CHESTERTOWN, Md. -- Visiting Alvernia University picked up a pair of shutout wins by pitchers Brianna Fisher and Taylor Fouracre over host Washington College in a non-conference double-header this afternoon in Chestertown. The Crusaders (6-4) won the first game, 2-0, in eight innings, and took the second, 4-0.
In the first game, Alvernia had runners on second and third with one out in the second before Washington senior Kristin Cooper (Georgetown, Del./Sussex Central) struck out the next two batters to end the inning. The Shorewomen's best chance for a run came in the bottom of the sixth when they had runners on first and second with one one and runners on second and third with two outs before Fisher got freshman Hannah Spohn (Port Orchard, Wash./South Kitsap) to pop up to second base to end the frame. Amanda Turner provided all of the offense needed in the top of the eighth with a one-out, two-run home run to center field.
Fisher allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out two batters in her eight shutout innings. Aly Shilling had the only other extra-base hit in the opener besides Turner's home run, doubling in the second.
Cooper took the loss despite allowing just one earned run on four hits and five walks while striking out nine batters in eight innings. Senior Suzanne Patinella (Fallston, Md./Maryvale Prep) reached base safely twice for the Shorewomen, drawing a pair of walks.
In the top of the second inning in game two, Mckenzie Miessau doubled in Shilling with one out to put Alvernia in front, 1-0. The Crusaders added three more in the third. Berndatte Carey scored all the way from first when a sacrifice attempt by Brianna DePriest led to three Washington errors. Felicia McKenna then doubled in DePriest and later scored on a sacrifice bunt by Shannon Grim.
Fouracre allowed just four Washington hits and did not walk a batter while striking out three in her seven innings of shutout pitching in game two. Carey was 2-for-3 at the plate in the win for the Crusaders.
Freshman Taylor Harcum (Hebron, Md./Mardela) took the game two loss for the Shorewomen, allowing four runs, two of them earned, on four hits while striking out three batters in three innings of work. Junior Sydnee Schorr (Easton, Md./Easton) pitched four shutout innings in relief, striking out five batters and allowing three hits. A double by Harcum in the bottom of the second was the Shorewomen's lone extra-base hit of the afternoon.
The Shorewomen open Centennial Conference play Tuesday with a 3:00 p.m. home double-header against Haverford.