Bullets Come Back to End Shorewomen’s Dreams of a Centennial Conference Championship, 5-4

Bullets Come Back to End Shorewomen’s Dreams of a Centennial Conference Championship, 5-4

Washington Finishes Season With 25 Wins, Third Most In Program History

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Third seeded Gettysburg scored three unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to turn a 4-2 deficit into a 5-4 lead and held on to top second seed Washington College by the same margin in the second elimination game of the 2017 Centennial Conference Softball Tournament on Sunday morning on the campus of McDaniel.  The Shorewomen conclude their season with 25 victories, the third most in program history, trailing the 2013 (27 wins) and the 2014 (26 wins) squads.  

Gettysburg 5 Washington College 4 (Centennial Conference Tournament Elimination Game)

How It Happened
- Gettysburg scored the game's first run in the bottom of the second inning when Liz Cowell singled up the middle with one out to score Sam Misurell who just beat the throw from Washington centerfielder Elaina DiPrimio.          
- The Shorewomen took advantage of a three Gettysburg errors in the top of the third to take a 4-1 lead.  With nobody out, Alli Saul scored on a throwing error following a base hit to right off the bat of Gabrielle Edwards to tie the game at 1-1.  With one out, Taylor Harcum singled to left to score Kerri Estep to give WC a 2-1 lead.  Two batters later, Leah Stokes scored on a fielder's choice off the bat of Maddie Bennett and on the play a bad throw allowed Harcum to cross the plate and give the Shorewomen a three-run lead. 
- In the last of the third, Sofia Blasius smacked a single up the middle to drive in Nicole Farese with two away to trim the lead to 4-2.  The Bullets had runners on second and third later in the frame, but Bennett got Misurell to fly out to Erin Spinden in left to end the frame.
- Gettysburg would take advantage of two Washington errors with two outs to score three times and take a 5-4 lead.  With two outs, Jessica Casale scored on a dropped pop up to trim the lead to 4-3.  Sarahrose Janik would tie the game when she scored on a fielding error.  The Bullets would take the lead for good when Stephanie Leonardo singled through the left side to drive in Blasius.  All three runs in the frame were unearned.
- Bullets' pitcher Aileen Reilly would retire the Shorewomen in order in the top of the sixth and seventh innings to end the game.  In the top of the seventh, she got help from her defense as Jamie Abell made a diving stop of a ball hit by Edwards in the hole between shortstop and third and was able to throw out Edwards for the first out.

For The Shorewomen (25-15)
- Hitting: Harcum (1-for-3, run, RBI), Saul (1-for-3, run)
- Pitching: Bennett (loss 12-8, complete game, seven hits, five runs, two earned, four walks, three strikeouts)
- Washington committed two errors, leading to three Gettysburg runs. 
- The Shorewomen, who left three on base, had seven hits, had one player reach by hit by pitch and drew zero walks in the game.

For Gettysburg (27-13-1)
- Hitting: Blasius (1-for-2, run, RBI, walk), Cowell (1-for-2, RRBI), Leonardo (1-for-3, RBI), Meredith Taylor (1-for-2, two walks)
- Pitching: Reilly (win 12-6, complete game, five hits, four runs, one earned, zero walks, four strikeouts)
- Gettysburg had three errors in the game, which led to three unearned runs for the Shorewomen.
- The Bullets had seven hits and worked out four base on balls, while leaving nine on base.

Notes
- Washington was appearing in its sixth Centennial Conference Tournament in the past seven years.
- The Shorewomen won 20 or more games for the sixth time since 2011.  Prior to 2011, they had one 20-win season when they went 21-9-1 in 1997.
- WC went 13-3 in Centennial play this season and the 13 wins are the most for any Shorewoman squad.  The previous best was exactly 20 years ago when they went 12-4.
- Today marked the final time in a Washington uniform for Estep and Spinden.  During their four years, the Shorewomen went 89-67-1 and appeared in three conference tournaments.