Cooper With Nine Strikeouts and Allows Just Two Hits In Game One Win
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Host Washington College held visiting Dickinson to just one run in a Centennial Conference softball doubleheader sweep on Saturday afternoon at Washington College Softball Field. The Shorewomen blanked the Red Devils, 5-0, in the first game and downed the guests, 8-1, in the second contest. The Shorewomen improve to 7-11 on the year and 2-4 in the Centennial, while the Red Devils fall to 11-12 and 2-8 respectively.
In game one, the Shorewomen pushed across three runs in the bottom of the first inning to take a 3-0 lead. Senior Kelsey Graham (Dunkirk, Md./Northern) singled to center with one out to plate junior Paige Briganti (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) for the game's first run. On the play, a bobble by the Red Devils allowed freshman Hannah Spohn (Port Orchard, Wash./South Kitsap) to come home to make it 2-0. Senior Suzanne Patinella (Fallston, Md./Maryvale Prep) scored on a fielder's choice to make it 3-0 after one.
Washington made it 4-0 in the last of the third when Cooper took advantage of a run down to score on a double steal attempt. In the bottom of the fifth with one out, Cooper singled to center with one away to drive in Patinella to round out the scoring.
Cooper was dominant both at the plate and in the circle. In the circle, she went the entire way, giving up just two singles, walking none and striking out nine en route to the complete game shutout. At the plate, she went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Patinella scored a pair of runs for the hosts. The Shorewomen had seven hits in the game one victory.
Emily Rosenberg took the loss for the Red Devils in game one and drops to 7-4. She went the entire way, giving up five runs, four earned, on seven hits. She walked three and fanned two. Dickinson had two hits and also committed two errors.
In the second contest, Dickinson got onto the scoreboard first when Katie Swade worked out a two-out walk with the bases loaded to force in Lindsey Zwecker in the top of the second. The Shorewomen would level the game in the bottom half of the second when Patinella scored on a squeeze bunt off of the bat of freshman Taylor Harcum (Hebron, Md./Mardela).
The Shorewomen took the lead for good in the bottom half of the third when with two away junior Clare Hofstedt (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) dented the dish on a wild pitch to make it 2-1. In the last of the fourth, WC pushed another run across when with two away Hofstedt drove in Harcum on an infield hit to shortstop to increase the lead to 3-1.
Washington busted the game with a three-run bottom of the fifth. With one out, Harcum doubled to the gap in right-center to score both Patinella and sophomore Gina DeAngelis (Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny) to give the hosts a four-run lead. With two away, Hofstedt singled to third base to score senior Christine Anderson (Palmer Lake, Colo./Lewis-Palmer) to give the Shorewomen a 6-1 lead. The Shorewomen tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the sixth to cap the scoring.
Washington, which had 10 hits in game two, got three hits each from Harcum and Hofstedt with Harcum driving in three, to set a personal best, and Hofstedt plating a pair. Patinella was 2-for-2 with three runs scored, matching her career best, and drawing two walks. In the circle, Harcum got her first collegiate win to go to 1-1. She went five innings, giving up four hits, one earned run, walking and striking out a pair. Anderson tossed two innings of scoreless relief, giving up a hit and walk. The Shorewomen had two errors in the second game after committing zero in the first.
Nicole Clayton took the loss for Dickinson in game two and falls to 3-6 as she went 4 1/3 innings. The Red Devils were held to five hits in the second game and had one error.
Washington has now won seven straight over Dickinson dating back to the 2012 season. The Shorewomen also snapped a nine-game losing streak with the wins today.
The Shorewomen are back in action on Tuesday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. when they travel to Franklin & Marshall for a Centennial Conference doubleheader.