Harcum goes 6-for-7 with three RBI's and four runs scored in sweep
CHESTERTOWN, Md. — Host Washington College clinched a spot in the 2017 Centennial Conference playoffs by sweeping visiting Haverford, the defending Centennial champions who beat the Shorewomen for the championship in Chestertown last year, in a Centennial Conference doubleheader played today at the WC Softball Field in Chestertown, Maryland. The Shorewomen won Game One 9-2 and erupted for seven runs in the first inning of an identical 9-2 win in Game Two.
Washington College 9, Haverford 2 (Game One)
How It Happened
- Washington had a golden opportunity to break through by loading the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the first inning, but the Shorewomen could not score.
- The Shorewomen got on the scoreboard with five runs in the bottom of the second inning. Allyson Meil delivered a two run triple to right center field, bringing home Rachel Butler and Leah Stokes to put Washington ahead 2-0. Taylor Harcum followed with a double to left field, bringing home Meil to push the lead to 3-0. Maddie Bennett then delivered her Centennial leading 14th double of the season, bringing home Harcum, and Erin Spinden capped the inning with a single to right field, chasing home Bennett to cap the inning and give the Shorewomen a 5-0 lead.
- Washington extended the lead to 6-0 in the bottom of the fourth when Harcum singled to right center, driving home Meil. The Shorewomen could have done more damage, but left the bases loaded for the second time in the game.
- Haverford got on the board with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth inning when Ashley Sisto doubled down the left field line, bringing home Hailey O'Mara and Rachel Wolfson to cut the Shorewomen lead to 6-2.
- The Shorewomen added three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Spinden grounded out to score Harcum, then Alli Saul would single to third base, bringing in pinch runner Kerrigan Buck to put the lead at 8-2. Butler rounded out the scoring with a groundout to first, bringing home Bennett to make it a 9-2 Shorewomen lead.
For the Shorewomen (21-14, 10-3 Centennial Conference)
- Hitting: Meil (3-for-4, two RBI's, two triples, two runs, stolen base), Harcum (4-for-4, double, two RBI's, two runs, stolen base), Spinden (2-for-4, two RBI's), Bennett (double, RBI, two walks, two runs), Butler (two walks, RBI, run), Stokes (hit, run, stolen base).
- Pitching: Harcum (win, 10-6, six innings, six hits, two runs, zero walks, one strikeout), Milly Kawabata (one inning, zero hits, zero runs, zero walks, zero strikeouts).
- The Shorewomen picked up 13 hits in the win, drew five walks, and left nine runners on base.
- Washington did not commit an error in the win.
For Haverford (7-18, 3-10 Centennial Conference)
- Hitting: Sisto (double, two RBI's).
- Pitching: Kendall Chambers (loss, 3-9, five plus innings, 12 hits, nine runs, five walks, three strikeouts).
- The Fords picked up six hits in the loss, drew no walks, and left four runners on base.
- Haverford also did not commit an error in the loss.
- Meil was named the Goose Nation TV Shorewomen Player Of The Game on the webcast of the game for the second time this season.
- Washington has now won six games in a row.
Washington College 9, Haverford 2 (Game Two)
How It Happened
- Washington wasted little time getting on the board in Game Two, pushing xx runs across in the bottom of the first. Bennett reached on a fielding error with the bases loaded, bringing home Meil for the first run. Butler then followed with a two run double to left center, driving home Elaina DiPrimio and Harcum to make it a 3-0 game. Saul followed with her own two run double to left center, bringing home Butler and Bennett to push the Shorewomen lead to 5-0. Stokes would then double to right field, bringing home Saul, followed by a Harcum single to right field, bringing in Kerri Estep to make it a 7-0 Shorewomen advantage.
- The Fords got on the board in the top of the fourth inning when Jessica Koshinski hit her third home run of the season, a solo home run to left field, to cut the Washington lead to 7-1.
- A two out single through the right side from Stokes brought home Saul and pushed the Shorewomen's lead to 8-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning.
- Haverford got a single from Temma Levis, bringing home Koshinski to cut Washington's lead to 8-2 in the top of the sixth inning.
- Bennett got the run back for the Shorewomen in the bottom of the sixth with an RBI single up the middle, bringing home Harcum to push Washington's lead to 9-2 and round out the scoring.
For the Shorewomen (22-14, 11-3 Centennial Conference)
- Hitting: Saul (2-for-3, double, two RBI's, two runs), Stokes (2-for-3, double, two RBI's, stolen base), Harcum (2-for-3, triple, RBI, walk, two runs), Meil (hit, two walks, run, two stolen bases), Butler (double, two RBI's, run), Bennett (hit, two RBI's, run), Estep (walk, run scored).
- Pitching: Bennett (win, 11-7, six innings, four hits, two runs, two walks, five strikeouts), Kawabata (one inning, one hit, zero runs, zero walks, one strikeout).
- The Shorewomen collected 11 hits in the win, drew five walks, and left seven runners on base.
- Washington played another clean defensive game, committing zero errors..
For Haverford (7-19, 3-11 Centennial Conference)
- Hitting: Chambers (2-for-2, double), Koshinski (1-for-3, home run, RBI, two runs), Levis (1-for-3, RBI).
- Pitching: Temma Levis (loss, 4-7, six innings, 11 hits, nine runs, five walks, five strikeouts).
- The Fords collected five hits in the loss, drew a pair of walks, and left five runners on base.
- Haverford committed one error, leading to a single unearned Washington run.
- Saul was named the Goose Nation TV Shorewomen Player Of The Game on the webcast of the game for the first time this season. She has collected at least one hit in nine of the Shorewomen's 12 games in the month of April.
- The Shorewomen have clinched a spot in the Centennial Conference playoffs for the sixth time in the last seven seasons. Prior to the start of this current run, the Shorewomen had qualified for the conference tournament just one time in it's 10 years of existence.
- Washington has now won seven games in a row, their longest win streak since the team started 8-0 in the 2014 season.
- The Shorewomen's seven run first inning is the first time the Shorewomen have scored seven runs in a first inning since they did so in a 10-4 win against Rutgers-Camden in the 2013 season opener on March 1st, 2013.
- Today marks the first time this season in which the Shorewomen did not commit a defensive error in either one of their two games played for the day.
- Spinden and Estep, the team's two seniors, were honored in a Senior Day ceremony before the beginning of the first game.
Up Next for the Shorewomen
4/24 v. Stevenson - 3:00 p.m. (non-conference double-header)
- The Shorewomen split a non-conference doubleheader with the Mustangs in Owings Mills last year, scoring a season-high 14 runs in a 14-5 win in Game One before falling in Game Two, 5-2.