Fall to Clarkson 8-2 in Opener and Edged by Salisbury 7-6 in Finale; Stokes Tallies Personal-Highs In Hits and Runs Against Salisbury
SALISBURY, Md. – The Washington College softball team dropped a pair of games in the second and final day of the Salisbury University Softball Tournament at Salisbury University Softball Field on Sunday. The Shorewomen fell to Clarkson in the first game of the day, 8-2, and their rally fell short in the second game of the day as they lost to host Salisbury, 7-6.
Clarkson 8 Washington College 2
How It Happened
- In the top of the first inning, Clarkson took advantage of two Washington errors and a passed ball to score five unearned runs and seven total. With one out and two on, Michele Winn socked a three-run home run to centerfield to score both Hannah Bowen and Danielle Whitman to give the Golden Knights a 3-0 lead. With two away, Kayla Robert struck out, but reached first on a passed ball to keep the inning going and loaded the bases. Raeanna Dunn pushed Clarkson's lead to 6-0 when she plated both Sarah Vaccaro and Robert on a two-run base hit up the middle.
- The Shorewomen got one back in the last of the first inning when Grace Moery scored on a fielding error with two outs to trim the lead to 7-1.
- Washington got a run in the last of the fifth on a two-out single to left by Chrissy Segrest that drove in Leah Stokes from second to cut the deficit to 7-2.
- Clarkson scored on a one out double down the left field line in the top of the seventh by Kyrstin Messier to plate Winn to make it 8-2 and that provided the final margin.
For The Shorewomen (1-3)
- Hitting: Segrest (2-for-3, RBI)
- Pitching: Maddie Bennett (loss 1-2, complete game, 10 hits, eight runs, three earned, zero walks, five strikeouts)
- Washington had seven hits and left five on base as they did not draw a walk.
- The Shorewomen's two errors led to five unearned Clarkson runs.
For Clarkson (2-1)
- Hitting: Winn (2-for-4, three RBI, two runs, home run), Dunn (2-for-4, two RBI), Whitham (2-for-4, RBI, run)
- Pitching: Sam Mennig (win 1-0, six innings, seven hits, two runs, zero earned, zero walks, four strikeouts)
- The Golden Knights had 10 hits and had zero walks while leaving six stranded.
- Clarkson had two errors, leading to two unearned Washington runs.
- Washington College Director of Human Resources Carolyn Burton is an alumna of Clarkson. She played volleyball and lacrosse for the Golden Knights.
- Neither team worked out a walk in the contest.
Salisbury 7 Washington College 6
How It Happened
- Washington struck for a run in the top of the first inning on a two-out single to center by Segrest that chased in Stokes.
- In the top of the third, the Shorewomen took advantage of a Sea Gull error to plate a pair of two out runs on a double to the gap in right-center by Rachel Butler that scored Stokes and Alyssa Vieira.
- Salisbury got the first two batters on base via a pair of infield singles in the bottom of the fourth and trimmed the WC lead to 3-1 when Kaleigh Edwards scored on a one out groundout by Sami Mumford.
- The Sea Gulls got the first two on in the last of the fifth and had runners on second and third with two away, but Butler got Edwards to ground out to Stokes at second to preserve the two-run lead.
- Salisbury used a six-run bottom of the sixth to turn a 3-1 deficit into a 7-3 advantage. With runners on the corners and one away in the bottom of the sixth, Cat Ramagnano singled through the left side to plate Kendall Dixon to make it a one-run game and chased Butler from the circle as Bennett came in to pitch. The next hitter with runners on first and second, Dakotah Fraley doubled to left to drive to in both Mumford and Ramagnano to give Salisbury a 4-3 lead as Fraley took third on the throw to the plate to try to get Ramagnano. Jillian Jones knocked in Fraley on a sacrifice fly to give Salisbury a two-run edge. Two hitters later, Emily Allen doubled to right and Madiera Alexander would score all the way from first to make it 6-3 and Allen came home on a base hit to center off the bat of Edwards to cap the scoring.
- Down to its final three outs, the Shorewomen rallied to score three times before the rally fell just short. Washington would get the first two runners on in the top of the seventh and Vieira would score Stokes on an infield single to second with nobody on to cut the lead to 7-4. After a groundout put a pair of runners in scoring position, Bennett, representing the tying run, walked on four pitches to load the bases. Jenna Gordon came up as a pinch hitter, but she fouled out to Dixon at second for the second out. WC brought up another pinch hitter in Brittany Walker and singled to deep right center to drive in Caroline Braungard and Vieira to reduce the Sea Gulls' lead to one at 7-6 and Walker represented the go ahead run at first with Regan Horan coming up to the dish. However, Salisbury pitcher Shannon Powell got Horan to ground out to Amelia Trotter at first for the game's final out.
For The Shorewomen (1-4)
- Hitting: Stokes (4-for-4, three runs, career-highs in both hits and runs), Rachel DiMarcello (2-for-4), Butler and Walker (two RBI), Vieira (two runs)
- Pitching: Butler (loss 0-2, 5 1/3 innings, six hits, four runs, four earned, two walks, two strikeouts)
- Washington had 12 hits in the game, worked out three walk and left eight on base.
- The Shorewomen committed zero errors in the game.
For Salisbury (7-1)
- Hitting: Edwards (2-for-3, run, RBI), Fraley (1-for-3, two RBI, run), Alexander (two walks, run)
- Pitching: Powell (win 3-0, four innings, seven hits, three runs, three earned, one walk, two strikeouts), Jones (three innings, five hits, three runs, one earned, two walks, one strikeout)
- The Sea Gulls had nine hits, worked out three walks, had three reach via hit by pitch and left eight on base.
- Salisbury had one error in the game, leading to two WC runs.
3/6 v. #10 Randolph-Macon – 2:00 p.m. (non-conference game doubleheader)
- Home opener for Shorewomen Nine.