Cooper Ties Program Record For Career Home Runs In Game Two; Anderson and Cooper Each Toss Complete Game Victories; Hofstedt Gets 100th Career Hit
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Host Washington College concluded its 2015 season on a positive note with a non-conference softball doubleheader sweep of visiting Stevenson on Tuesday afternoon at Washington College Softball Field. The Shorewomen took game one by a 4-3 score and grabbed game two, 3-1.
In game two, Washington (16-18) took a 3-0 lead with two outs in the bottom of the first inning when senior Kristin Cooper (Georgetown, Del./Sussex Central) slammed a three-run home run the opposite way in right-center to also plate junior Paige Briganti (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) and senior Suzanne Patinella (Fallston, Md./Maryvale Prep). For Cooper it was her 16th career long ball and that ties her with Laura Scimeca '05 for the most home runs by a WC softball player.
The Shorewomen had chances to break the game open as they had the bases loaded with nobody out in the bottom of the second and third innings and two outs in the last of the fourth but could not score in any of the frames. The Mustangs left the bases loaded without scoring a run in the top of the fourth.
In the last of the fifth, junior Clare Hofstedt (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) got her 100th career hit on an infield single to shortstop. She is the 21st WC player to reach triple digits in all-time hits.
Stevenson (18-19) finally got onto the scoreboard in the top of the seventh on a one-out base hit through the left side to score Sabrina Gordon to cut the lead to 3-1. The Mustangs had runners at second and third with one away, but Washington senior pitcher Christine Anderson (Palmer Lake, Colo./Lewis-Palmer) struck out Molly Hoyt for the second out and got Kate Finnen to hit a comebacker to Anderson to end the threat, ballgame and doubleheader.
Anderson went the distance in her final ever game as a Shorewoman as she scattered nine hits, one unearned run, walked one and struck out five to improve to 2-5 on the year. At the plate, Cooper went 2-for-3 with three RBI to pace a 10-hit game for WC. Washington left 12 on base in the game.
Kristen Mueller got two of Stevenson's nine hits in the second game and was lone Mustang to have multiple hits. In the circle, Brooke Steinbach took the loss and falls to 3-6 as she went the first three innings.
In the first game, the Shorewomen took a 1-0 lead in the last of the second inning when Patinella scored on a fielding error by Stevenson off the bat of Anderson with nobody out. The Mustangs would tie it up in the top of third when with two away, Stepehanie Ayres doubled down the left field line to plate Mueller. Stevenson would take a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth when Gordon scored on a single down the left field line by Naomi Fields.
The Shorewomen would answer with three runs in the last of the sixth to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 lead. Washington tied the game when freshman Ali Sanders (Dover, Del./Milford) scored on a RBI groundout by Anderson with nobody out to tie the game. The next hitter with one out, freshman Taylor Harcum (Hebron, Md./Mardela) singled up the middle to score Patinella to give WC a 3-2 lead and a misplay by the Mustangs allowed Cooper to score to give the hosts a 4-2 lead.
Stevenson would get one run back in the top of the seventh on a sacrifice fly to center by Seger that scored Steinbach. But Cooper would get Jasmyn Ogletree to ground out to sophomore Caitlyn Kirby (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie) at third to end the ballgame.
Briganti, Cooper, Hofstedt and Patinella each had two hits with Patinella scoring twice as Washington had nine hits in the opener. Cooper got the win in her last start in the circle to improve to 11-5 as she went the entire way. She gave up eight hits, three runs, two earned, walking one and fanning three. She finishes her career with a 47-27 record to go along with 429 strikeouts in 474.1 innings. She appeared in 94 games and had 69 starts. She is Washington's all-time leader in wins, strikeouts, innings pitched, appearance and game starts and also holds seven single-season pitching records for the team.
Ayres had two of the Mustangs' eight hits in the game. In the circle, Ogletree took the loss and drops to 10-5. She gave up four runs, two earned, on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings. She did not walk or strikeout a hitter.
Today marked the final games for Anderson, Cooper, Patinella and senior Kelsey Graham (Dunkirk, Md./Northern). The quartet competed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament and three Centennial Conference Tournaments, winning the conference in 2013.