Shorewomen Defeat Eastern Mennonite, 7-3, and New Paltz, 9-4
SALEM, Va. -- Senior first baseman Lauren Dockrill (San Diego, Calif./Cathedral Catholic) broke the school record for career hits as the Washington College softball team opened its 2014 season with a pair of wins at the Moyer Sports Complex in Salem, Va., this afternoon. The Shorewomen began the day with a 7-3 win over Eastern Mennonite in their first game before beating New Paltz, 9-4, in their second game.
Washington took a 2-0 lead against Eastern Mennonite in the top of the third inning when senior catcher Kylie Nottingham (Ocean City, Md./Stephen Decatur) and Dockrill drove in sophomore Sadie Robertson (Cape May Court House, N.J./Middle Township) and sophomore outfielder Paige Briganti (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) with back-to-back RBI singles. The Royals evened things up in the bottom of the frame when Brooke Hensley hit a two-run home run. Washington took the lead for good in the top of the fifth innings when junior Suzanne Patinella (Fallston, Md./Maryvale Prep) drove in Nottingham with a single and junior pitcher Kristin Cooper (Georgetown, Del./Sussex Central) doubled in Dockrill, both with two outs.
A two-run double by Briganti, which drove in freshman third baseman Caitlyn Kirby (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie) and sophomore Brittney Hubbard (Hurlock, Md./North Dorchester), and Nottingham double that drove in Briganti extended the Washington lead to 7-2 in the top of the sixth inning. Nicolette Cuevas scored on an error in the bottom of the seventh to provide the final margin.
Nottingham finished the game 3-for-4 at the plate for the Shorewomen with a double, two RBI, and a run scored. Briganti was 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI, and two runs scored, while Dockrill went 2-for-3 with a run scored, an RBI, a walk, and two solon bases. Cooper pitched the first four innings and picked up the win, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks while striking out two batters. Sophomore pitcher Sydnee Schorr (Easton, Md./Easton) pitched the final three innings and was credited with the save, allowing one run on three hits and two walks while striking out two.
Brooke Sigrist was the only Royal to finish with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 in the loss. Jordan Aylor, who pitched the first five innings for the Royals, took the loss. She gave up six runs on eight hits and four walks while striking out six batters.
Against New Paltz, Washington took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Patinella drove in Dockrill and Nottingham with a two-out, two-run double. The Hawks got a run back in the top of the second as Noelle Grande led off the inning with a triple and was singled in by Taylor Corwin. Washington plated three runs Briganti drove in Cooper with a single and Nottingham drove in Briganti and Kirby with a single. New Paltz cut the lead to 5-2 when Meg Brewer doubled in Jordan Fiore in the top of the third inning.
In the top of the fifth inning, Kiersten Carlomango drove in Chelsea Kull with a single and Grande drove in Brewer with another single, both with no outs, to pull the Hawks to within a run at 5-4. With no outs and two runners on, Schorr came on in relief of junior Christine Anderson (Palmer Lake, Colo./Lewis-Palmer) and retired the next three batters in order, the final two on strikeouts, to end the frame.
In the bottom of the fifth, senior shortstop Claire Mattox (Arlington, Va./Potomac School) drove in Dockrill - who reached on a single for her school record-tying 167th career hit to lead off the inning - to make the score 6-4. In the bottom of the sixth, Nottingham singled in Briganti before Dockrill doubled in Nottingham for her school record-breaking 168th career hit to extend the lead to 8-4. Dockrill advanced to third on a single by junior second baseman Kelsey Graham (Dunkirk, Md./Northern) and scored on the play on an error by New Paltz right fielder Erika Traina to open up a 9-4 lead.
Dockrill finished the game 3-for-4 at the plate with a double, three runs scored, and an RBI. Nottingham was 2-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base, three RBI, and two runs scored, while Patinella went 2-for-2 with a double and two RBI. Anderson picked up the win for the Shorewomen, allowing four runs on 10 hits and a walk while striking out three batters in four innings pitched. Schorr again got the save, allowing no runs on one hit and three walks while striking out three batters in three innings of work.
Grande went 3-for-4 with a triple, a run scored, an RBI, and a stolen base in the loss for the Hawks. Shayna Burgess was 2-for-3 with a triple and a walk, while Fiore finished 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored. Carlomango took the loss for New Paltz, allowing seven runs on nine hits and three walks in five innings pitched.
April Podolinsky set the previous Washington College career record for hits with 167 from 1997-2000. Podolinsky was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame last October.
The Shorewomen will play two more games in Salem tomorrow, at 9:00 a.m. against Allegheny and at 1:00 p.m. against host Roanoke. Like the Shorewomen, both of those teams played in the 2013 NCAA Division III Tournament.