Cooper Fires Four-Hit Complete Game In Game One; Patinella 3-for-3 with Three RBI and Two Runs Scored in Opener
GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Visiting Washington College and host Gettysburg split a Centennial Conference softball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Bobby Jones Field. The Shorewomen won game one 11-1, while the Bullets took game two, 5-3. The Bullets are now 22-4 on the year and 7-1 in the Centennial, while the Shorewomen are 9-13 and 4-6 respectively.
In game one, the Shorewomen took a 2-0 lead on a two-out base hit to left field by senior Kristin Cooper (Georgetown, Del./Sussex Central) to drive in both seniors, Suzanne Patinella (Fallston, Md./Maryvale Prep) and Kelsey Graham (Dunkirk, Md./Northern).
The Shorewomen made it 3-0 when with one out in the top of the fourth Cooper scored on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Caitlyn Kirby (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie). In the top of the fifth, with one away, Patinella doubled to score freshman Meredith Maynard (Bristol, Conn./St. Paul Catholic) and sophomore Kerri Estep (Lancaster, Pa./Penn Manor) to make it 5-0.
The Bullets got on the board in the last of the sixth when Steph Zengel with one out singled down the left field line to plate Sam Misurell to cut the lead to 5-1.
Washington scored six times in the top of the seventh to bust the game open with four of the six runs being unearned.
Cooper picked up the win in the circle to improve to 7-3 as she tossed a four-hit complete game, walking two and striking out nine. She had a no-hitter going into the sixth inning before it was broken up with one out by Jamie Abell. At the plate, Patinella went 3-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored as Washington had 13 hits. Cooper went 3-for-4 with two RBI, while Maynard had two hits and two runs scored. Also tallying two hits were senior Christine Anderson (Palmer Lake, Colo./Lewis-Palmer) and junior Clare Hofstedt (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park).
Lindsey Treanor took the loss for Gettysburg and falls to 10-3 as she gave up five runs in 4 1/3 innings. At the plate, the Bullets had four hits.
In game two, the Bullets got onto the scoreboard when Zengel doubled to right-center to score Abell for the game's first run. The next hitter, Emily Hall doubled to right-center to score Zengel to make it 2-0.
Washington would tie it with two in the top half of the second. Patinella scored on a double down the left field line by Cooper with one out and Cooper would score on a sac bunt by Kirby to knot the score. On the two-base hit, Cooper became the 20th Shorewoman to notch 100 career hits and is one of four current players on the squad to have 100 or more career hits. Gettysburg took a 3-2 lead in the last of the second when Wendy Folfas scored on a fielding error by Washington with two outs.
In the top of the third, the Shorewomen tied it at 3-3 on a two-out base hit to center by freshman Hannah Spohn (Port Orchard, Wash./South Kitsap) to drive in junior Sadie Robertson (Cape May Court House, N.J./Middle Township). The Bullets answered with two two-out runs in the last of the third to take a 5-3 lead. Stephanie Leonardo scored on a Folfas double to make it 4-3 and Folfas scored on a throwing error by the Shorewomen to give the hosts a two-run lead.
The Shorewomen's best chance to rally was in the top of the sixth with two outs and two on, but Gettysburg pitcher Aileen Reilly got Cooper to fly out to left to end the threat. The Shorewomen went down in order in the top of the seventh to end the game.
For the Bullets, Leonardo went 3-for-3, Abell had two hits and Folfas scored twice in the night cap as the hosts had nine hits. In the circle, Reilly went the entire way, scattering six hits, giving up three runs, one earned, walking none and striking out four to improve to 11-1.
Patinella had two hits for Washington in game two and had five for the doubleheader as the guests had five hits in the second game. In the circle, junior Sydnee Schorr (Easton, Md./Easton) took the loss and drops to 0-4. She tossed the final four innings in relief, giving up five hits, two runs, one earned, walking one and fanning five.
The Shorewomen are back in action at home on Tuesday in a Centennial Conference twinbill against visiting Swarthmore beginning at 3:00 p.m.