KISSIMMEE, FL – Junior Kylie Nottingham (Ocean City, MD/Stephen Decatur) recorded her 100th career hit on a home run against Mount St. Joseph and sophomore Kristin Cooper (Georgetown, DE/Sussex Central) parked two home runs versus Sage as the Washington College softball team won a pair of games today in the Rebel Spring Games at the Osceola County Sports Complex. The Shorewomen downed Mount St. Joseph, 8-1, and blanked Sage in five innings due to the eight-run rule, 10-0.
The Shorewomen are now 7-1 on the season and off to their best start since 1999 when they started 7-1 after winning their first seven that spring.
Against Mount St. Joseph (1-2), the Shorewomen scored twice in the bottom of the first inning to take the lead for good with a pair of two out runs. Freshman Jaclyn Jayo (Peoria, AZ/Liberty) scored on a base hit off the bat of sophomore Christine Anderson (Palmer Lake, CO/Lewis-Palmer) and Cooper came home on a passed ball for the frame's second run. Washington tacked on two more in the last of the second when Kylie Nottingham recorded her 100th career hit on a one-out two-run homer to also drive in sophomore Kelsey Graham (Dunkirk, MD/Northern) and put WC up 4-0. She is the 15th Washington softball player to record 100 career hits. The most recent WC player prior to Kylie Nottingham to reach 100 all-time hits was junior Lauren Dockrill (San Diego, CA/Cathedral Catholic) who reached the milestone on April 14, 2012 versus Gettysburg in game one of the twinbill.
The Lions broke onto the scoreboard in the top of the third when Tanya Sefton scored on a squeeze play off the bat Mallory Wright to cut the lead to 4-1.
WC made it 5-1 in the last of the fourth when freshman Paige Briganti (Severna Park, MD/Severna Park) singled home freshman Jennifer Hanner (Lancaster, PA/Penn Manor) with two outs. The Shorewomen tacked on three more in the last of the fifth to complete the scoring and go up 8-1. Sophomore Molly Gallagher (Abingdon, MD/Edgewood) scored on a passed ball to make it 6-1 with one out. Still with one away, Dockrill socked a two-run double to chase home senior Lindsey Glascock (Glenwood, MD/Glenelg) to make it 7-1. With two outs, Dockrill scored on a fielding error to round out the scoring.
Kylie Nottingham went 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Briganti was 2-for-4. Eight different Shorewomen scored in the game. In the circle, Anderson got the win and is now 2-1. She tossed a complete game, her third of the year, scattering five hits. She struck out four, walked two and surrendered just one run.
Sefton and Paige Norton had two hits each for the Lions. Erica D'Arcy took the loss in the circle and is now 0-2. She allowed eight runs, however just three were earned, while giving up nine hits.
In the victory over Sage (1-2), the Shorewomen took a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Cooper socked a two-run two-out home run with Jayo scoring ahead of her to make it 2-0.
The Gators threatened in the bottom of the second as they loaded the bases with nobody out. Courtney Laughlin hit into a fielder's choice to Jayo and Jayo threw to Kylie Nottingham at home to cut off Karlie Williams for the first out. Then Tricia Gaulin hit a fly ball to Graham for the second out and Sage sent Rachel Smith to the plate, but Graham's throw beat Smith to the plate and Kylie Nottingham tagged out Smith to complete the double play.
Cooper hit her second home run of the day in the top of the third to put WC up 3-0 with one out. Cooper is the first Shorewoman to go yard twice in a game since Kylie Nottingham went deep twice in a contest on April 9, 2011 in the first game against Dickinson.
Cooper kept up her hitting barrage when she roped a two-run double with two away in the top of the fourth to drive in Briganti and Jayo to make it 5-0.
The Shorewomen tacked on five more runs in the top of the fifth to provide the final margin. Highlighting the five-run rally was a two-run single by Briganti that made it 8-0. Cooper retired the Gators in order in the last of the fifth to complete the win as the game ended due to the eight-run rule.
Cooper had a career-high two home runs, five RBI and 10 total bases in the game as she went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. The three hits ties her career best. Briganti had two runs scored and a pair of RBI, while Jayo scored twice. Anderson recorded a pair of hits for Washington as the team had 10 hits. In the circle, Cooper got the win to improve to 4-0. She went the distance, allowing six hits, walking two and fanning three.
For Sage, Kelsey Newberg took the loss and drops to 0-2 as she went just 2 2/3 innings.
The win over Sage was Washington's third five-inning victory of the season due to the eight-run rule.
The Shorewomen are back in action tomorrow as they play Transylvania at 9:00 a.m. and Webster at 1:00 p.m. at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, FL.