March 23, 2013

Shorewomen Make History In Blanking Diplomats Twice In CC Opener, 9-0 and 5-0

Washington Shuts Out Opponent In Both Ends of Doubleheader For The First Time

LANCASTER, PA – Sophomores Kristin Cooper (Georgetown, DE/Sussex Central) and Christine Anderson (Palmer Lake, CO/Lewis-Palmer) each pitched a shutout as Washington College blanked Franklin & Marshall in a Centennial Conference softball doubleheader, 9-0 in game one in five innings due to the eight-run rule and 5-0 in game two, on Saturday afternoon at Baker Campus Field.  The Shorewomen improve to 12-3 overall and 2-0 in the conference, while the Diplomats fall to 4-10 and 0-2 respectively as it was the Centennial Conference opener for both teams.

The pair of shutouts is the first time Washington College has ever blanked an opponent in both ends of a doubleheader.  The closest the team came to recording a doubleheader whitewashing was on April 16, 2009 when the Shorewomen swept Swarthmore, 1-0 and 4-1.  It is the first time Washington has recorded consecutive shutouts since April 15 and 17, 1996.  On April 15, the Shorewomen blanked Wesley in game two, 21-0, and two days later in game one they shut out Haverford by the same 21-0 score.  The program has been varsity at Washington College since 1985.

In game one, Washington scored four times in the top of the third inning to take a 4-0 lead.  With nobody out, freshman Paige Briganti (Severna Park, MD/Severna Park) singled home sophomore Molly Gallagher (Abingdon, MD/Edgewood) with the game's first run.  The Shorewomen took a 2-0 lead when junior Kylie Nottingham (Ocean City, MD/Stephen Decatur) hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score freshman Clare Hofstedt (Severna Park, MD/Severna Park).  Cooper singled home Briganti to make it 3-0 and senior Lindsey Glascock (Glenwood, MD/Glenelg) came home on an error for the fourth and final run of the frame.

The Shorewomen added five runs in the top of the fifth to close out the scoring.  With one away, Cooper doubled in freshman Brittany Hubbard (Hurlock, MD/North Dorchester) to make it 5-0 and Anderson singled home Kylie Nottingham to push the lead to 6-0.  Freshman Jaclyn Jayo (Peoria, AZ/Liberty) closed out the scoring when she launched a three-run home run to plate freshman Jennifer Hanner (Lancaster, PA/Penn Manor) and Anderson.  Cooper would hold the Diplomats to just one hit in the last of the fifth to complete the shutout.

Cooper would allow just a pair of hits in improving to 7-2 on the season as she went all the way for the seventh time in 2013.  In recording her fourth shutout of the season, she walked two and struck out five.  Jayo was 2-for-2 with three RBI in the win and Cooper was 2-for-3 with two RBI.  WC had nine hits in the game one win.

Justine Lohrey took the loss and drops to 3-3 for the Diplomats as she went the entire way.  Eight of the nine runs she allowed were earned.

In game two, junior Lauren Dockrill (San Diego, CA/Cathedral Catholic) doubled to left field to score Hanner with nobody out to make it 1-0 in top half of the fourth and Dockrill would score on a two-out fielding error by F&M for the second run of the frame and put WC ahead by a 2-0 score.

In the top of the fifth, Washington scored three times to make it 5-0 and close out the scoring.  Cooper scored junior Claire Mattox (Arlington, VA/Potomac School) on a squeeze bunt to make it 3-0 with one away.  Kylie Nottingham came home on a wild pitch to give the Shorewomen a 4-0 lead and with two outs Anderson scored on a Jayo single to close out the scoring.

F&M loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, but Anderson struck out Lohrey looking to end the threat and preserved the shutout.  Anderson closed out the historic day when she got Danielle Murphy to fly out to Briganti in center for the final out and capped the doubleheader whitewashing sweep.

Anderson, Dockrill and Jayo all had two hits in the second game as the team had nine hits in the nightcap.  In the circle, Anderson got the win to improve to 4-1 as she fired her second shutout of the season.  She scattered four hits, walked two in striking out five in going the distance for the sixth time this year.

Sam DeNoville went 3-for-3 for the Diplomats in game two and had the game-high.  In the circle, Kaitlin Zampino took the loss and falls to 1-6.  She allowed five runs, three earned, walking four and striking out two.

The Shorewomen swept the Diplomats for the second straight season and have taken four in a row from F&M for the first time since sweeping a pair of twinbills in 2005 and 2006.

WC has its home opener on Tuesday afternoon with a doubleheader versus Delmarva rival Wesley.  The first pitch of the non-conference doubleheader is slated for 3:00 p.m.

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