Robbins Extends Hitting Streak to Seven Games
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Visiting Swarthmore downed host Washington College, 4-2, in the first game of a Centennial Conference softball doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon at the Washington College Softball Field. The second game between the Shorewomen and Garnet was called due to darkness in the top of the 10th inning tied at 3-3 and resumed the next day at Haverford as the Garnet scored twice in the top of the 10th inning to come away with a 5-3 win. The Garnet are now 20-11 overall and 8-5 in the conference, while the Shorewomen are 10-27 and 3-11 respectively. The second game was resumed today due to the conference rule of all tied games must have a winner determined if it impacts qualification or hosting rights for the Centennial Conference Tournament.
Swarthmore 4 Washington College 2 (Game 1)
How It Happened
- Swarthmore took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning just two hitters into the game as Mika Maenaga hit a two-run home run over the right field fence as Merit Vike scored ahead of her.
- Two innings later in the top of the third, Gabriella Natoli bunted to the pitcher on a squeeze play with Gwen Glatz beating the throw home to push the advantage to 3-0 with nobody out.
- Vike scored on a double steal as Glatz took second with two away in the top of the fourth to give the Garnet a four-run advantage.
- In the bottom of the sixth, Rachel DiMarcello hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Grace Moery with one away to get WC on the board. The next batter with two outs, Maddie Bennett, smoked a double down the left field line to score Megan Robbins all the way from first base to trim the lead to 4-2. Following a base hit by Alli Saul, who took second on the throw back to the infield, the Shorewomen had her at second base and Bennett at third for Rachel Butler who represented the go ahead run. But Swarthmore pitcher Madison Bowe got Butler to ground out to Laura Hirai at second to end the frame.
- Alyssa Vieira reached on a two out throwing error by Swarthmore in the bottom of the seventh to keep the game alive for Washington. Moery worked out a four-pitch walk to bring Robbins to the dish as the winning run, but Bowe got her to ground out to Hirai to end the contest.
For the Shorewomen (10-25-1, 3-9-1 CC)
- Hitting: Bennett (2-for-3, RBI), Vieira (2-for-4)
- Pitching: Rachel Butler (loss 4-12, complete game 10-hitter, four runs, four earned, three walks, three strikeouts)
- Washington committed zero errors.
- The Shorewomen had seven hits and drew one walk in the game, while leaving seven on base.
For Swarthmore (19-11, 7-5 CC)
- Hitting: Vike (2-for-4, two runs, three steals), Maenaga (home run, two RBI), Glatz (2-for-2, two walks, run, two steals), Bowe (2-for-3)
- Pitching: Bowe (win 7-4, complete game, seven hits, two runs, two earned, one walk, one strikeout)
- Swarthmore committed three errors in the win, but did not lead to any unearned runs for WC.
- The Garnet, who stole six bases in the win, drew three walks and tallied 10 hits, stranding eight runners on base.
- Bennett was named the Goose Nation TV Shorewomen Player of the Game during the broadcast.
Swarthmore 5 Washington College 3 (Game 2 – 10 Innings)
How It Happened
- The two teams resumed at Haverford on Wednesday following the Shorewomen's contest with the Fords with Mika Maenaga on third base and nobody out in the top of the tenth inning as the game halted due to darkness in Chestertown at this point yesterday. Gabriella Natoli snapped a 3-3 tie with one out single to left-center to drive in Maenaga and Kalli Segel to give the Garnet a 5-3 lead. Maenaga started the frame at second base due to the International Tiebreaker Rule which starts in the 10th inning in conference contests.
- In the bottom of the 10th, Megan Robbins was placed at second for Washington, but never advanced as Swarthmore pitcher Gwen Glatz retired WC in order to end the contest.
- Washington took a quick 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning as Robbins singled up the middle to score Vieira with one away as Robbins pushed her hitting streak to seven consecutive games. The Shorewomen got a second run as Robbins scored on a sacrifice fly to left by Saul.
- Saul got her second RBI of the game on a one out base hit to single that scored Robbins in the bottom of the third to give the Shorewomen a 3-0 advantage.
- Swarthmore got two runs in the top of the fourth to cut the hosts' lead to 3-2. Maenaga singled through the right side with nobody out to score Merit Vike for the Garnet's first run and with one away, Natoli hit a sacrifice fly to center to plate Maenaga.
- In the top of the sixth, Segel doubled down the right field line with one away to score Maenaga to level the game at 3-3.
- Washington got two runners on in the bottom of the seventh, but a double play ended the threat for the hosts.
- The Garnet got runners on second and third in the top of the ninth with two outs, but failed to score.
- Game was called one batter into the top of the 10th due to darkness.
For The Shorewomen (10-27, 3-11 CC)
- Hitting: Robbins (2-for-4, two runs), Rachel DiMarcello (2-for-5), Saul (1-for-3, two RBI)
- Pitching: Maddie Bennett (4 2/3 innings, four hits, two runs, two earned, one walk, one strikeout), Butler (loss 4-14, 5 1/3 innings, five hits, three runs, two earned, one walk, six strikeouts)
- The Shorewomen had eight hits and worked out three walks in the game as they left 10 on base.
- WC had two errors in the field, but did not lead to a Swarthmore run.
For Swarthmore (20-11, 8-5 CC)
- Hitting: Vike (2-for-4, run), Maenaga (2-for-5, two runs), Elizabeth Curcio (2-for-4), Natoli (2-for-3, three RBI)
- Pitching: Lucy Decker (2 1/3 innings, five hits, three runs, three earned, two walks, zero strikeouts), Gwen Glatz (win 7-2, 7 2/3 innings, three hits, zero runs, one walk, two strikeouts in relief)
- The Garnet had nine hits, had three runners get on via hit by pitch and had two walks as they left 10 stranded on the basepaths.
- Swarthmore had three errors, but did not lead to a Washington run.
- Saul was named the Goose Nation TV Shorewomen Player of the Game during the broadcast.
4/24 @ Haverford – 4:30 p.m. (Centennial Conference Game to break tie from game two on April 2)
- Due to potential Centennial Conference Tournament implications, the Haverford College and Washington College softball teams will resume a game that currently stands as a tie through five innings tomorrow afternoon at Haverford. The game was stopped due to darkness with the score tied at 4-4 after five innings back on April 2nd. Haverford is currently in first place in the conference standings, but currently has two ties in conference games (the other is with Gettysburg). By conference rule, tied games must have a winner determined if it impacts qualification or hosting rights for the Centennial Conference Tournament.