Shorewomen 50-50 With Cougars In Twinbill Split

Shorewomen 50-50 With Cougars In Twinbill Split

Bennett Strikes Out Eight In Game Two Win

CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Visiting Averett and host Washington College split a non-conference softball doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon at Washington College Softball Field.  The Cougars won game one, 4-3, while the Shorewomen took game two, 4-2, in six innings in a game that was called early due to darkness.  It was the home opener for the Shorewomen.

Averett 4 Washington College 3 (Game 1)

How It Happened
- The Cougars got a leadoff home run from Jessica Long as she hit an 0-2 pitch over the left field fence to give Averett a quick 1-0 lead. 
- Averett plated a two-out run in the top of the third when Kaitlyn Aherron ripped a double to the gap in left-center field to score Long to make it 2-0.  Earlier in the inning, Taylor Hodges tried to score from second on a base hit to left by Long, but Erin Spinden was able to throw out Hodges at the plate from left with Allyson Meil applying the tag just before Hodges got to home plate for the first out of the frame.
- Washington got on the board in the last of the third when Kerri Estep scored from third on a one out wild pitch.
- The Shorewomen tied the game in the bottom of the fourth inning with a run after two were retired.  Alli Saul singled to center to score Rachel Butler who began the rally with a single through the right side.  The next batter Meil hit a pop fly to shallow left-center, but the ball was grabbed on a sliding catch by Hodges to leave the bases loaded.
- WC had runners at second and third with one out in the bottom of the sixth, but Averett pitcher Taylor Bailey got a strikeout and pop out to keep the game tied at 2-2.
- Averett's winning rally began with two outs and nobody on in the top of the seventh.  Essence Pulliam was hit on a 1-1 pitch and then would steal second base.  On a 2-2 pitch, Hodges singled up the middle as the ball as the ball went off of edge of Taylor Harcum's glove in the circle to chase home Pulliam for the go ahead run.  Hodges would score the insurance run on a bases loaded walk to Aherron.
- In the last of the seventh, the Shorewomen had runners on second and third with nobody out.   Kerrigan Buck plated Meil on an RBI groundout to cut the deficit to 4-3.  With one out, Spinden dropped a squeeze bunt to try to score Leah Stokes from third, but Bailey got the ball and tossed it to Mackenzie Barrett who tagged Stokes just before she touch home for the second out.  Bailey ended the game when she got Maddie Bennett to ground out to Nicole Cauthen at first for the final out. 

For The Shorewomen (4-5)
-Hitting: Butler (2-for-3, run), Elaina DiPrimio (2-for-3), Estep (reached base twice, run scored and stolen base).
-Pitching: Harcum (loss 3-2, complete game, seven hits, four runs, four earned, three walks, seven strikeouts to tie career-highs)
-Washington committed zero errors.
-The Shorewomen had seven hits and drew three walks in the game.

For The Cougars (11-10)
-Hitting: Long (2-for-2, two runs, two walks, home run and double), Aherron (two RBI, double, walk), Hodges (2-for-3, run, RBI)
-Pitching: Bailey (win 6-5, complete game, seven hits, three runs, three earned, three walks and one strikeout)
-Averett did not commit an error, while working out seven hits.
-The Cougars had seven hits, drew three walks and had one players hit by a pitch.

Notes
- The Cougars left six on base, while the Shorewomen left seven on base.
- Butler was named the Goose Nation TV Shorewomen Player of the Game during the broadcast.

Washington College 4 Averett 2 (Game 2)

How It Happened
- Washington scored a two-out run in the last of the first when Spinden doubled to right to chase in Stokes from second for the game's opening run.
- The Shorewomen netted a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the second to push their lead to 3-0.  Meil dropped down a bunt and beat the throw at first to score Bennett to make it 2-0 with two away.  On the play, the throw got away at first and it allowed Estep to score from second to give the hosts a three-run cushion.
- Aherron got the Cougars on the board in the top of the third with a two-run two-bagger down the left field line to score both Hodges and Long to trim the lead to 3-2.
- Washington answered with a run in the last of the fourth when Bennett scored on an RBI groundout by Saul.
- The Cougars had runners with second and third in the top of the fifth with one out, but Bennett got back-to-back strikeouts to keep Averett off the scoreboard.
- In the last of the fifth, the Shorewomen had runners on second and third with nobody out, but could not extend the lead as they failed to score.
- Averett was retired in order in the sixth by Bennett as the game was called after the top of the sixth was completed due to darkness.

For The Shorewomen (5-5)
- Hitting: Stokes (2-for-3, run), Meil (2-for-3, RBI), Bennett (1-for-2, two runs)
- Pitching: Bennett (win 2-2, complete game, two runs, two earned, five hits, two walks, eight strikeouts)
- The Shorewomen had seven hits in the game.
- WC had one error in the field, but did not lead to an Averett run.

For Averett (11-11)
- Hitting: Samantha Hall (2-for-2), Long (1-for-2, run, walk), Aherron (two RBI)
- Pitching: Amanda Wright (complete game, five innings, seven hits, four runs, two earned, no walks, one strikeout)
- The Cougars had five hits and worked out two walks in the second game.
- Averett committed two errors in the field and led to a pair of Washington runs.

Notes
- Bennett, who had a season-high eight strikeouts for Washington, was named was named the Goose Nation TV Shorewomen Player of the Game during the broadcast.
- Bennett's eight punchouts were the most by a WC pitcher this season.
- WC left four on base, while Averett left five.
- The teams combined for seven steals as Washington swiped four bases and Averett stole three.
- It was Washington's first home opener that happened prior to spring break since 2008.

Up Next
3/12 v. Transylvania – 1:30 p.m. (Rebel Spring Games – Kissimmee, Fla.)
3/12 v. Skidmore – 3:45 p.m. (Rebel Spring Games – Kissimmee, Fla.)
- Team's first two games in Kissimmee, Fla.
- Transylvania is located in Lexington, Ky. and Skidmore is located in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.