Patinella Notches 100th Career RBI In Game Two; Cooper Tosses One-Hitter In Game One
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Host Washington College and visiting Neumann each won a game in a non-conference softball twinbill on Saturday afternoon. The Shorewomen won game one in walk-off fashion, 1-0, while the Knights held off the Shorewomen in game two, 6-5. The Knights are 21-5 on the year, while the Shorewomen are 14-14.
In game one, the lone run of the opener came with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning with two runners on base. Junior Paige Briganti (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) hit a grounder and the throw to first base to get her for the second out was thrown away and that allowed freshman Ali Sanders (Dover, Del./Milford) to score from third base for the only run of the game.
Senior pitcher Kristin Cooper (Georgetown, Del./Sussex Central) fired a one-hit shutout in the game as she walked just one and struck out 10 en route to going the distance and improving to 10-3 on the year. She now has 10 or more wins in each of her four years at Washington and is the first Shorewoman to achieve that feat. She also became tops in program history in career game starts with 66. The lone hit she gave up was a two-out single up the middle in the top of the sixth by Neumann's Allie White.
At the plate for Washington, senior Christine Anderson (Palmer Lake, Colo./Lewis-Palmer) was a perfect 3-for-3, while junior Clare Hofstedt (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) was 2-for-2. The Shorewomen tallied seven hits in game one.
Lauren Wilkie was the hard luck loser for Neumann in the opener as she went the entire way, 6 1/3 innings, giving up seven hits, one unearned run, walking two and striking out none. She drops to 6-2 on the year.
In game two, the Knights scored in the top of the first on a sacrifice fly to left-center with nobody out by Kara Grogan that scored White. The Shorewomen tied it in the last of the second when with one away freshman Hannah Spohn (Port Orchard, Wash./South Kitsap) socked her second home run of the season to right-center to level the game at 1-1.
Neumann would score five times in the top of the third to take a 6-1 lead. White scored on a one out Bermuda Triangle single to left-center by Danielle Grayson to make it 2-1. With two away the Knights scored four times, the first was a hit by pitch with the bases loaded to Megan Williams to force in Marisa Giordano to make it 3-1. Neumann took a three-run lead when Grogan came home on a passed ball and Grayson came home on an infield single to third by Melissa Rozumalski to make it 5-1. Williams would score on a wild pitch to cap the five-run frame and give the Knights a 6-1 cushion.
The Shorewomen got two in the last of the sixth when with one out senior Suzanne Patinella (Fallston, Md./Maryvale Prep) connected on a two-run home run to center to also drive in Briganti to cut the lead to 6-3.
In the bottom of the seventh, Neumann pitcher Haley Broomell retired the first two hitters, but the Washington bats came alive thanks to a walk and three singles. Briganti would single up the middle to score sophomore Kerri Estep (Lancaster, Pa./Penn Manor) to trim the lead to 6-4 and the next hitter Patinella singled off the glove of Neumann shortstop Katie Halter to score freshman Meredith Maynard (Bristol, Conn./St. Paul Catholic) and the lead was cut to one at 6-5. For Patinella it was her 100th career RBI and joins Kylie Nottingham '14 as the only two WC players to plate 100 or more runs in team history as Nottingham had 105. However, Broomell got Cooper on the first pitch of the at bat to pop out to Carla D'Angelo right near the bag at second for the game's last out.
Broomell got the complete game win for the Knights to improve to 9-2 as she allowed five runs on five hits, walking four and striking out three. At the plate, Giordano had three of the guests' seven hits, while White scored twice.
Patinella went 2-for-4 with three RBI for WC in game two as the team had five hits. In the circle, junior pitcher Sydnee Schorr (Easton, Md./Easton) took the loss and drops to 1-5. She gave up six runs, four earned, walking one and striking out six as she went all seven innings.
Washington is scheduled to be back in action on Wednesday afternoon with a non-conference softball doubleheader at Eastern Shore rival #T7 Salisbury at 3:00 p.m.