Briganti and Hofstedt Each With Seven Hits On The Day
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – Juniors Paige Briganti (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) and Clare Hofstedt (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) each had seven hits on the day and Briganti became the 19th Washington College softball player to tally 100 career hits versus Hiram as the Shorewomen won a pair of non-conference softball games at the Rebel Spring Games at DiamondPlex on Tuesday. Washington topped Mitchell, 8-0, in five innings due to the eight-run rule in the morning game and downed Hiram, 10-4, in the afternoon contest. The Shorewomen improve to 4-2 on the season.
Against Mitchell (0-7), the Shorewomen scored three times in the bottom of the first inning to take a 3-0 lead. Hofstedt came home on a fielder's choice for the game's first run with nobody out and with one away Briganti also scored on a fielder's choice. With two away, freshman Hannah Spohn (Port Orchard, Wash./South Kitsap) singled to right to drive in senior Kristin Cooper (Georgetown, Del./Sussex Central) to cap the three-run frame.
The Shorewomen would salt the game away with a five-run fifth to win via the eight-run rule with all the runs coming with one out. Freshman Meredith Maynard (Bristol, Conn./St. Paul Catholic) singled home both seniors Christine Anderson (Palmer Lake, Colo./Lewis-Palmer) and Kelsey Graham (Dunkirk, Md./Northern) to make it 5-0. Maynard would come home on a squeeze bunt off the bat of sophomore Caitlyn Kirby (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie) to push the lead to six. Two batters later, Briganti chased home Kirby on a base hit to left to put WC up by seven runs and the game ended two hitters later when senior Suzanne Patinella (Fallston, Md./Maryvale Prep) singled to right to plate Hofstedt to make it 8-0 and end the contest.
At the plate, Briganti went 3-for-4 with a career-best two steals and Hofstedt went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored as the Shorewomen had 12 hits. Maynard drove in two for the Shorewomen in the victory. In the circle, Cooper tossed a three-hit shutout to improve to 3-0 on the season as she went the entire way. The senior walked three and struck out nine, including the side in the first inning.
For the Mariners, Samantha DelConte had two of the Mariners' three hits. Brittany Fiederlein took the loss for Mitchell as she went the entire way.
Versus Hiram (2-4), the Shorewomen got onto the board with nobody out in the top half of the first when Hofstedt beat a throw from Miranda Wright third base on a fielder's choice. In the frame, Briganti's base hit to left field gave her 100 career hits at Washington. In the top of the second, Washington put together a pair of runs with two outs after the Terriers retired the first two WC hitters. Briganti singled to center with two away to score freshman Allyson Meil (Jarrettsville, Md./North Harford) and Hofstedt to push the lead to 3-0.
Hiram trimmed the Washington lead to 3-1 in the last of the fourth on an RBI single to right with one out by Meghan Garland that plated Wright.
But Washington would restore its three-run lead in the top of the fifth when Maynard came home on a two-out single to left by Spohn and expanded its lead to 5-1 in the top of the sixth when Hofstedt came home on a sacrifice fly by Cooper. On the play, Cooper fouled out to first base but nobody on Hiram was covering the plate and Hofstedt took off to score.
Each team had a big seventh inning as the Shorewomen scored five times to make it 10-1 with the help of three Hiram errors before the Terriers scored three times with the aid of two Washington errors to cut it to 10-4 and provide the final margin.
The Shorewomen, who had 14 hits in the win over Hiram, got a perfect 5-for-5 game with four runs scored from Hofstedt as set career-bests in hits and runs scored in the victory. Briganti was 4-for-5 with three RBI in the contest as her four hits ties her personal best. She became the 19th player in the program's history to tally 100 all-time hits and joins Anderson and Patinella as current Washington players to have 100 hits. Briganti is now 18th all-time with 103 hits, while Anderson is 13th at 112 and Patinella is tied for 11th at 120. Meil also scored a pair of runs for Washington in the win. In the circle, Anderson gets the win in relief as she tossed a perfect 1 2/3 innings to improve to 1-1. She relieved starter, junior Sydnee Schorr (Easton, Md./Easton) who went the first 3 1/3 innings. Schorr, who notched her 100th Washington strikeout on Monday versus Simpson, struck out four, walked three, allowed a pair of hits and a run.
For the Terriers, who had seven hits, Wright and Emily Syrjala each had a pair of hits. Garland took the loss in the circle as she falls to 0-3. She gave up four runs, all earned, on nine hits in five innings.
Washington is off tomorrow, but is back at it Thursday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. versus Muskingum and at 4:45 p.m. against Thomas More at the Rebel Spring Games.