Briganti and Patinella Each Homer In Game Two
WESTMINSTER, Md. – Host McDaniel swept a Centennial Conference softball doubleheader from visiting Washington College on Saturday afternoon at the McDaniel Softball Field. The Green Terror won game one 5-3 and took game two by a 6-3 score. The Green Terror improve to 26-10 overall and 14-2 in the Centennial Conference, while the Shorewomen drop to 14-18 and 6-8 respectively. The game one loss eliminated the Shorewomen from the Centennial Conference Tournament and the squad will miss the tournament for the first time since 2010.
In game one, the Shorewomen scored a pair of two out runs in the top of the second inning to take a 2-0 lead. Senior Suzanne Patinella (Fallston, Md./Maryvale Prep) scored on a RBI single to shortstop by junior Clare Hofstedt (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) for the first run of the game. Washington would execute a double steal when junior Trish Langley (Little Silver, N.J./Red Bank Regional) stole home and Hofstedt swiped second to give Washington a two-run lead. The Green Terror got on the board on a one out sacrifice fly to centerfield by Megan Liebknecht that plated Jamie Weisser to cut the lead to 2-1.
McDaniel would take the lead for good with a three-run last of the fifth after the first two were retired. Payton Lewis singled through the left side and Lindsey Miller worked out a walk to get Weisser up to the plate. Weisser than smacked a three-run home run just inside the left field foul pole to give the Green Terror a 4-2 lead. In the last of the sixth, Olivia Kipe scored on a one-out RBI groundout off the bat of Caitlin Justice to push the lead to 5-2.
In the top of the seventh with one out, senior Kristin Cooper (Georgetown, Del./Sussex Central) singled to left to drive in junior Paige Briganti (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) to cut the lead to 5-3 and put the go ahead run at the plate. But McDaniel pitcher Caroline Brehm got a strikeout and foul out to end the threat and game.
Weisser was 3-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored as the Green Terror had seven hits in the win, while Kipe added two hits. Brehm got the win to go to 19-6 as she went the entire way. She gave up eight hits, three earned runs, walked two and struck out eight.
Patinella and freshman Hannah Spohn (Port Orchard, Wash./South Kitsap) each had two hits as the Shorewomen had eight total. In the circle, Cooper took the loss and falls to 10-5. She went 5 2/3 innings, giving up five earned runs on seven hits, walking three and fanning five.
In the second game, Briganti led off the contest with a home run down the left field line to give WC a 1-0 lead. Patinella in the top of the third socked a two-run homer with two away to also score freshman Ali Sanders (Dover, Del./Milford) to give the guests a 3-0 lead.
McDaniel would get on the board in the last of third when Roxana Aviles scored on a fielder's choice to cut the lead to 3-1. With one away, Kipe doubled to left-center to drive in Stacie Maring and cut the lead to 3-2.
The Green Terror took the lead for good with a two-run bottom of the fifth. With nobody out, Taylor Hishon singled to left to score Lewis and tie the game at 3-3 and Weisser scored on a wild pitch to give the hosts a 4-3 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, Maring scored on a one out sacrifice fly to right by Weisser to make it 5-3 and with two away Lewis scored on a Hishon two-bagger to left to round out the scoring.
Maring went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, while Lewis went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored. Hishon was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI in the second game. Brehm got the win in the circle to go to 20-5 on the year as she gave up four hits, three earned runs, walked one and struck out five in going the whole way.
Patinella had two RBI for the Shorewomen in the second game. In the circle, junior pitcher Sydnee Schorr (Easton, Md./Easton) took the loss in relief and falls to 1-7. She went the final four innings in relief, giving up four runs, two earned on five hits, walking two and fanning five. She struck out the side in the bottom of the third after coming into the game in the third to face the last three hitters.
McDaniel outhit Washington in game two by a 10-4 count.
The Shorewomen will conclude their 2015 season on Tuesday afternoon with a home non-conference doubleheader versus visiting Stevenson at 3:30 p.m.