Cooper and Spohn Each Homer and Drive In Four In 11-2 Game One Win
LANCASTER, Pa. – Visiting Washington College and host Franklin & Marshall split a Centennial Conference softball doubleheader at Baker Campus Softball Field in on Thursday afternoon. The Shorewomen took game one 11-2, while the Diplomats earned the split with a 5-3 come from behind win in game two. The Shorewomen are now 8-12 overall and 3-5 in the Centennial, while the Diplomats are 15-3 and 5-1 respectively.
In game one, the Shorewomen put a three-spot on the board in the top of the second inning. With one out, freshman Taylor Harcum (Hebron, Md./Mardela) singled to left field to plate senior Suzanne Patinella (Fallston, Md./Maryvale Prep) for the game's first run. The next batter, senior Kristin Cooper (Georgetown, Del./Sussex Central) hit a two-run home run to right-center to also plate Harcum to give Washington a 3-0 lead. For Cooper it was her first longball of the year and 15th of her career.
In the top half of the fourth, sophomore Kerri Estep (Lancaster, Pa./Penn Manor) came home on an error by the Diplomats to make it 4-0 with one away. In the last of the fifth, F&M's Katie Wenger hit a home run to left-center leading off the frame to trim the lead to 4-1. With two away, Kelly Van O'Linda scored on a base hit to center by Melissa Bollmeyer to cut the Washington lead to 4-2.
The guests would bust the game open with a seven run top of the seventh. Freshman Elaina DiPrimio (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin) worked out a one-out bases loaded walk to force in Cooper to make it 5-2 and the next batter, freshman Hannah Spohn (Port Orchard, Wash./South Kitsap) launched a grand slam over the left field fence to make it 9-2. Scoring ahead of Spohn was freshman Ali Sanders (Dover, Del./Milford), junior Clare Hofstedt (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) and DiPrimio. With two away, Cooper socked a two-bagger to the gap in right-center to chase in Patinella and senior Kelsey Graham (Dunkirk, Md./Northern) to push the lead to 11-2.
Cooper and Spohn each had four RBI and a home run in the win with Cooper also tallying two hits and two runs. Patinella also had a pair of hits as the team had 10 in the win. Pitching wise, Cooper got the victory to improve to 6-3 as she went six innings. The senior gave up four hits, two runs, one earned, walked none and struck out four.
Isabel Schaefer took the loss in the circle for F&M to fall to 7-2 as she went 5 2/3 innings. At the dish for the hosts, Bollmeyer had two of the Diplomats' four hits.
In game two, the Diplomats took a 2-0 lead in the last of the second on a Karly Newcomb single to center to drive in Megan Ryan and Patricia Crigler.
The score would remain 2-0 F&M until the top of the sixth when Washington tied the game at 2-2 with one away when Graham singled to down the right field line to score both Hofstedt and senior Christine Anderson (Palmer Lake, Colo./Lewis-Palmer). With two outs and the bases loaded DiPrimio worked out a bases loaded walk to deliver home Spohn to give the Shorewomen a 3-2 lead.
The Diplomats would score three times with two outs in the last half of the sixth to take a 5-3 lead. F&M tied the game at 3-3 with a double to right center by Samantha Burns to score Crystal Good. Two batters later, Wenger would single up the middle to knock in both Burns and Crigler to snap the tie and give the hosts a two-run lead.
In the top of the seventh, the Shorewomen had runners on first and second with one away and two outs and the tying run at the plate, but a fielder's choice and a pop up ended the game.
For F&M, Newcomb and Wenger each had two RBI as the Diplomats mustered six hits in the second game. In the circle, Justine Lohrey got the win to improve to 3-1 as she went six innings, giving up three runs on five hits, walking four and striking out one. She gave way to Wenger who tossed the seventh to notch her first save of the year. She gave up two hits and struck out one.
Washington got two hits each from Hofstedt and Spohn as the guests had seven hits. Graham drove in two runs for the Shorewomen in the night cap. In the circle, junior pitcher Sydnee Schorr (Easton, Md./Easton) took the loss and drops to 0-3. She went 3 2/3 innings in relief, giving up three runs on two hits, walking a pair and fanning four.
The Shorewomen are scheduled to be back in action on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. at Gettysburg in a conference twinbill.