Cooper Tallies 400th All-Time Strikeout In Game One; Schorr Notches 200th Career Strikeout In Game Two
COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – Visiting Washington College swept host Ursinus at Snell Field in a Centennial Conference softball doubleheader on Thursday afternoon. The Shorewomen blanked the Bears in game one, 6-0, and rallied from 3-0 down in game two to record a 6-3 victory. The Shorewomen improve to 11-13 overall and 6-6 in the Centennial, while the Bears fall to 8-17 and 0-12 respectively. WC has now won the last seven against Ursinus in the series.
In game one, Washington scored an unearned run in the top of the second to take a 1-0 lead as with two outs, senior Kristin Cooper (Georgetown, Del./Sussex Central) scored on a single to right by sophomore Caitlyn Kirby (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie). In the top of the sixth, the Shorewomen would tack on a pair of runs to take a 3-0 lead. With nobody out, Cooper led off the frame with a triple and scored on a throwing error to give the guests a 2-0 lead. With one out, junior Trish Langley (Little Silver, N.J./Red Bank Regional) came across on a foul pop out to push the lead to three.
The Shorewomen scored three times in the top of the seventh to increase the lead to 6-0.
Cooper tallied her 400th career strikeout in the bottom of the third when she got Sarah Berardo looking for the first out. She went six innings in the circle to get the win and improve to 8-3 as she struck out seven to push her career total to 403 after game one, walked one and gave up a pair of hits. At the plate, she went 3-for-4 with two runs scored as the Shorewomen had 11 total hits. Kirby drove in two runs, while junior Paige Briganti (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) had two hits.
For Ursinus, Zoe Heinke took the loss to fall to 3-8 as she went the entire way. She gave three earned runs on 11 hits, striking out two as she didn't walk a hitter. The Bears had just two hits at the plate.
In game two, the Bears raced out to a 3-0 lead after one inning. In the last of the first with two outs Delia Mercurio plated Arastina Barry and Ellen Goldstein on a two-run single to grab a 2-0 lead. Mercurio would come home on a wild pitch to cap the three-run frame.
The Shorewomen would answer with two runs in the top of the second to cut the lead to 3-2. With two away, Briganti singled to center to drive in both junior Clare Hofstedt (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) and Kirby to reduce the Ursinus lead to one run.
In the top of the fourth, WC plated three runs to take a 5-3 lead. With nobody out, senior Suzanne Patinella (Fallston, Md./Maryvale Prep) singled to center to score freshman Meredith Maynard (Bristol, Conn./St. Paul Catholic) to knot the game 3-3. The next batter, Cooper dropped down a bunt single to score Briganti on a squeeze play to give the guests a 4-3 lead. With one away, freshman Taylor Harcum (Hebron, Md./Mardela) scored junior Sadie Robertson (Cape May Court House, N.J./Middle Township) on a base hit down the right field line to cap the three-run outburst.
Briganti came home on a sacrifice fly by Patinella with nobody out in the top of the seventh to give WC a 6-3 lead.
Harcum had three hits in the win, while Briganti had two hits, two runs and two RBI. Cooper, Hofstedt, Kirby, Maynard and freshman Hannah Spohn (Port Orchard, Wash./South Kitsap) all had two hits as the Shorewomen pounded out 16 hits, while Briganti drove in a pair. In the circle, junior pitcher Sydnee Schorr (Easton, Md./Easton) tossed a complete game victory to improve to 1-4. She struck out seven and walked one on eight hits. Her strike out of Bridget Winay in the last of the fourth for the second out was her 200th career punchout. She has 138 career strikeouts at Washington College and in 2012 had 62 at Savannah College of Art & Design.
For Ursinus, which had eight hits in game two, Barry had three hits and Rachel Hyman had two hits. Heinke took the loss in game two as she went the distance in both games. She gave up 16 hits and four earned runs, walking six and fanning one.
WC steps out of conference tomorrow with a twinbill at Catholic beginning at 3:00 p.m.