Hofstedt Tallies Five Hits In Doubleheader; Bennett Sets Career-High In Strikeouts With 11 In Game Two
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – The Washington College softball team swept a Centennial Conference doubleheader from visiting Ursinus on Tuesday afternoon at Washington College Softball Field. The host Shorewomen won the first game, 3-2, and downed the Bears, 9-1, in game two in six innings due to the eight-run rule.
Washington College 3 Ursinus 2 (Game 1)
How It Happened
-Kayla Quinn gave the Bears a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when she scored when she was able to escape a run down due to a muffed throw by the Shorewomen with one out.
-The Shorewomen tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the second when Trish Langley singled to shallow left field to plate Hannah Spohn.
-Washington would take the lead for good in the last of the third when Clare Hofstedt scored on a two-out muffed throw by Ursinus to take a 2-1 lead.
-With two away in the bottom of the fifth, Maddie Bennett hit a frozen rope double down the right field line to send in Hofstedt and gave the hosts a 3-1 lead.
-With nobody out in the top of the seventh, Callie Crouse hit a two-bagger down the left field line to score Quinn to cut the lead to 3-2 and gave the Bears the tying run at second. However, Washington pitcher Taylor Harcum retired the next three Ursinus hitters in a row to end the ballgame.
For The Shorewomen (12-13, 4-1 CC)
-Hitting: Hofstedt (2-for-3, two runs)
-Pitching: Harcum (win 6-6, complete game six-hitter, two runs, one earned, three walks, three strikeouts, one hit batter)
-Washington had seven hits, drew a walk and left four on base.
-The Shorewomen had two errors in the field, leading to one unearned run for Ursinus.
For Ursinus (8-11, 2-3 CC)
-Hitting: Quinn (two runs), Crouse (3-for-4, RBI)
-Pitching: Kaitlyn Willis (loss 5-4, complete game seven-hitter, three runs, two earned, one walk, five strikeouts)
-The Bears had six hits, worked out three walks, had a player reach on a hit by pitch and left 10 runners stranded on base.
-Ursinus had one error and it led to an unearned run for the Shorewomen.
-Harcum has gone six or more innings in four of her last five starts.
Washington College 9 Ursinus 1 (Game 2 – 6 Innings)
How It Happened
-With two outs in the last of the fourth, Kerri Estep worked out a bases loaded walk to score Langley to put Washington ahead 1-0.
-The Bears returned the favor in the top of the fifth as they tied the game at 1-1 with a two-out single to left by Casey Derella to score Quinn. On the play, Crouse tried to score from second on the hit, she was thrown out at the plate on a throw by Elaina DiPrimio.
-The Shorewomen took control of the game with a seven-run bottom half of the fifth. DiPrimio with one out, singled up the middle to score Hofstedt to make it 2-1. Two batters later, Paige Briganti doubled down the left field line to score Regan Horan to push the lead to 3-1. After a pitching change by the Bears, Spohn greeted new pitcher Bridget Winay by smacking a double to left-center to drive home both Bennett and Briganti to extend the hosts cushion to four runs. Kerrigan Buck scored her first career run on a single up the middle by Hofstedt to make it 6-1. Ursinus brought in another pitcher, Devan Cinalli and Kasey Buck greeted her with a base hit up the middle to plate Harcum to give the hosts a 7-1 lead. For Kasey Buck it was her first career hit and RBI. Erin Spinden capped the scored when she came home when Horan was hit by a pitch to put the Shorewomen ahead 8-1.
-In the last of the sixth, WC ended the game two batters in. Briganti walked and took second on a wild pitch and would score on Spohn's RBI single to left-center to end the contest due to the eight-run rule.
For The Shorewomen (13-13, 5-1 CC)
-Hitting: Spohn (2-for-3, three RBI), Briganti (2-for-3, two runs), Hofstedt (3-for-4, RBI, run)
-Pitching: Bennett (win 6-3, complete game five-hitter, one run, one earned, six walks, career-best 11 strikeouts)
-WC had 11 hits, drew five walks and had two players reach by getting plunked, while leaving eight on base.
-The Shorewomen committed one error in the field, but did not lead to a run by the Bears.
For Ursinus (8-12, 2-4 CC)
-Hitting: Crouse (two walks)
-Pitching: Zoe Heinke (loss 2-5, 4 1/3 innings, six hits, five runs, five earned, four walks, two strikeouts)
-The Bears worked out six walks and tallied five hits, while leaving eight on base.
-Ursinus did not have an error in the field.
-Washington has now won nine straight over Ursinus, a streak that began in 2012.
-The Shorewomen have won 10 of the 11 meetings against the Bears since 2012.
-WC has now swept Ursinus in each of the past four seasons.
-Bennett set a personal-best with 11 strikeouts and she was the first Washington pitcher to fan 11 batters in a game since Sydnee Schorr struck out 11 Simpson hitters on March 9, 2015. Her previous high was seven versus Franklin & Marshall on March 26.
-The Shorewomen are 5-1 in Centennial play for the second time in three years as the 2014 team began CC play 7-1.
4/6 @ Muhlenberg – 3:00 p.m. (Centennial Conference doubleheader)
-Was originally slated for this past Saturday, but was postponed due to rain.