Fall To Host William Peace 5-4 and Greensboro 8-4
CARY, N.C. – The Washington College softball team dropped a pair of games in the second day of the Grand Slam Triangle Classic at Thomas Brooks Park on Sunday. The Shorewomen fell in their morning contest to William Peace, 5-4, and were downed by Greensboro in the afternoon affair, 8-4.
William Peace 5 Washington College 4
How It Happened
- Washington wasted little time getting on the scoreboard plating a pair of first inning runs to take a 2-0 lead. With one away, Maddie Bennett smacked a double to left-center to plate Regan Horan and two batters later Alli Saul drove in Elaina DiPrimio on a base hit.
- Bennett drove in her second of the game with a two-out RBI two-bagger to right-center to chase home Leah Stokes to make it 3-0 in the top of the second.
- The Pacers scored three times in the last of the third inning to tie the game. With one out, Lindsey Wiggins doubled home both Madison Tucker and Morgan Farmer to trim the lead to 3-2. William Peace would knot the game at 3-3 when Wiggins scored on a triple by Kacy Haithcock.
- The Pacers had runners on the corners with two outs following a pair of WC errors in the last of the fourth, but Bennett got Mangum to ground out to Stokes at shortstop to keep the game tied. In the top of the fifth, WC had runners on second and third with two away, but Lilianna Berber got Stokes to ground out to her to end the threat.
- In the last of the fifth the Shorewomen got out of a two on, nobody out jam with a triple play. William Peace had runners on first and second with Haithcock at the plate. Haithcock hit a liner that Bennett snagged in the circle for the first out. Bennett threw the ball to DiPrimio in center who then got the ball to Kerri Estep to get Jordan Byrd out for the second out. Estep then got the ball to Horan who got Heather McLean out to complete the triple play.
- In the top half of the sixth with two away, Bennett kept the frame alive with a double and scored on Erin Spinden's single to give the Shorewomen a 4-3 lead.
- In the bottom of the sixth, Courtney Smith tied the game when she scored on a base hit up the middle by Kelsey Durham with nobody out to tie the game at 4-4. With two outs, Caylan Harrison scored on a wild pitch to put the Pacers ahead 5-4 and it proved to be the game-winning run. Both runs in the inning were unearned.
- WC went three up and three down in the top of the seventh to end the game against Durham.
For The Shorewomen (2-1)
-Hitting: Bennett (3-for-4, three doubles, two RBI), DiPrimio (two walks)
-Pitching: Taylor Harcum (loss 1-1, two unearned runs), Bennett (five innings, five hits, three runs, one walk, five strikeouts)
-Washington had eight hits in the game, four of them doubles, but in the field committed three errors that led to four unearned runs.
For William Peace (6-7)
-Hitting: Wiggins (two RBI, one hit and one walk), three runs, two walks and two hits), Haithcock (RBI triple)
- Pitching: Berber (win 1-1, 4.1 innings, three hits, one run, three walks and four strikeouts), Durham (save 1, one inning with two strikeouts)
- The Pacers had six hits and one error in the game.
- It was the third all-time meeting between the Shorewomen and Pacers as the Shorewomen won 7-2 in 2013 and the Pacers won 11-4 last season.
- Bennett is the first WC player to hit three doubles in a game this century.
Greensboro 8 Washington College 4
How It Happened
- The Pride got onto the scoreboard in the top of the first inning with three runs to take a 3-0 lead with all the runs coming with two outs. Melissa Garcia scored on a single down the left field line by Hayley Rumsey to make it 1-0. Three batters later, Hayley Tickle plated Rumsey to make it 2-0 and then Cassie Collins came home on a throwing error to cap the three-run outburst.
- Washington got one back in the bottom of the first when Allyson Meil scored on a fielding error by Greensboro with one away.
- Greensboro pushed its lead to 6-1 with three unearned runs aided by two WC errors. Ciarra Nelson came home on a fielding error with nobody out to make it 4-1. Brittany Rush came home on a one out sacrifice fly by Rumsey to make it 5-1 and with two outs Collins singled to center to score Garcia to make it a five-run lead.
- Gabrielle Edwards hit her first career home run, a solo shot to left with one away in the bottom of the second to trim the lead to 6-2.
- The Pride added single runs in the top of the third and fourth innings to extend their lead to 8-2. Rush's single to right-center with one out in the third chased in Madison Crisco and Rumsey led off the top of the fourth with a homer to left to give Greensboro a six-run cushion.
- In the last of the seventh, Bennett doubled to right-center with one away to score Rachel Butler and Stokes for a pair of unearned runs. But Greensboro pitcher Maddy Wetherholt struck out the next two hitters to end the game.
For The Shorewomen (2-2)
-Hitting: Bennett (2-for-4, two RBI), Edwards (home run)
-Pitching: Butler (loss 0-1, one inning-plus, six runs, two earned, one walk, zero strikeouts) Harcum (five innings, five hits, two runs, two walks, five strikeouts)
-Washington had seven hits in the loss, while committing four errors in the field which led to four Greensboro runs.
For Greensboro (5-5)
-Hitting: Rumsey (2-for-3, three RBI, two runs, home run), Rush (3-for-5 and a walk), Collins (2-for-3), Garcia (two runs)
-Pitching: Wetherholt (win 2-2, complete game, four runs, one earned on seven hits, walking none and fanning seven)
-The Pride had 10 hits in the win and won despite committing five errors.
- It was the first meeting between the two colleges.
- Bennett had seven RBI in the four games this weekend as she hit .429.
3/4 @ Salisbury – 12:00 p.m. (non-conference game)
3/4 v. Clarkson – 2:00 p.m. (non-conference game)
- Both games part of the Sea Gull Classic hosted by Salisbury.