 games this year while she had 18 hits in 41 games last year … Jenny Coyle improved to 3-0 with her second straight complete game … Coyle allowed her first career runs in the game … Coyle has now allowed two earned runs in 14 innings of work … Coyle has nine strikeouts and two walks for the season as opponents are hitting just .170 against her … York is now 6-0 all-time against the Knights as they have outscored Southern Virginia by a combined score of 59-6.

What's Next: The Spartans conclude their ten game road trip with a pair of games at Albright College on Wednesday afternoon First pitch for game one in Reading is set for 3:00 pm.

Carleigh Ruleman photo courtesy of Derek Behrenshausen - Asst. Dir. of Athletic Communications