Kawabata Drives In Game Winning Run In Game One; Bennett Throws Six Innings Of One Hit Relief In Game Two
ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Senior pitcher Milly Kawabata (Kirkland, Wash. / Juanita) picked up her second career win and drove in her first career run in Game One, which held up as the game winning run, and junior pitcher Maddie Bennett (Ellicott City, Md. / Mount Hebron) threw six innings of one hit, shutout relief in Game Two to help visiting Washington College clinch a spot in the Centennial Conference Tournament and complete their first ever sweep of host Muhlenberg in a Centennial Conference softball doubleheader played today at Cedarcreek Field in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The Shorewomen won the opening game 3-2 and rallied to win the second game, 7-4.
Washington College 3, Muhlenberg 2 (Game One)
How It Happened
- The Shorewomen got on the board in the top of the third inning when Elaina DiPrimio hit a sacrifice fly to left field, bringing home Leah Stokes. Rachel Butler then delivered an RBI single to center field, scoring Taylor Harcum to put Washington ahead 2-0.
- The Mules got a run back in the bottom of the third when Ariana Feliziani scored on a two out fielding error to cut the lead to 2-1.
- Feliziani would hit a two out RBI double to right field in the bottom of the fourth, driving in Kristina Qualben to tie the game at 2-2.
- Washington took a 3-2 lead in the top of the sixth when Kawabata hit a two out, 0-2 count single to center field, her first hit of the year, bringing home Grace Moery.
- Muhlenberg got the tying and go ahead run on in the bottom of the inning, but Kawabata got out of the inning with a fly ball to left field.
- Kawabata sat down the Mules in order in the bottom of the seventh to end the game.
For the Shorewomen (15-20 Overall, 7-8 Centennial Conference)
- Hitting: Butler (2-for-3, RBI), Moery (2-for-3, run), Kawabata (hit, RBI), Bennett (hit, walk), Harcum (hit, run), Stokes (hit, run), DiPrimio (RBI).
- Pitching: Harcum (four innings, five hits, two runs, one earned run, zero walks, five strikeouts), Kawabata (win, 1-0, three innings, one hit, zero runs, two walks, zero strikeouts).
- The Shorewomen picked up 10 hits in the win, drew one walk, and left eight runners on base.
- Washington committed two errors, leading to one unearned run for the Mules.
For Muhlenberg (12-25 Overall, 4-11 Centennial Conference)
- Hitting: Feliziani (2-for-2, double, RBI, walk, run, stolen base), Qualben (double, run), Sarah Schubert (walk, stolen base).
- Pitching: Hayley Peterson (loss, 0-5, seven innings, 10 hits, three runs, one walk, zero strikeouts).
- The Mules picked up six hits in the loss, drew a pair of walks, and left eight runners on base.
- Muhlenberg played a clean defensive game, committing zero errors.
- Kawabata's RBI single was the first RBI of her career and her fourth career hit in her fifteenth career at bat.
- Kawabata's win in relief was the second win of her career in her 48th career appearance in the circle.
Washington College 7, Muhlenberg 4 (Game Two)
How It Happened
- The Shorewomen got on the board in the top of the first when Bennett hit a bloop single to center field, bringing in Harcum. Later in the inning, Allyson Meil hit into a fielders choice with the bases loaded, and the throw home was dropped by Muhlenberg's catcher, allowing DiPrimio to score and push the lead to 2-0. Bennett would then score on a wild pitch to give the Shorewomen a 3-0 lead.
- The Mules would respond with four runs in the bottom of the first. Kristy Selby hit a single through the left side of the infield, bringing in Hanna Caiola to put the Mules on the board. Qualben then hit into a fielders choice with the bases loaded, and Haley Fedak would score on a throwing error to make it a 3-2 game. Amelia Shelley gave Muhlenberg the lead when she hit a two run single through the right side of the infield, driving in Qualben and Selby to put the Mules ahead 4-3. The Mules could have done further damage, but left two runners on base.
- Washington loaded the bases with one out in the top of the second and tied the game at 4-4 when Butler drew a bases loaded walk, forcing in Stokes. That run, however, was all that Washington would get out of the inning.
- Stokes gave the Shorewomen the lead back at 5-4 in the top of the third when she singled up the middle, driving in Moery.
- Muhlenberg got the tying run into scoring position in the bottom of the sixth, but Bennett recorded a strikeout to strand the runner.
- With two outs in the top of the seventh, Harcum would hit a two run double to right center field, driving in Moery and Meil to extend the Shorewomen's lead to 7-4.
- Muhlenberg would draw a two out walk in the bottom of the seventh inning, but would not score.
For the Shorewomen (16-20 Overall, 8-8 Centennial Conference)
- Hitting: Harcum (3-for-5, double, two RBI's, run), Bennett (2-for-4, RBI, run), Gabrielle Edwards (2-for-4), Butler (hit, RBI, walk), DiPrimio (hit, walk, run), Stokes (hit, RBI, run), Moery (two runs, stolen base).
- Pitching: Butler (one inning, four hits, four runs, three earned runs, one walk, zero strikeouts), Bennett (win, 3-2, six innings, one hit, zero runs, three walks, five strikeouts).
- The Shorewomen collected 10 hits in the win, drew a pair of walks, and left 10 runners on base.
- Washington committed one error, leading to a single unearned run for the Mules.
For Muhlenberg (12-26 Overall, 4-12 Centennial Conference)
- Hitting: Caiola (2-for-4, run), Shelley (hit, two RBI's), Selby (hit, RBI, run), Karissa Estrella (three walks), Fedak (hit, run).
- Pitching: Fedak (loss, 8-9, seven innings, 10 hits, seven runs, two earned runs, two walks, two strikeouts).
- The Mules collected five hits in the loss, drew four walks, and left six runners on base.
- Muhlenberg committed five errors, leading to five unearned runs for the Shorewomen.
- The Shorewomen have qualified for the Centennial Conference Tournament in three straight years and seven of the last eight years overall.
- This is the first ever sweep of Muhlenberg in softball in program history.
- Washington had to go 4-0 over the last two days of the season to qualify for the tournament. They got the first two wins yesterday, sweeping defending Centennial Conference champions Franklin & Marshall 6-0 in Game One and 7-3 in nine innings in Game Two courtesy of a DiPrimio walk off grand slam.
Up Next for the Shorewomen
5/4 @ Gettysburg - 2:00 p.m. (Centennial Conference Tournament)
- The Shorewomen will be the four seed in the four team tournament and will play against the host Bullets in the opener.
- McDaniel and Haverford are the other two teams in the tournament and will face each other approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the game between the Shorewomen and Bullets.
- Washington will be in search of their second Centennial Conference Championship and first since 2013.