Patinella Homers In Both Ends of the Doubleheader
CHESTERTOWN, MD – Host Washington College and visiting Swarthmore split a pair of 4-3 Centennial Conference softball games at Washington College Softball Field on Tuesday afternoon. The Shorewomen are now 21-12 overall and 9-5 in the Centennial, while the Garnet are 18-14 and 3-9 respectively.
Washington has now won 21 games in a row for the third straight season and the fourth time overall, as the 1997 squad also recorded 21 victories. The 21 wins are the most wins in a single season for Shorewomen Softball.
In game one, the Shorewomen broke onto the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning when senior Paige Briganti (Severna Park, MD/Severna Park) scored on a single to centerfield by freshman Jaclyn Jayo (Peoria, AZ/Liberty) with one out to make it 1-0. Washington took a 2-0 lead in the last of the second when sophomore Suzanne Patinella (Fallston, MD/Maryvale Prep) launched a solo home run over the left-center field fence to lead off the inning.
Swarthmore got on the board in the top of the third with one out when Kate Smayda plated Clara Obstfeld on a single to third base to cut the lead to 2-1. The Shorewomen with one out in the bottom of the fifth took a 3-1 lead Jayo plated junior Claire Mattox (Arlington, VA/Potomac) on a sacrifice fly to center.
The Garnet tied it in the top half of the sixth with two outs when Suness Jones cracked a two-run homer to left-center to knot the game at 3-3 as Emma Madarasz scored ahead of her.
In the bottom of the seventh, Briganti led off the inning with a walk and took second on a sacrifice bunt. With one out, Swarthmore pitcher Melissa O'Connor intentionally walked junior Kylie Nottingham (Ocean City, MD/Stephen Decatur) to put runners on first and second. With Jayo at the plate, O'Connor uncorked a wild pitch to move Briganti and Kylie Nottingham to third and second respectively. Jayo hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Briganti and gave WC the walk-off victory.
Jayo had three RBI and Briganti scored two runs to spark the WC offense which had eight hits. In the circle, sophomore Christine Anderson (Palmer Lake, CO/Lewis-Palmer) got the win and improved to 8-4. She went the entire way, allowing just one earned run on nine hits, walking one and striking out four.
For Swarthmore, Danielle Seltzer had three hits and Jones drove in two as the team had nine hits. O'Connor took the loss for Swarthmore and drops to 10-6. She hurled a complete game, giving up eight hits, four runs, all earned, walking five and fanning five.
In game two, the Garnet took advantage of two errors by the Shorewomen to score three runs in the top of the first. Seltzer singled up the middle with one out to score Jones for the game's first run. The next batter, Rose Pitkin doubled to right-center to score Erin Curtis and Seltzer to give Swarthmore a 3-0 lead.
Washington tied it in the bottom of the second when Patinella hit a three-run home run to left-center with nobody out to also drive in Dockrill and Jayo to knot the score a 3-3.
The score would remain tied at 3-3 when with two outs, Samantha Bennett slapped a single up the middle to score Pitkin for the game-winning run.
Swarthmore got a 3-for-3 performance from Pitkin with two RBI and a 2-for-3 effort from Seltzer as they combined for five of the six hits by the Garnet. In the circle, Sarina Lowe got the win and is now 3-3. She allowed five hits, three earned run, walking four and strikeout out four.
Patinella had three RBI and Jayo had a pair of hits for the Shorewomen as they had five hits as a team. Anderson took the loss in the circle and drops to 8-5. She allowed four runs, just one earned though, as she went the entire way on six hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
The Shorewomen have their home regular season finale on Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. against visiting York (PA) in an out of conference softball doubleheader.