Harcum Tosses The Shutout In Game One and Bennett Blanks Swarthmore In Game Two
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Host Washington College shut out visiting Swarthmore in both ends of a Centennial Conference softball doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon at Washington College Softball Field. The Shorewomen took game one in five innings, 8-0, due to the eight-run rule and captured game two, 2-0.
Washington College 8 Swarthmore 0 (Game 1 – Five Innings)
How It Happened
- The Shorewomen struck for a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning, both coming with one out. Rachel Butler doubled down the left field line to score Erin Spinden from second for the game's first run. On the play, Butler advanced to third on a fielding miscue. Butler scored when the next batter, Kerrigan Buck singled up the middle to give WC a 2-0 lead.
- In the last of the third, Taylor Harcum scored on a fielding miscue by Swarthmore with two outs to push the Shorewomen lead to 3-0.
- Swarthmore got its first hit against Washington in 10 1/3 innings when Marit Vike singled down the left field line leading off the top of the fourth. She tried to stretch it into a double, but was thrown out at second on a throw from Spinden in left field. It was the Garnet's first hit against the Shorewomen since an Emily Barranca single with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning in game one of the doubleheader on April 21, 2016 in a game Washington won 9-1 in five innings due to the eight-run rule.
- Washington extended its lead to 4-0 in the last of the fourth when Butler singled to left-center to score Alli Saul.
- The Garnet got the first two runners on in the top of the fifth on back-to-back singles up the middle, but Harcum retired the next three batters via swinging strikeouts to preserve the shutout. Her final strikeout of the frame on Swarthmore's Hannah Thompson gave her a career-high nine punchouts.
- Washington plated four runs in the bottom of the fifth to end the game. Allyson Meil scored on a fielding error to make it 5-0 with nobody out. With one out, Elaina DiPrimio scored on an RBI groundout by Saul to push the lead to 6-0. The Shorewomen clinched the victory with two outs when Butler singled up the middle to score both Maddie Bennett and Spinden.
For The Shorewomen (17-14, 6-3 CC)
-Hitting: Butler (3-for-3, game-best four RBI), Spinden (2-for-3, two runs), DiPrimio and Harcum (2-for-3)
-Pitching: Harcum (win 8-6, complete game, four hits, zero runs and walks, nine strikeouts)
-Washington committed zero errors.
-The Shorewomen had 12 hits and did not draw a walk in the game.
For Swarthmore (10-13, 1-6 CC)
- Hitting: Vike, Elizabeth Curcio, Kennedy Kings and Sara Planthaber (1-for2)
- Pitching: Mary Olesnavich (loss 1-2, four innings, seven hits, four runs, three earned, zero walks, two strikeouts)
- Swarthmore had four errors, leading to one Washington run.
- The Garnet had four hits and drew zero walks.
- Butler was named the Goose Nation TV Shorewomen Player of the Game during the broadcast as she set a career-high in RBI with four.
- The Garnet left three on base, while the Shorewomen left just one on base.
- Harcum's previous high in strikeouts was eight versus Mount St. Joseph on March 13, 2015.
- It was the team's second win this season via the eight-run rule. The first one came on March 12 in an 8-0 victory over Skidmore in Florida.
Washington College 2 Swarthmore 0 (Game 2)
How It Happened
- Swarthmore got the first two runners of the game on base via a pair of singles in the top of the first inning and had runners on second and third with one out, but Bennett got out of the inning with a strikeout and a foul pop out to keep the Garnet off the scoreboard.
- Washington got the only offense of game two on a two-run home run over the right field fence by Elaina DiPrimio to give the Shorewomen a 2-0 lead with one out. Scoring ahead of DiPrimio was Harcum.
- In the top of the fifth, Vike got her third hit of the game on a base hit that hit the third base bag. Kerri Estep was able to snag the ricochet of the ball in the air and was able to tag out Hannah Thompson who was trying to get back to third after she had rounded third.
- The Garnet got the leadoff runner on base in the top of the seventh as Planthaber reached on an error. Bennett however would retire the next three Swarthmore hitters and struck out Gabriella Natoli swinging to end the game and the doubleheader.
For The Shorewomen (18-14, 7-3 CC)
- Hitting: DiPrimio (two-run home run)
- Pitching: Bennett (win 9-7, complete game, five hits, zero runs, zero walks, four strikeouts)
- The Shorewomen had four hits in the game and worked out three walks.
- WC had one error in the field, but it did not lead to a Swarthmore run.
For Swarthmore (10-14, 1-7 CC)
- Hitting: Vike (3-for-3, two stolen bases)
- Pitching: Emily Bowman (loss 4-4, complete game, four hits, two runs, two earned, three walks, seven strikeouts)
- The Garnet had five hits and did not register a walk in the second game.
- Swarthmore committed zero errors in the field.
- The visitors stole four bases in game two.
- Bennett was named was named the Goose Nation TV Shorewomen Player of the Game during the broadcast.
- WC left five on base, while Swarthmore left four.
- The Shorewomen swept their first conference doubleheader via shutouts in both ends of the twinbill since taking a pair of 8-0 games against Ursinus on April 1, 2014 and for the third time overall. On March 23, 2013, WC swept Franklin & Marshall by scores of 9-0 and 5-0 respectively.
- Bennett and Harcum did not walk a Swarthmore hitter in the twinbill.
- Shorewomen pitching has not allowed a run to the Garnet in the past 23 1/3 innings, dating back to the bottom of the first inning of game one on April 21, 2016 at Swarthmore. WC has not allowed an earned run to Swarthmore in 24 innings, dating back to game two on April 16, 2014.
4/14 v. Dickinson – 3:00 p.m. (Centennial Conference Doubleheader)
- The Shorewomen and Red Devils split a twinbill last year on April 10 in Carlisle, Pa.