Shorewomen Outslug McDaniel To Earn Split As Kawabata Grabs First Career Win

Shorewomen Outslug McDaniel To Earn Split As Kawabata Grabs First Career Win

Team rebounds from Game One Loss by pounding out 11 hits in Game Two

WESTMINSTER, Md. — The Washington College softball team outlasted host McDaniel in a 9-7 slugfest to earn a split of a Centennial Conference softball doubleheader today in Westminster, Maryland. Junior pitcher Milly Kawabata (Kirkland, Wash. /Juniata) picked up her first career win in the contest in her 28th career appearance in the circle. The hosting Green Terror took Game One in a much lower scoring affair, 2-1.

McDaniel 2, Washington College 1 (Game One)

How It Happened
- McDaniel struck first in the bottom of the first inning when Payton Lewis singled to center field, bringing home Stacie Maring to give the Green Terror a 1-0 lead. McDaniel could have done more damage, but they left the bases loaded.
- The Shorewomen tied the game in the top of the fifth inning when Erin Spinden scored from second base on a throwing error to tie the game 1-1.
- The Green Terror took the lead back in the bottom of the sixth inning when Olivia Kipe hit a one out double to left center field, scoring Roxana Aviles to give McDaniel a 2-1 lead. 
- Washington got a two out runner on first base in the top of the seventh inning, but could not score. 

For the Shorewomen (15-14, 4-3 CC)
- Hitting: Spinden (2-for-3, double, run).
- Pitching: Taylor Harcum (loss, 7-6, complete game, five hits, two runs, one walk, seven strikeouts).
- The Shorewomen were held to just four hits in the loss, drew only one walk, and left two runners on base.
- Washington played a clean defensive game, committing zero errors.

For McDaniel (12-8-1, 6-0-1 CC)
- Hitting: Lewis (3-for-3, RBI, stolen base), Kipe (double, RBI), Maring (walk, run scored).
- Pitching: Jamie Weisser (win, 5-1, six innings, three hits, one unearned run, one walk, one strikeout), Valerie Lamb (save, 1, one inning, one hit, zero runs, zero walks, zero strikeouts).
- The Green Terror picked up just five hits in the win, also drew only one walk, and left five runners on base.
- McDaniel committed a single error, and it led to the only run for Washington.

Notes
- This is the fourth time this season Harcum has struck out seven batters in a game, which equals her season high.

Washington College 9, McDaniel 7 (Game Two)

How It Happened
- The Shorewomen grabbed the lead with three runs in the top of the first inning. An Elaina DiPrimio one out double to left field scored Allyson Meil to give Washington a 1-0 lead. Spinden then hit a two out single to right field to drive home DiPrimio and push the lead to 2-0. Spinden would cap the inning by scoring on a fielding error to give Washington a 3-0 lead.
- McDaniel responded quickly by taking the lead with four runs in the bottom of the first. Lewis singled to left field to score Maring, followed by a Tayler Hishon sacrifice fly to left field, which scored Lindsey Miller to cut the lead to 3-2. Kipe then singled to left field, bringing home Lewis to tie the game 3-3. Haley Michael then gave the Green Terror a 4-3 lead with another sacrifice fly to left field, bringing home Kipe.
- McDaniel had a golden opportunity to add to the lead in the bottom of the second inning by loading the bases with nobody out, but Kawabata entered the game and retired the next three batters, two by way of strikeout, to strand the bases loaded and keep the Green Terror off the scoreboard. 
- The Shorewomen scored twice in the top of the third inning to take the lead. Spinden singled through the right side of the infield, scoring DiPrimio to tie the game 4-4. Spinden was then caught stealing second base, but Maddie Bennett came home to score from third on the play to give Washington a 5-4 lead.
- The Green Terror took advantage of a pair of Washington fielding errors to take the lead in the bottom of the fourth. Maring reached on a dropped fly ball to center field, which also counts as a sacrifice fly, scoring Michael from third to tie the game at 5. Hishon then singled up the middle to drive home Aviles and give McDaniel a 6-5 lead after three innings.
- Washington would then take advantage of a McDaniel error to score three unearned runs and take the lead for good in the top of the fourth. Kerri Estep scored from second base on a muffed throw to tie the game 6-6, and Harcum would then single to right center field, scoring Meil, to give the Shorewomen the lead back at 7-6. Bennett then followed with a double to center field, bringing home Harcum to push the lead to 8-6.
- Washington extended the lead to 9-6 in the top of the fifth inning when Meil drew a bases loaded walk, scoring Kerrigan Buck. The Shorewomen missed a chance to add further to the lead by leaving the bases loaded.
- McDaniel would take advantage of another Shorewomen error to cut the lead to 9-7 in the bottom of the fifth inning when Lewis singled through the left side of the infield, driving in Morgan Scardina.
- The Green Terror had the first two batters reach base in the bottom of the sixth, but Harcum came into the game and retired the next three batters to end the threat.
- McDaniel got a runner on with two outs and got the potential tying run to the plate in the bottom of the seventh, but Harcum got Kipe to ground out to shortstop to end the game.  

For the Shorewomen (16-14, 5-3 CC)
- Hitting: Spinden (2-for-4, two RBI's, run), Bennett (2-for-3, two doubles, RBI, walk, run), DiPrimio (double, RBI, two runs), Meil (hit, RBI, walk, two runs), Harcum (hit, RBI, run), Estep (hit, walk, run).
- Pitching: Bennett (one inning plus, six hits, four runs, three earned, one walk, zero strikeouts), Kawabata (win, 1-0, two innings, one hit, two unearned runs, three walks, two strikeouts), Rachel Butler (two innings, four hits, one unearned run, one walk, one strikeout), Harcum (save, 1, two innings, one hit, zero runs, zero walks, two strikeouts).
- The Shorewomen picked up 11 hits in the win, drew four walks, and left seven runners on base.
- Washington committed four errors, leading to four unearned McDaniel runs.

For McDaniel (12-9-1, 6-1-1 CC)
- Hitting: Lewis (2-for-3, two RBI's, two walks, run), Hishon (2-for-4, two RBI's), Maring (2-for-4, RBI, run), Miller (2-for-3, run), Megan Coyle (2-for-3, walk), Kipe (hit, walk, run), Michael (RBI, walk, run).
- Pitching: Fiona Johnson (loss, 3-3, four innings, eight hits, eight runs, three earned, one walk, two strikeouts), Lamb (two innings, two hits, one run, three walks, zero strikeouts), Cassie Rickrode (one inning, one hit, zero runs, zero walks, one strikeout).
- The Green Terror picked up 12 hits in the loss, drew five walks, and left 11 runners on base.
- McDaniel committed three errors, leading to five unearned Shorewomen runs.

Notes
- Kawabata picks up her first career win in her 28th career appearance in the circle.
- Bennett's two doubles today give her 12 on the season, the most in the Centennial Conference, and 25 for her career, moving her into a tie for 8th place on the Shorewomen career doubles list. April Podolinsky '00 and Amanda Campbell '08 also had 25 doubles in their careers.
- Bennett (19) and Spinden (18) now sit second and third in the Centennial in RBI's this season.
- The Shorewomen handed McDaniel their first conference loss of the season with the win. 

Up Next for the Shorewomen
4/11 v. Swarthmore- 3:00 p.m. (Centennial Conference double-header)
- The Shorewomen swept last season's double header with the Garnet 9-1 and 5-0 and have won eight of the last ten meetings.