DiPrimio Caps Off Sweep With Walk-Off Grand Slam
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Host Washington College kept its Centennial Conference Tournament hopes alive with a Centennial Conference softball doubleheader sweep of visiting Franklin & Marshall on Saturday afternoon at Washington College Softball Field. The Shorewomen completed the sweep with a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning off the bat of senior Elaina DiPrimio (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin) to win 7-3 and won the opening game, 6-0. Washington head coach Lacey Lister won her 200th game as the head coach of Shorewomen Softball with the game two win. The Shorewomen are 14-20 overall and 6-8 in the Centennial, while the Diplomats conclude their regular season at 17-21 and 8-8 respectively.
Washington College 6 Franklin & Marshall 0 (Game 1)
How It Happened
- Taylor Harcum scored on a wild pitch with one out in the bottom of the first inning to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.
- Washington scored five times in the last of the fourth with two away to break open the game. Harcum would deliver a three-run double to the gap in right-center to score Allyson Meil, Grace Moery and Leah Stokes to make it 4-0 and the next hitter Caroline Braungard hit her first career home run with a long ball to center to also score Harcum to make it 6-0 and provide the final margin.
For The Shorewomen (13-20, 5-8 CC)
- Hitting: Harcum (3-for-4, three RBI, two runs), Braungard (1-for-2, two RBI, home run), Meil (2-for-3, run).
- Pitching: Harcum (win 6-12, six innings, one hit, zero runs, one walk, three strikeouts)
- Washington committed one error in game one.
- The Shorewomen had 10 hits and drew zero walks in the game, while leaving four on base.
For Franklin & Marshall (17-20, 8-5 CC)
- Hitting: Ryan Correa and Katie Wenger (1-for-3)
- Pitching: Izzy Schaefer (loss 13-10, 3 2/3 innings, eight hits, six runs, six earned, zero walks, three strikeouts)
- Franklin & Marshall had one error in the opener, but did not lead to a Washington run.
- The Diplomats had two hits and drew one walk, while stranding four on base.
- Harcum was named the Goose Nation TV Shorewomen Player of the Game during the broadcast.
Washington College 7 Franklin & Marshall 3 (Game 2 – Nine Innings)
How It Happened
- F&M scored twice in the top of the first before an out was recorded. Sam Clemens scored on a base hit to right by Wenger and Wenger would come home on a wild pitch to lead 2-0.
- The Diplomats pushed their lead to 3-0 when Wenger doubled to left-center with two away to score Ella Glenn.
- Washington scored twice with nobody out in the last of the second when Meil singled up the middle to score Julia Hallman and Jamie Morris to trim the lead to 3-2.
- The Shorewomen tied it at 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Harcum with nobody away to drive in Moery.
- In the top of the seventh, F&M had runners on the corners with one out, but Harcum got Crystal Good to line into a double play to keep it 3-3.
- WC's rally in the ninth began with two outs and nobody on with a single by Stokes. Harcum and Chrissy Segrest would work out walks and DiPrimio would come up to the plate and DiPrimio would take the 3-1 pitch from F&M's Sabrina Ryan over the centerfield fence to score Stokes, Harcum and Braungard, who re-entered following Segrest's walk, for the walk-off grand slam.
For The Shorewomen (14-20, 6-8 CC)
- Hitting: DiPrimio (3-for-5, four RBI, grand slam home run), Meil (two RBI)
- Pitching: Harcum (win 7-12, six innings, five hits, zero runs and walks, three strikeouts), Maddie Bennett (three-plus innings, six hits, three runs, three earned, two walks, five strikeouts)
- The Shorewomen had 10 hits in the game and drew four walks as they left six on base.
- WC had one error in the field, leading to zero Franklin & Marshall runs.
For Franklin & Marshall (17-21, 8-8 CC)
- Hitting: Glenn (2-for-4, run), Wenger (3-for-5, two RBI), Lexi Piccinich (2-for-5)
- Pitching: (Ryan, complete game 8 2/3 innings, 10 hits, seven runs, seven earned, four walks, five strikeouts)
- The Diplomats had 11 hits, drew two walks and had one player reach via hit by pitch, while stranding 10 on base.
- Franklin & Marshall committed one error in the field, but did not lead to any unearned runs.
- DiPrimio was named was named the Goose Nation TV Shorewomen Player of the Game during the broadcast.
- Washington swept F&M for the third straight season.
- Harcum became the second Washington pitcher to notch 300 career strikeouts when she fanned Piccinich in the top of the fourth inning. She joins Kristin Cooper '15 as the only two Shorewomen to strike out 300 career hitters as Cooper struck out 429 in her career.
- Lister, who won her 200th game in her 10th season as coach of the softball team, joins Tom Finnegan (378 – men's basketball), Ed Athey (330 – baseball and 218 – men's soccer), J. Thomas Kiber (299 – baseball and 278 – men's basketball), Al Streelman (219 – baseball) and Kim Lessard (204 – women's swimming) as Washington coaches to win 200 or more games in one sport. She has 249 combined wins at WC as she won 49 as the volleyball head coach from 2009-12.
4/29 @ Muhlenberg – 1:00 p.m. (Centennial Conference Doubleheader)
- Regular season and conference finale.
- Washington must win both games tomorrow or F&M gets the fourth and final spot in the conference tournament. The Shorewomen have never beaten the Mules more than once in a season. Either WC or F&M will join Gettysburg, McDaniel and Haverford in the Centennial Conference Softball Tournament which will take place next Friday-Sunday at top seed Gettysburg.