Hofstedt Tallies Four Hits In Game One; Bennett Goes Yard For The First Time In Game Two
OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Visiting Washington College and host Stevenson split a non-conference softball doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon at Weinberg-Fine Field. The Shorewomen won the first game in six innings, 14-5, due to the eight-run rule, while the Mustangs captured the second game, 5-2.
Washington College 14 Stevenson 5 (Game 1)
How It Happened
-The Shorewomen plated a pair of two-out runs to take a 2-0 lead in the top half of the first inning. Maddie Bennett doubled up the middle to score Clare Hofstedt for the game's first run. Bennett would come home on a fielding error by the Mustangs to cap the two-run frame.
-In the top of the third, Bennett scored her second run of the game when with two away Stevenson committed a field error to make it 3-0.
-Washington took control of the game with a five-run top half of the fourth. Elaina DiPrimio doubled to left-center with nobody out to score both Meredith Maynard and Hofstedt to make it 5-0. The next hitter, Bennett hit an RBI single to center to drive in Allyson Meil to give WC a six-run lead. With one away, Hannah Spohn scored DiPrimio on a base hit to right to make it 7-0 and one batter later, Trish Langley singled to left-center to chase in Kerrigan Buck to cap the outburst.
-The Shorewomen tacked on another run in the top of the fifth when Hofstedt scored on an RBI groundout by Meil to make it 9-0.
-Stevenson got onto the board in the last of the fifth when Molly Hoyt led off the inning with a home run to left. The Mustangs avoided losing by the eight-run rule on a one-out RBI groundout by Sabrina Gordon to score Kayla Maggio. Stevenson then cut the lead to 9-5 when with two outs, Emily Soller hit a three-run double to left to score Nicole Dell, Tiffany Kahl and Kristen Mueller. All the runs except for Hoyt's home run were unearned due to two WC errors.
-In the top of the sixth, Washington scored five times to take a 14-5 lead as all of the runs came with two away. Hofstedt singled to left-center to score Regan Horan to make it 10-5 and the next hitter, Meil plated Kerri Estep on an infield base hit to shortstop to extend the lead to six runs. During the at bat of Erin Spinden, Meredith Maynard scored on a passed ball and on the play a throwing error allowed Hofstedt to come home to give WC a 13-5 cushion. Spinden would come through in her at bat with an RBI base hit to center to score Meil to cap the five-run rally.
For The Shorewomen (16-15)
-Hitting: Hofstedt (4-for-5, four runs to tie career-high, RBI), Meil (3-for-5, two RBI, two runs), Bennett (2-for-3, two runs, two RBI, walk), Spohn (2-for-2, RBI), Trish Langley (2-for-4, RBI), DiPrimio (two RBI), Maynard (two runs)
-Pitching: Taylor Harcum (win 7-8, 5 1/3 scoreless innings, three hits, zero walks, four strikeouts)
-The Shoremen had 16 hits and drew three walks, while leaving eight on base.
-Washington had two errors in the game and it led to four unearned runs for Stevenson.
For Stevenson (9-16)
-Hitting: Hoyt (3-for-3, run, RBI, home run), Soller (three RBI)
-Pitching: Jasmyn Ogletree (loss 5-8, 3 1/3 innings, 11 hits, eight runs, five earned, one walk, zero strikeouts, one hit batter)
-Stevenson had six hits in the game and worked out a walk, while leaving four runners stranded.
-The Mustangs committed five errors, leading to seven unearned runs for the visitors.
-Hofstedt tied her career-high in runs scored with four.
-Meil had career-bests in hits and RBI.
Stevenson 5 Washington College 2 (Game 2)
How It Happened
-Stevenson scored three times in the bottom of the third with two outs to take a 3-0 lead. Kahl plated Mueller on a single down the left field line to give the hosts a 1-0 lead. Kahl scored on an error to give the hosts a two-run lead and Kate Finnen came around to score on a Soller base hit to left to complete the three-run outburst.
-In the last of the fifth, the Mustangs tacked on two runs to take a 5-0 lead. With one away, Naomi Fields worked out a bases loaded walk with one away to plate Hoyt to make it 4-0 and with two outs, Brooke Steinbach came home on a wild pitch to push the lead to five runs.
-Washington got on the board in the top of the sixth when Bennett led off the top of the sixth with a solo home run to center to cut the lead to 5-1. It was her first career long ball. With two outs, Alison Pusey singled through the right side to score Estep to trim the lead to 5-2.
-In the top of the seventh, Washington got one runner on, but never got the tying run to the plate.
For The Shorewomen (16-16)
-Hitting: Bennett (home run)
-Pitching: Milly Kawabata (loss 0-2, three innings, three runs, three earned, zero walks, two strikeouts), Bennett (three innings, two runs, two earned, four hits, two runs, two earned, four walks, four strikeouts)
-Washington had four hits and worked out seven walks, while stranding seven runners on base.
-The Shorewomen's two errors did not lead to a run by the Mustangs.
For Stevenson (10-16)
-Hitting: Kahl (2-for-4, RBI, run), Soller (2-for-4, RBI)
-Pitching: Steinbach (win 4-6, one hit, zero runs, six walks, three strikeouts), Hoyt (two innings, two runs, three hits, one walk, one strikeout)
-The Mustangs had 10 hits in the game and drew four walks, leaving nine runners on the basepaths.
-The hosts committed one error in the win, but WC did not score an unearned run.
4/16 v. Gettysburg – 1:00 p.m. (Centennial Conference doubleheader)
-Teams split a twinbill at Gettysburg last season, while Washington swept the last doubleheader in Chestertown in 2014.