Butler Notches First Career Victory In Game Two
GALLOWAY, N.J. – Visiting Washington College and host Stockton split a non-conference softball doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon at Stockton Softball Field. The Ospreys won game one, 3-0, while the Shorewomen took game two, 2-1, in five innings in a game that was called early due to darkness. It was the season opener for both squads.
Stockton 3 Washington College 0 (Game 1)
How It Happened
- The Ospreys got runners on first and second with two outs in the bottom of the first inning, but Gabby Edwards was able to snag the line drive by Alexa Massa at third to end the threat and inning.
- Stockton would take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second when Ashley Lobell stole home with nobody out after she led off the inning with a double down the left field line. The hosts had Morgan DiVello on at third with one away following a stolen base, but Shorewomen pitcher Taylor Harcum get a strike out and a ground out to keep it a 1-0 contest.
- Harcum reached third with two outs for Washington in the top half of the third, but she was stranded there when Ospreys' pitcher Hannah Bibeault got Allyson Meil to line out to Casey Schieda at third to end the frame.
- In the last of the fifth, the Ospreys had runners on second and third with nobody out following a pair of bunt singles by Chelsea Thomas and Carli Shaw and a stolen base by each. Following a strikeout for the first out, Alexandra Cosenzo singled up the middle to plate both Thomas and Shaw and give Stockton a 3-0 lead and that would be the score after five innings.
- Washington had one runner reach base against Stockton relief pitcher Samantha Huetter, a leadoff walk in the top of the seventh by Leah Stokes, but were unable to get the tying run to the plate as Huetter retired the last three Shorewomen to complete the shutout for the hosts.
For The Shorewomen (0-1)
- Hitting: Harcum (1-for-2).
- Pitching: Harcum (loss 0-1, complete game, five hits, three runs, three earned, zero walks, four strikeouts)
- Washington committed zero errors.
- The Shorewomen had one hit and drew two walks in the game, while leaving two on base.
For Stockton (1-0)
- Hitting: Cosenzo (1-for-2, two RBI), Lobell (1-for-2, run, double), Thomas (1-for-2, run), Shaw (1-for-3, run)
- Pitching: Bibeault (win 1-0, five innings, one hit, zero runs, one walk and one strikeout), Samantha Huetter (save 1, two innings, zero hits, zero runs, one walk, one strikeout)
- Stockton did not commit an error, while working out five hits.
- The Ospreys had five hits, drew zero walks and stranded four runners on base.
- The hosts stole four bases in the win.
- Stockton played 22 games against NCAA Tournament teams in 2017 on its way to a 26-21-1 record as they reached the finals of the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) and ECAC Tournaments.
- The Ospreys left six on base, while the Shorewomen left seven on base.
Washington College 2 Stockton 1 (Game 2 – Five Innings)
How It Happened
- Shaw opened the bottom of the first with a walk and would come around to score on a one out grounder by Danielle Lugo to give the Ospreys a 1-0 lead. Stockton had runners at the corners with two away, but WC pitcher Rachel Butler got Lobell to hit a comebacker to end the frame.
- The Ospreys had runners at second and third in the bottom of the second following a double steal, but Butler got Massa to groundout to Stokes at shortstop to keep it a one-run game.
- Washington would tie the game in the top half of the third when Julia Hallman was able to beatdown a run down on a two-out single to right by Allyson Meil to tie the contest at 1-1. Lobell threw to Massa at the plate who then threw to Schieda at third to try to tag out Hallman. Hallman was able to beat Schieda's throw to the dish to knot the game. Meil would come around to score on a fielding error by Stockton on a ball put into play Elaina DiPrimio that gave the guests a 2-1 lead. Meil's hit was the Shorewomen's first of the second game.
- In the last of the fifth, Stockton had runners on a first and second with one out. Washington got a fielder's choice for the second out as Edwards forced Daniela Marinaro out at third. With two outs, Nicole Petrovich reached on a fielding error to load the bases. Butler would get out of the jam unscathed as she got Lobell to groundout to Kerrigan Buck at second to end the game as the contest was called after five innings due to darkness.
For The Shorewomen (1-1)
- Hitting: Edwards (1-for-1, walk), Meil (1-for-2, RBI, run, walk), Hallman (1-for-2, run)
- Pitching: Butler (win 1-0, complete game, one run, two earned, five hits, three walks, two strikeouts)
- The Shorewomen had seven three hits and worked out a pair of walks in the game as they left three on base.
- WC had one error in the field, but did not lead to a Stockton run.
For Stockton (1-1)
- Hitting: Massa (2-for-3), Shaw (1-for-2, run, walk), Lugo (RBI, walk), Scheida and Meg Murzello (1-for-2)
- Pitching: Marissa Semeraro (loss 0-1, complete game, five innings, three hits, two runs, one earned, two walks, three strikeout)
- The Ospreys had five hits and worked out three walks in the second game as they left eight stranded on the basepaths.
- Stockton committed one errors in the field and led to the game-winning Washington run.
- Butler chalked up her first career victory in game two for Washington in the circle as she tossed a career-best five innings. It was also her first complete game for the Shorewomen.
- The Ospreys stole four bases in the second game, while the Shorewomen swiped one. Stockton had eight total steals in the two-fer.
- The Shorewomen played the first two of their seven games they will play against NJAC schools this spring this afternoon. Washington will play William Paterson, The College of New Jersey and Kean in Florida in single games during spring break and will host Rutgers-Camden in a twinbill on March 26.
3/3 @ Salisbury – 12:00 p.m. (Salisbury University Softball Tournament)
3/3 v. Clarkson at Salisbury – 2:00 p.m. (Salisbury University Softball Tournament)
- Washington went 1-1 against both Salisbury and Clarkson last season when the tournament was known as the Sea Gull Classic. Washington's win over Salisbury ended a 19-year losing streak to the Sea Gulls, a span of 35 games when.