Shorewomen Bounce Back from Loss to Clarkson with Historic Win Over Sea Gulls
SALISBURY, Md. — The Washington College softball team closed out the Sea Gull Classic with its first win over host Salisbury since 1998, breaking a 35-game losing streak in the all-time series thanks to a 9-4 victory over the Sea Gulls this afternoon. Earlier in the day, the Shorewomen lost to Clarkson, 4-0, in the Sea Gull Classic.
Clarkson 4, Washington College 0
How It Happened
- Clarkson took a 1-0 lead in the top of third thanks to a double to right center by Summer Lancette that drove in Raeanna Dunn.
- The Shorewomen threatened in the bottom of the fourth when Leah Stokes led off the inning with a triple, but Clarkson pitcher Jamie Bridge retired the next three batters in order as Stokes was stranded at third.
- Bridge singled in Lancette and Michelle Winn hit a two-run home run in the next at bat to give Clarkson a 4-0 lead in the top of the sixth.
- The Shorewomen were able to get two base runs on in both the bottom of the sixth and bottom of the seventh, but Bridge got out of both jams to preserve the shutout.
For the Shorewomen (3-4)
- Hitting: Stokes (triple); Allyson Meil (1-for-2, double); Alli Saul (1-for-2, walk)
- Pitching: Maddie Bennett (loss, 5.1 innings, 4 runs, 5 hits, 7 strikeouts, 1 walk); Milly Kawabata (1.2 innings, no runs, 1 hit, 1 strikeout)
For Clarkson (1-2)
- Hitting: Lancette (2-for-3, double, RBI, run); Winn (home run, 2 RBI, run); Dunn (1-for-3, run, walk, 3 stolen bases); Bridge (1-for-3, run, RBI)
- Pitching: Bridge (win, 7.0 innings, 0 runs, 5 hits, 8 strikeouts, 2 walks)
Washington College 9, Salisbury 4
How It Happened
- Erin Spinden hit her first career home run in the top of the first for the Shorewomen, clearing the left-field fence with a three-run shot for a 3-0 Washington lead.
- Emily Allen hit a two-run double to right field in the bottom of the first to pull the Sea Gulls back to within a run, but the Shorewomen countered in the top of the second as Rachel Butler drove in Kerri Estep with a double to left and then scored on a double down the left-field line by Taylor Harcum for a 5-2 lead.
- Allen hit a two-run home run to left field in the bottom of the third, but the Shorewomen answered in the top of the fourth with a two-run single by Elaina DiPrimio to make the score 7-4 in favor of Washington. Estep scored on an error in the top of the fifth to stretch the lead to four runs at 8-4.
- The Shorewomen tacked on a final run thanks to an RBI double by Butler in the top of the seventh.
For the Shorewomen (4-4)
- Hitting: Butler (3-for-4, 2 RBI, run, 2 doubles); Harcum (3-for-4, RBI, run, double); Estep (2-for-4, 3 runs, stolen base); Spinden (home run, 3 RBI, run); Stokes (hit, walk, two runs)
- Pitching: Harcum (win, 7 innings, 4 runs, 3 earned, 7 hits, 3 strikeouts)
For Salisbury (4-6)
- Hitting: Allen (2-for-3, 4 RBI, run, home run, double); Kristen Yanarella (2-for-4, run, double)
- Pitching: Rachael Milligan (loss, 3.2 innings, 7 runs, 9 hits, 2 strikeouts, 1 walk); Shannon Powell (3.1 innings, 2 runs, 1 earned, 5 hits, 2 strikeouts)
- The Shorewomen's last win over the Sea Gulls was a 7-2 triumph in the second game of a double-header in 1998. This was their third win ever over Salisbury in 48 all-time meetings. Their only other win was by an 11-6 count in 1996.
- Today's nine-run total for the Shorewomen was their second-highest scoring output ever against the Sea Gulls, behind that 11-6 win 21 years ago.
- Washington College head coach Lacey Lister is a 2006 graduate of Salisbury. Now in her ninth season as head coach of the Shorewomen, she entered the game 0-17 against her alma mater.
Up Next for the Shorewomen
3/8 v. Averett (2) - 2:00 p.m.
- The double-header against Averett will be the Shorewomen's home opener.