Shorewomen Softball To Host Centennial Conference Tournament For The First Time

Team Clinches Hosting Rights With 2-1 Win In Game Two Over Green Terror After Falling 7-4 In Opener

CHESTERTOWN, Md. – The Washington College softball team earned the top seed and hosting rights for the 2016 Centennial Conference Softball Tournament in a split of a doubleheader with visiting McDaniel on Saturday afternoon.  In game one, McDaniel downed Washington College 7-4 to force a winner-take-all game two for the right to host and the Shorewomen held off the Green Terror, 2-1, to earn the right to host the conference tournament which will be next Friday-Sunday at the Washington College Softball Field.  The Shorewomen improve to 20-18 overall and 11-5 in the Centennial Conference, while the Green Terror, who will be the third seed in next weekend's tournament drop to 24-16 and 10-6 respectively.  It was the regular season home finale and finale for WC.
               Gettysburg, 11-5 in the Centennial, earned the second seed in the tournament with its sweep of Haverford today in Gettysburg, while Haverford garnered the fourth and final seed in the tournament with a 9-7 mark.  Haverford clinched the fourth spot when Muhlenberg lost game two of its doubleheader to Franklin & Marshall, 3-2, in eight innings.
               Washington and Gettysburg tied at 11-5, but WC got the top seed due to splitting with McDaniel, while Gettysburg was swept by McDaniel last Saturday in Westminster, Md.

McDaniel 7 Washington College 4 (Game 1)

How It Happened
-McDaniel took advantage of a dropped foul ball to plate three unearned runs in the top of the first inning to grab a 3-0 lead.  Jamie Weisser, who was the batter when the dropped foul ball happened, on the next pitched ripped a two-run double down the left field line to score both Lindsey Miller and Olivia Kipe to give the guests a two-run lead with one out.  With two away, Tayler Hishon singled to second base to plate Weisser to give McDaniel a three-run cushion.
-Miller extended the Green Terror's lead to 4-0 with a two-out solo home run to center in the top of the second. 
-The visitors made it 5-0 in the top of the third on a one-out bases loaded walk by Taylor Fletcher to plate Weisser.
-Weisser made it 6-0 in the top of the fourth on a one-out base hit through the left side to knock in Payton Lewis.
-In the bottom of the fourth, Maddie Bennett got WC on the board with a two-run double to the gap in left-center to score both Clare Hofstedt and Allyson Meil to trim the lead to 6-2.
-McDaniel extended the lead to 7-2 with two outs on an Ally Galati single through the right side to drive in Hishon.
-The hosts did not go quietly in the last of the seventh with a pair of two-out runs.  Regan Horan worked out a bases loaded walk to score Bennett to reduce the deficit to 7-3 and Hofstedt singled through the right side to drive in Trish Langley to cut the lead to 7-4 and sent the winning run to the plate.  Alison Pusey represented the winning run, but her liner was grabbed by Kipe at shortstop to end the game and set up the winner-take-all second game.

For The Shorewomen (19-18, 10-5 CC)
-Batting: Bennett (2-for-4, two RBI), Briganti, Hofstedt and Meil (2-for-4)
-Pitching: Taylor Harcum (loss 8-10, 3.1 innings, 11 hits, six runs, three earned, one walk, four strikeouts), Milly Kawabata (3.2 innings, three hits, one run, one earned, one walk two strikeouts)
-WC had 11 hits in the game and drew six walks, but stranded 13 runners on base. 
-The Shorewomen had one error in the game and led to three unearned runs by McDaniel.

For McDaniel (24-15, 10-5 CC)
-Batting: Weisser (3-for-4, three RBI, two runs), Miller (2-for-5, two runs, home run), Kipe (2-for-4), Hishon (2-for-3, walk)
-Pitching: Valerie Lamb (win 8-3, complete game, 11 hits, four runs, four earned, six walks, one strikeout)
-The Green Terror had 14 hits and two walks, while leaving nine on base.
-McDaniel did not commit an error in the game.

Washington College 2 McDaniel 1 (Game 2)

How It Happened
-The Shorewomen got their two runs in the bottom of the first on a two-out double to left-center by Briganti to score both Meil and Elaina DiPrimio to take a 2-0 lead.
-McDaniel got a run back in the top of the second inning on a two-out two-bagger to left-center by Caitlin Justice to drive in Hishon.  Ally Galati, the next batter for the Green Terror singled to right and Justice was sent home from second, but was tagged out at the plate by Meil on a throw from right by Hofstedt.
-McDaniel had runners at first and third with two outs in the top of the fifth, but Bennett got Weisser to ground out to second base to keep the score at 2-1 WC.
-In the top of the seventh, Bennett retired the first two hitters before issuing back-to-back walks.  Bennett would get the last out as she got Weisser to fly out to Briganti in left-center to end the game and give WC the win and top seed in the conference tournament along with hosting rights.

For The Shorewomen (20-18, 11-5 CC)
-Hitting: Briganti (two RBI)
-Pitching: Bennett (win 11-3, complete game five-hitter, one earned run, five walks, six strikeouts)
-WC had six hits in the win and worked out two walks, while leaving five on the bases.
-The one error by WC did not lead to a run by the Green Terror.

For McDaniel (24-16, 10-6 CC)
-Hitting: Galati (2-for-3), Kipe (two walks)
-Pitching: Fiona Johnson (loss 8-8, complete game six-hitter, two earned runs, two walks, two strikeouts)
-The Green Terror had five hits and five walks, while stranding eight runners.
-Like game one, McDaniel did not commit an error in game two.

Notes
-The Shorewomen are hosting the tournament for the first time and will be seeking their second tournament crown.  The 2013 team won the conference tournament at Muhlenberg.
-Washington is in the tournament for the fifth time in six years and the sixth time overall.  Prior to this season, the team qualified for the tournament in 2005 and 2011-14.
-The squad was a two-seed in 2011 and 2012 and the four seed in 2005, 2013 and 2014.
-Bennett is the third Washington pitcher to win 11 games in a single season joining Kristin Cooper '15 (2012, 2014-15) and Allison Weisbrod '02 (1999).  All three won 11 games as a freshman.

Up Next
5/6 v. Haverford – TBA (Centennial Conference Tournament First Round)
-Time to be announced on Monday.
-Two teams split a doubleheader at Haverford on March 29, WC won game two 8-7, while Haverford won the opener in five innings, 10-2. 
-The other first round matchup in the double elimination tournament will be the third seeded and defending conference champions, McDaniel, against the two seed Gettysburg.