Mules Capture Both Games Against Shorewomen, 6-3 and 2-0

Mules Capture Both Games Against Shorewomen, 6-3 and 2-0

DiPrimio With Three Hits In Game One and Stokes Nets Two Hits In Game Two

CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Visiting Muhlenberg swept host Washington College in a Centennial Conference softball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Washington College Softball Field.  The Mules won game one, 6-3, and game two, 2-0.  It was the conference opener for both teams.

Muhlenberg 6 Washington College 3 (Game 1)

How It Happened
- The Shorewomen took a fast 1-0 lead in the last of the first inning when Maddie Bennett doubled to right to score Taylor Harcum from first base with two away.    
- Muhlenberg tied the game in the top half of the fourth when with two outs, Amelia Shelley singled up the middle to plate Courtney Simon for an unearned run and the game was tied 1-1. 
- In the top of the fifth, the Mules took the lead for good with a five-run frame.  With nobody out, Karissa Astrella doubled to the gap in right-center to score Sarah Schubert and Allyson Sweeney to give the Mules a 3-1 lead.  Astrella came around to score on a one out single to right-center by Simon and the guests took a three-run lead.  With two outs, Shelley singled down the right field line to plate both Sydney Carey and Haley Fedak to complete the five-run inning and gave the Mules a 6-1 lead.
- The Shorewomen got one run back in the last of the sixth when Rachel Butler served a double into the gap in right-center to drive in Kasey Buck to trim the lead to 6-2 with one away.
- WC did not go down quietly in its last turn at bat as they scored a run with the bases loaded and two outs as Alli Saul walked to force in Kerrigan Buck to reduce the lead to 6-3 and sent Butler up to the plate as the potential game-winning run.  Muhlenberg's Nicole Bergamo relieved Fedak in the circle and got Butler to strike out looking to end the frame and game. 

For The Shorewomen (10-11, 0-1 CC)
-Hitting: Butler (1-for-2, two walks, run), Elaina DiPrimio (3-for-4, led all players in hits)
-Pitching: Harcum (loss 5-4, four-plus innings, seven hits, four runs, three earned, one walk, six strikeouts), Milly Kawabata (two innings, four hits, two runs, two earned, one walk, five strikeouts)
-Washington committed zero errors.
-The Shorewomen had seven hits and drew three walks in the game.

For Muhlenberg (4-7, 1-0 CC)
- Hitting: Astrella (2-for-4, two RBI), Fedak, Simon and Sweeney (2-for-4)
- Pitching: Fedak (win 2-0, 6 2/3 innings, seven hits, three runs, three earned, six walks and six strikeouts), Bergamo (save 1, 1/3 inning, one strikeout)
- Muhlenberg had one error, but it didn't lead to a Washington run.
- The Mules had 12 hits and drew two walks.
- Muhlenberg won despite striking out 13 times in the game.

Notes
- The Mules left nine on base, while the Shorewomen left 10 on base.
- DiPrimio was named the Goose Nation TV Shorewomen Player of the Game during the broadcast.
- Kawabata had a career-best five strikeouts in her two innings of work.

Muhlenberg 2 Washington College 0 (Game 2)

How It Happened
- Muhlenberg scored the only run it would need in the top of the second as with two outs, Shelley doubled to left past a sliding Erin Spinden to score Kristina Qualben to give the Mules a 1-0 lead.
- Washington got a leadoff triple in the last of the fourth inning by Leah Stokes.  However, the next batter DiPrimio hit a rocket liner to Qualben at third who was able to double off Stokes for a double play.
- The Mules got an insurance run with two away in the top of the fifth when Asterella doubled down the left field line, just fair and past a diving Alli Saul to score Hayley Peterson to take a 2-0 lead.
- In the last of the sixth, the Shorewomen had two on with two outs, but Peterson got Bennett to ground out to second base to end the threat.
- Washington had runners on first and second with one out in the last of the seventh and Gabby Edwards at the plate.  Edwards hit a deep fly ball to right field, but Sweeney was able to catch it several feet in front of the fence for the second out.  With runners on the corners and two outs, Peterson got Regan Horan to strike out looking on a pitch on the outside corner to end the game.

For The Shorewomen (10-12, 0-2 CC)
- Hitting: Stokes (2-for-3, triple)
- Pitching: Bennett (loss 5-7, complete game, three hits, two runs, two earned, five hits, two walks, five strikeouts)
- The Shorewomen had six hits in the game.
- WC had one error in the field, but it did not lead to a Muhlenberg run.

For Muhlenberg (5-7, 2-0 CC)
- Hitting: Astrella and Shelley (1-for-3, RBI), Qualben (1-for-3, run)
- Pitching: Peterson (complete game, six hits, zero runs, no walks, six strikeouts)
- The Mules had three hits and worked out two walks in the second game.
- Muhlenberg committed one error in the field.

Notes
- Stokes was named was named the Goose Nation TV Shorewomen Player of the Game during the broadcast.
- WC left six on base, while Muhlenberg left five.

Up Next
3/28 @ Ursinus – 3:00 p.m. (Centennial Conference Doubleheader)
- Washington swept the doubleheader last season in Chestertown by scores of 3-2 and 9-1 and have won nine straight in the series.