Shorewomen Fall To NC Wesleyan and #18 Emory In Season Opening Games

Shorewomen Fall To NC Wesleyan and #18 Emory In Season Opening Games

Briganti Smacks Four Hits Against NC Wesleyan and Totaled Five Hits In The Two Games

CARY, N.C. – The Washington College softball team dropped a pair of non-conference games to open its 2016 season this season in North Carolina.  The Shorewomen dropped a 10-7 decision to North Carolina Wesleyan in their afternoon game at Bond Park and fell to #18 Emory, 16-1, in five innings due to the eight-run rule in their night contest at Mills Park Middle School.

North Carolina Wesleyan 10 Washington College 7

How It Happened
-Washington College took a 1-0 lead in the last of the first inning on an RBI single to right field by Hannah Spohn that scored Clare Hofstedt with nobody out.  The Shorewomen had runners at first and third with nobody out, but could not add to the lead.
-Shelby Godwin homered to left in the top of the second with no outs to put the Battling Bishops ahead 2-1 and it was a lead they would never give up.
-With one out in the top of the third, the Battling Bishops took a 3-1 lead on a Jasmine Edgren triple to right field that plated Brittany Manning and one batter later Edgren came home on a sacrifice fly to left off the bat of Peyton Hyler to make it 4-1.
-With nobody out in the bottom of the fourth, Alison Pusey hit a sac fly to right that plated Meredith Maynard to cut the lead to 4-2.  On the next play, Washington's Elaina DiPrimio was nailed at the plate on a throw by NC Wesleyan left fielder Lindsay Sharpe on a fly ball off the bat of Hofstedt.
-Logan Lowery scored on a fielding error by the Shorewomen with one out in the top of the fifth to give NC Wesleyan a 5-2 lead.
-The Shorewomen scored twice in the last of the fifth to cut the lead to 5-4 with a pair of two-out RBI singles by Taylor Harcum and Maynard.
-The Battling Bishops scored five runs in the top of the seventh to take a 10-4 lead.  With nobody out, NC Wesleyan scored twice on a single and a ground out to make it 7-4.  With one out, a bases loaded walk sac fly made it 9-4.  With two away, the second bases loaded walk of the inning made it 10-4.
-In the last of the seventh, Washington scored three times to cut the deficit to 10-7.  With two outs, a fielding error allowed Harcum and Kerri Estep to score to cut the lead to 10-6 and two batters later, Paige Briganti singled to left to score Trish Langley to reduce the deficit to 10-7.  Spohn represented the winning run at the plate, but lined out to Hyler at second to end the game.

For The Shorewomen (0-1)
-Hitting: Briganti (4-for-4), DiPrimio (career-best three hits), Maynard (two hits), Harcum (two runs)
-Pitching: Harcum (loss 0-1, seven runs, six earned in six-plus innings, six strikeouts and three walks on eight hits)
-Washington had 13 hits in the game and committed two errors in the field.

For North Carolina Wesleyan (1-2)
-Hitting: Godwin (2-for-3, two RBI, two runs, two walks, home run), Hyler (two RBI and two walks)
-Pitching: Lowery (win 1-1, 5 2/3 innings pitched, 11 hits allowed, four runs, all earned, four walks, two strikeouts), Sharpe (save 1, 1 1/3 innings, three runs, none earned, two hits and two walks allowed)
-The Battling Bishops had nine hits in the win and had two errors in the field.

Notes
-Briganti now has five games in her career with four hits.

#18 Emory 16 Washington College 1

How It Happened
-The Shorewomen got on the board first when Briganti doubled to center to chase home Hofstedt for the game's first run with nobody out.
-In the bottom of the second, the Eagles scored five times to take control of the game.  Raygan Greer tied the game when she scored on an error with one away and Jenna Wilson came home on a wild pitch to give Emory a 2-1 lead.  With two away, Melody Carter socked a three-run double to left-center to give the Eagles a 5-1 bulge.
-Emory scored four times in the last of the third and seven runs in the bottom of the fourth to cap the scoring.

For The Shorewomen (0-2)
-Hitting: Briganti (RBI double), Estep (first career triple)
-Pitching: Layton (loss 0-1, nine runs, but just one was earned)
-Washington had two hits in the game.
-The Shorewomen had six errors in the game that led to 14 Emory unearned runs.

For Emory (8-0)
-Hitting: Carter (four RBI and two hits), Cassie Baca, Taylor Forte and Alyssa Pollard (two runs), Janelle Turnquest and Amy Wray (two RBI), Lana Herrmann (three walks and two runs)
-Pitching: Brittany File (win 6-0, three innings, two hits and one run with six strikeouts)
-The Eagles had nine hits in the win and worked out seven walks.

Up Next
2/28 vs. Hood at William Peace – 12:00 p.m.
2/28 at William Peace – 2:00 p.m.
-Day two of the Grand Slam Triangle Classic hosted by William Peace
-Both are non-conference games.