Mustangs Split Regular Season Finale With York (Pa.)

Mustangs Split Regular Season Finale With York (Pa.)

YORK, Pa. - Stevenson softball senior Tiffany McKee launched her eighth home run of the season while freshman Haley Monahan picked up her third win of the season in the pitching circle as the Mustangs split their regular season doubleheader versus York (Pa.) in non-conference action Tuesday afternoon at Spartan Stadium.

The Mustangs (17-17), who finished one game out of the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Commonwealth playoffs, dropped game one, 1-0, on an unearned run, before taking game two, 3-2, with a run in the top of the seventh inning.

In the opening game, Stevenson was held to just four hits and left four runners on base for just the second shutout of the season. The Spartans (27-16-1) lone run came in the third inning on a sacrifice bunt before the Mustangs turned a double play to get out of the inning. The visitors had a runner in scoring position in the top of the seventh but the runner was thrown out at home for the final out on a single by sophomore Haley Lennon.

Sophomore Morghan Fulton allowed just five hits in the pitching circle and struck out two.

McKee gave the Mustangs an early lead in game two with a solo home run to left field. McKee has recorded 15 extra-base hits this season after entering her senior season with just eight. Freshman Alexandra DiGrande, who went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, brought in an unearned run in the second inning with a RBI single through the left side. The rookie has six multi-hit games on the year.

York (Pa.) scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, both with two outs, on back-to-back extra-base hits. But Stevenson responded in the seventh inning as McKee hit a lead off double before scoring an unearned run after a single by senior Brooke Steinbach advanced her to third before a fielding error brought her home.

Monahan retired the side in order in the bottom of the seventh, including a strikeout to end the game. Monahan scattered five hits and struck out three.

Stevenson will await selections for the ECAC Division III Softball Championships on Monday, May 7.