Shorewomen post program record ninth consecutive win and wrap up best Centennial record in school history
LANCASTER, Pa. — Visiting Washington College locked up the two seed in the upcoming Centennial Conference tournament by sweeping both ends of a Centennial Conference doubleheader from host Franklin & Marshall today at Baker Campus Softball Field in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The Shorewomen won the opening game of the day 6-2 before scoring eight times in the fifth inning of a 10-1 win in Game Two, which ended after five innings due to the eight run rule.
Washington College 6, Franklin & Marshall 2 (Game One)
How It Happened
- The Shorewomen got on the board in the top of the first when Allyson Meil scored from third on a sac bunt from Maddie Bennett to put Washington ahead 1-0.
- The Diplomats tied the game in the bottom of the first when Lexi Piccinich singled, bringing home Kelly Van O'Linda to tie the game 1-1.
- Franklin & Marshall took the lead in the bottom of the second inning when Erin Russell singled to second base with two outs, bringing home Ryan Correa, who led off the inning with a triple, to give the Diplomats a 2-1 lead.
- Washington regained the lead in the top of the third inning when Bennett hit her third home run of the season, a three run shot to left center field, to bring home Elaina DiPrimio and Taylor Harcum and give the Shorewomen a 4-2 lead.
- The Shorewomen extended the lead to 5-2 in the top of the fifth when Erin Spinden singled through the right side, bringing home DiPrimio.
- Bennett singled home her fifth run of the day in the top of the sixth, a single to left field to score Harcum and push the Shorewomen lead to 6-2 and cap the scoring.
For the Shorewomen (23-14, 12-3 Centennial Conference)
- Hitting: Bennett (2-for-3, home run, career high five RBI's, run), Harcum (3-for-4, two runs), DiPrimio (2-for-3, double, two runs), Spinden (RBI), Kerri Estep (double), Meil (run).
- Pitching: Harcum (win, 11-6, six innings, five hits, two runs, one earned, four walks, career high tying nine strikeouts), Milly Kawabata (one inning, zero hits, zero runs, one walk, two strikeouts).
- The Shorewomen picked up 10 hits in the win, drew one walk, and left eight runners on base.
- Washington committed a pair of errors, leading to one unearned run for the Diplomats.
For Franklin & Marshall (14-19, 8-7 Centennial Conference)
- Hitting: Megan Ryan (double, two walks), Piccinich (RBI single, walk), Russell (RBI single), Correa (triple, run), Taylor Long (double), Van O'Linda (walk, run).
- Pitching: Izzy Schaefer (loss, 9-11, complete game, 10 hits, six runs, four earned, one walk, five strikeouts).
- The Diplomats picked up five hits in the loss, drew five walks, and left 11 runners on base.
- Franklin & Marshall committed three errors, leading to a pair of unearned Washington runs.
Washington College 10, Franklin & Marshall 1 (5 innings) (Game Two)
How It Happened
- The Shorewomen took the lead in the top of the second inning when Alli Saul singled through the right side, bringing home Spinden, and made it a 2-0 lead when Harcum singled to drive in Saul. Washington could have extended the lead further but left the bases loaded.
- The Diplomats got on the board in the bottom of the second when Correa singled to left field, driving home Ryan to cut the lead to 2-1.
- The Shorewomen exploded for eight runs in the top of the fifth to put the game away. DiPrimio doubled down the left field line, bringing in Meil to push the lead to 3-1, followed by Spinden drawing a bases loaded walk to force home Harcum and make it a 4-1 game. Rachel Butler drove home a pair of runs with a single through the left side, bringing home Bennett and Kasey Buck to push the Shorewomen ahead 6-1, and Meil would then single to short, scoring Spinden to give Washington a 7-1 lead. Harcum would cap the inning with a three run single to right field, bringing home Butler, Leah Stokes, and Meil, to push the Shorewomen out to a 10-1 lead and cap the scoring in the game.
- The game ended after the bottom half of the fifth inning due to the eight run rule.
For the Shorewomen (24-14, 13-3 Centennial Conference)
- Hitting: Harcum (3-for-3, four RBI's, run), Butler (2-for-3, two RBI's, run), Meil (2-for-3, RBI, walk, two runs, stolen base), DiPrimio (2-for-3, double, RBI), Spinden (two walks, RBI, two runs, stolen base), Saul (RBI, run), Stokes (hit, walk, run), Bennett (hit, walk, run).
- Pitching: Bennett (win, 12-7, 4 1/3 innings, three hits, one run, two walks, nine strikeouts), Kawabata (2/3 innings, one hit, zero runs, one walk, two strikeouts).
- The Shorewomen collected 12 hits in the win, drew five walks, and left just three runners on base.
- Washington had a clean defensive game, committing zero errors in the win.
For Franklin & Marshall (14-20, 8-8 Centennial Conference)
- Hitting: Correa (hit, RBI), Ryan (double, run), Russell (two walks).
- Pitching: Katie Wenger (loss, 5-9, five innings, 12 hits, 10 runs, five walks, two strikeouts).
- The Diplomats collected four hits in the loss, drew three walks, and left six runners on base.
- Franklin & Marshall committed a pair of errors, but it led to zero unearned Washington runs.
- With the win, Washington finishes the regular season with a 13-3 Centennial Conference record, the best Centennial record in program history.
- The Shorewomen have now won nine straight games, the longest winning streak in the history of the program.
- This is the third time this season Bennett has struck out nine batters in a game. She also did it in her first start of the year against Salem on February 25th and in a 3-2 win over Gettysburg on April 2nd.
- The eight run fifth inning is the first time Washington has scored eight runs in an inning since they did so in the second inning of the Centennial Conference championship game on May 5th, 2013.
- Despite the sweep, the Shorewomen will be the #2 seed in the upcoming Centennial Conference tournament thanks to a McDaniel sweep of defending Centennial champions Haverford earlier today.
Up Next for the Shorewomen
5/5 v. Gettysburg (at McDaniel) - Time TBA (Centennial Conference Tournament)
- The Shorewomen swept the regular season series with the Bullets in Gettysburg, winning Game One 3-1 and Game Two 3-2. It was Washington's first ever sweep of Gettysburg on the road.
- The Shorewomen will be joined in the Centennial Conference Tournament by McDaniel, the hosts, and Gettysburg. The last spot will go to either Franklin & Marshall or Muhlenberg, depending on the results of the Mules' doubleheader tomorrow vs. Gettysburg. If the Mules sweep, Muhlenberg will claim the fourth and final spot. Any other result means that the Diplomats will be in the Centennial playoffs.
- Washington will be in search of their second Centennial championship after winning the title in 2013. This will be the program's sixth appearance in the conference tournament in the last seven years.