Butler Plates Three and Harcum Tosses 6 2/3 Innings of Scoreless Relief
WESTMINSTER, Md. – The second seeded Washington College softball rallied from 4-0 down to eliminate top seed and host McDaniel, 7-4, in the first elimination game of the 2017 Centennial Conference Softball Tournament on Saturday on the campus of McDaniel. The Shorewomen were slated to play Gettysburg, the third seed, in the final game of the day in the tournament's second elimination game, but that game was postponed until Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. due to rain. In the other game on Saturday, Gettysburg fell to fourth seed Franklin & Marshall by the same score, 7-4.
Washington College 7 McDaniel 4 (Centennial Conference Tournament Elimination Game)
How It Happened
- McDaniel scored the game's first run in the top of the first inning when Olivia Kipe worked out a bases loaded walk to force in Stacie Maring with one away to start a four-run top of the first for the hosts. The next hitter, Megan Coyle walked to chase home Payton Lewis to make it 2-0. With two outs, Haley Michael singled to third base to score Tayler Hishon to give the Green Terror their third run of the frame and Kipe came around to score when Morgan Scardina drew the third bases loaded walk of the inning.
- The Shorewomen took advantage of a two out McDaniel error in the last of the first to plate a pair of runs on a double down the third base line by Rachel Butler that scored both Elaina DiPrimio and Maddie Bennett.
- The game was halted for two hours and twenty-six minutes due to a rain delay following the end of the first inning and the game resume at 2:00 p.m.
- Washington would take the lead for good with a three-run bottom of the third to grab a 5-4 lead. With one out, Butler singled down the left field line to plate Bennett to trim the lead to 4-3. With two outs, Leah Stokes slapped a double into the gap in left-center to score both Erin Spinden and Butler to give WC a one-run lead. All three runs in the frame were unearned.
- The Shorewomen loaded the bases with nobody out and extended their lead to 6-4 on a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the fourth to Spinden that allowed Taylor Harcum to score.
- In the top of the sixth following two outs, McDaniel got two runners on via a base hit and an error with Lewis at the dish as the potential go ahead run. But Harcum got Lewis to ground out to Kerri Estep at second base to end the threat.
- Gabrielle Edwards capped the scoring in the game on an RBI single to left-center that scored Butler with two outs in the last of the sixth to make it 7-4.
- Harcum retired McDaniel in order in the top of the seventh on a strikeout and a pair of groundouts to end the game and keep the Shorewomen's hopes alive.
For The Shorewomen (25-15)
- Hitting: Butler (3-for-4, three RBI, two runs), Bennett (2-for-4, two runs), Stokes (2-for-4, two RBI), Harcum (1-for-1, run, two walks)
- Pitching: Harcum (win 12-7, 6 2/3 innings in scoreless relief, five hits, two walks, seven strikeouts), Bennett (1/3 inning, one hit, four runs, four earned, three walks, zero strikeouts)
- Washington committed one error, but it did not lead to a McDaniel run.
- The Shorewomen had 12 hits, had one player reach by hit by pitch and drew three walks in the game.
For McDaniel (24-17-1)
- Hitting: Maring (3-for-4, run), Megan Coyle (two walks, RBI)
- Pitching: Fiona Johnson (loss 10-5, three-plus innings, nine hits, six runs, one earned, two walks, two strikeouts), Jamie Weisser (three innings, three hits, one unearned run, one walk, one strikeout)
- McDaniel had four errors in the game, which led to six unearned runs for the Shorewomen.
- The Green Terror had six hits, worked out five base on balls and had one player get on via hit by pitch.
- The Green Terror left eight on base, while the Shorewomen left 11 on base.
- Washington was the home team on the scoreboard even though the game was at McDaniel.
- McDaniel is the first top seed to be eliminated first in the conference tournament since Ursinus in 2009.
- It was the first time the Shorewomen have beaten the Green Terror in the conference tournament in four tries. McDaniel won the first three in 2005, 2012 and 2014.
5/7 v. Gettysburg – 10:00 a.m. (Centennial Conference Tournament Elimination Game)
- The loser of the game is out of the tournament while the winner of the contest will play fourth seed Franklin & Marshall for the conference championship. The Diplomats will need to win just one game to capture the crown, while the winner of the Shorewomen and the Bullets must win twice to win the title.
- Gettysburg downed Washington, 9-0, on Friday in six innings on Friday.