Down Ramapo 5-1 and Utica 4-0
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The Washington College softball team scored seven of its nine runs in the third inning in a pair of wins on Sunday afternoon at the Osceola County Softball Complex at the Rebel Spring Games in a pair of non-conference games. The Shorewomen scored four of their five runs in the bottom of the third in a 5-1 win over Ramapo in the first game and scored three of their four runs in the top of the third in a 4-0 victory against Utica in the second game.
Washington College 5 Ramapo 1
How It Happened
-The Roadrunners broke onto the scoreboard in the top half of the third inning with two outs on a Melissa Moreno base hit to right field to scored Danielle Saporito from third base.
-Washington in the last of the third sent 10 batters to the plate and scored four times to take a 4-1 lead. The Shorewomen tied it with one-out base hit down the left field line by Elaina DiPrimio that scored Allyson Meil with the bases loaded. The next batter, Maddie Bennett drew a walk on a full count to force home Clare Hofstedt to put the Shorewomen ahead 2-1. The following hitter, Hannah Spohn ripped a single down the left field line to drive home Paige Briganti on the first pitch to give WC a 3-1 lead and chased Ramapo pitcher Erin Fitzsimmons. With two away, Taylor Harcum helped her own cause working out a bases loaded walk on a full count pitch to drive in DiPrimio to cap the four-run outburst in the frame.
-The Shorewomen loaded the bases with two away in the last of the fifth, but could not score.
-In the last of the sixth, Spohn cracked an RBI double off the top of the fence in left field to knock in Bennett all the way from first with two outs to make it 5-1.
For The Shorewomen (2-5)
-Hitting: Spohn (2-fo-3, two RBI), Briganti (2-for-4, run), Bennett (two walks), DiPrimio (two walks)
-Pitching: Harcum (complete game win, 2-3, four hits, three walks, three strikeouts, one run)
-The Shorewomen had eight hits in the win, while working out seven walks.
-WC left 11 on base.
For Ramapo (0-3)
-Hitting: Moreno (RBI hit and walk)
-Pitching: Fitzsimmons (loss 0-1, 2 1/3 innings, four runs, all earned, five hits, three walks, three strikeouts), Paige Merle (3 2/3 innings, one earned run, two hits, four walks and two strikeouts)
-The Roadrunners had four hits in the loss.
-Ramapo left six on base.
-Ramapo qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2015.
-Neither team committed an error in the game.
Washington College 4 Utica 0
How It Happened
-Utica had runners on second base and third base in the bottom of the first with one away, but Bennett got a pop out to shortstop and a line out to center respectively to end the threat.
-The Shorewomen scored three times after the first two were retired in the top half of the third inning. Spohn roped a single to center to score DiPrimio for the first run of the game and the next batter, Meredith Maynard smacked a two-run double to left to drive in both Bennett and Spohn to put WC ahead 3-0.
-Hofstedt made it 4-0 when she scored on a fielder's choice off the bat of DiPrimio with one out in the top half of the fourth.
-Bennett and Milly Kawabata combined to retire the last 10 Pioneer hitters.
For The Shorewomen (3-5)
-Hitting: Hofstedt (3-for-4, run scored), Bennett (2-for-4, run), Spohn (2-for-4, RBI), Erin Spinden (1-for-1, two walks)
-Pitching: Bennett (win 1-0, six innings, two hits, two walks, six strikeouts), Kawabata (one inning, one strikeout)
-Team had 11 hits in the win, leaving nine on base.
-Washington committed two errors in the field.
For Utica (0-2)
-Hitting: Samantha Whitehouse (1-for-1, walk), Cassie Smith (1-for-2)
-Pitching: Shannon Cool (loss 0-1, 2 2/23 innings, five hits, three runs, three walks and one strikeout), Brittany Meka (4 1/3 innings, six hits, one run, two strikeouts)
-The Pioneers were held to two hits in the loss and left six on base.
-Utica did not have an error in the field.
-Two teams met in the opening round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament in Ithaca, N.Y. with the seventh-seeded Shorewomen downing the Pioneers, the Ithaca Region's two seed, 11-6 in nine innings.
-Bennett chalked up her first career victory in the win over the Pioneers.
3/14 v. Lesley – 11:15 a.m. at Kissimmee, Fla. (non-conference game)
3/14 v. #16 Wheaton (Mass.) – 1:30 p.m. at Kissimmee, Fla. (non-conference game)
-Second day for team at the Rebel Spring Games
-Playing both teams for the first time on the softball diamond.
-Shoremen Basketball assistant coach Nick Sparacino played basketball for two years (2009-10 and 2010-11) at Lesley.