Helping Your Own Cause – Bennett Delivers Walk-Off Hit as Pitcher Helps Shorewomen Complete Sweep of Mules

Helping Your Own Cause – Bennett Delivers Walk-Off Hit as Pitcher Helps Shorewomen Complete Sweep of Mules

Washington Wins Game One, 9-3, and Game Two, 4-3, For First-Ever Home Sweep of Muhlenberg

CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Senior pitcher Maddie Bennett (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) helped her own cause with a walk-off base hit to centerfield to score sophomore Brittany Walker (Jefferson, Md./Brunswick) with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning in game two to give host Washington College a 4-3 win over visiting Muhlenberg and a sweep of the Centennial Conference softball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at the Washington College Softball Field.  The Shorewomen won the first game by a 9-3 margin.  The Shorewomen improve to 10-20-1 overall and 3-6-1 in the Centennial, while the Mules fall to 18-14 and 3-7 respectively.  The Shorewomen swept Muhlenberg for the second straight season and at home for the first-time in team history. 

Washington College 9 Muhlenberg 3 (Game 1)

How It Happened
- Washington took the lead for good with a four-run bottom of the second inning.  With nobody out, Grace Moery singled through the right side for the game's first run.  The next hitter, Alyssa Vieira worked out a bases loaded walk to force in Amelia Mazza to give WC a 2-0 lead.  Two hitters later with the bases loaded and one away, Megan Robbins was plunked and that forced in Moery to make it 3-0.  The four-run frame were capped on a sacrifice fly to right by Rachel DiMarcello that scored Vieira.
- Muhlenberg scored twice to trim the lead to 4-2 in the top of the third.  With one away, Sarah Karmazyn hit a sac fly to right to plate Kristina Qualben for the Mules' first run.  With two away and the sacks packed, Genna Cicchetti drew a bases loaded walk to score Allyson Sweeney.
- The Mules trimmed the lead to 4-3 in the top of the fifth on a two-out bases loaded walk to Natalie Smith that plated Kristy Selby to cut the lead to one.  However, Washington pitcher Rachel Butler got Ariana Feliziani to hit into a fielder's choice to end the threat and preserve the lead.
- In the bottom half of the fifth, Washington busted the game open with five runs after two outs were recorded.  Vieira doubled to left to score both Mazza and Moery to make it 6-3.  Three hitters later and with the bases loaded, DiMarcello was hit and Vieira scored to give the hosts a four-run edge.  The next batter, Kerrigan Buck singled through the left side to drive in both Leah Stokes and Robbins to complete the five-run outburst.  

For the Shorewomen (9-20-1, 2-6-1 CC)
- Hitting: Stokes (3-for-4, run), Vieira (three RBI, two runs, double walk), Buck and DiMarcello (two RBI), Mazza and Moery (two runs)
- Pitching: Rachel Butler (win 4-9, complete game seven-hitter, three runs, one earned, three walks, seven strikeouts)
- Washington committed one error, but leading to two Muhlenberg runs.
- The Shorewomen had nine hits, had three players get hit by pitch and drew six walks in the game, while leaving 10 on base.

For Muhlenberg (18-13, 3-6 CC)
- Hitting: Sarah Raab (3-for-3)
- Pitching: Sophie Chong (loss 6-7, 2 1/3 innings, five hits, four runs, four earned, three walks, zero strikeouts)
- Muhlenberg committed one error in the loss, but did not lead to any unearned runs for WC.
- The Mules drew three walks, had three hitters reach via hit by pitch and tallied seven hits, stranding 10 runners on base.

Notes
- Vieira was named the Goose Nation TV Shorewomen Player of the Game during the broadcast.
- The Shorewomen won their first home game over the Mules since a 4-3 10-inning win in game one of the doubleheader on April 2, 2011.  Muhlenberg won the next seven over Washington in Chestertown until game one today.

Washington College 4 Muhlenberg 3 (Game 2)

How It Happened
- Muhlenberg took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a two-out, two-base hit to left by Karmazyn that scored Sweeney.
- The score would stay 1-0 until the top of the third when Selby singled to center with two away to plate both Raab and Karmazyn to give the guests a 3-0 advantage. 
- The lead would not last long as Washington scored three times in the bottom of the third.  With nobody out, DiMarcello tripled down the right field line to score both Stokes and Robbins.  DiMarcello would score two batters later on a single to center by Alli Saul
- In the bottom of the seventh, Walker drew a one out base on balls and took second on a wild pitch.  With two outs, Bennett singled to center and Walker dove across home plate for the walk-off run.

For The Shorewomen (10-20-1, 3-6-1 CC)
- Hitting: DiMarcello (1-for-3, two RBI, triple, run, walk), Robbins (2-for-4, run), Bennett (2-for-4, RBI), Moery (2-for-3), Walker (two walks, run)
- Pitching: Maddie Bennett (win 6-10, complete game seven-hitter, three runs, three earned, zero walks, two strikeouts)
- The Shorewomen had eight hits, had a pair get on via hit by pitch and worked out five walks in the game as they left nine on base.
- WC had no errors in the field.

For Muhlenberg (18-14, 3-7 CC)
- Hitting: Karmazyn (2-for-3, run, RBI), Selby (two RBI)
- Pitching: Cora Bridges (loss 10-6, complete game, eight hits, four runs, four earned, five walks, seven strikeouts)
- The Mules had seven hits, had one runner get on via hit by pitch and did not have a walk as they left six stranded on the basepaths.
- Muhlenberg did not commit an error in the nightcap.

Notes
- Bennett was named the Goose Nation TV Shorewomen Player of the Game during the broadcast.
- Washington has now won four straight over Muhlenberg for the first time and have back-to-back sweeps of the Mules, the first two sweeps of Muhlenberg in program history.

Up Next
4/17 @ Immaculata (2) – 3:00 p.m. (Non-Conference Twinbill)
- The Shorewomen and Mighty Macs split a doubleheader last season in Chestertown.