Presidents Open 2012 Softball Season In Maryland
SALISBURY, Md. – Freshman first baseman Paige Deley (Coraopolis, Pa./Montour) homered in her first career at-bat and had a combined three hits, but Washington & Jefferson College dropped its first two softball games of the season Friday in the opening day of the Salisbury Sea Gull Tournament.
The Presidents suffered a 5-4 loss in eight innings to Baruch during the morning game and then were blanked by Salisbury in the afternoon 6-0.
Deley drove in a pair of runs in the loss to Baruch, including a solo home run in the second inning.
W&J extended its lead to 3-0 in the fifth inning after sophomore catcher Kelsey Cunningham’s (McMurray, Pa./Peters Township) two-run double.
Baruch (1-3) cut the lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth following Toniann Donde’s two-run homer. W&J was one out away from earning its first win in a season opener since 2006, but an error led to a Bearcat run and forced extra innings.
Deley brought home junior second baseman Stephanie Zur (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) after reaching on a fielder’s choice in the eighth to give W&J the lead back, but Baruch rallied with two runs in the bottom of the eighth, the last of which came on Carmen Pagan-Colon’s two-out double.
Sophomore Madison Rotto (Sarver, Pa./Freeport) took the loss on the mound after pitching 7 2/3 innings and allowing three earned runs on nine hits. She struck out seven and walked five. The Presidents were hurt by four errors.
The second game was a pitcher’s duel for five innings between W&J junior Erin Shuman (Chester, W. Va./Oak Glen) and Salisbury’s duo of Kathryn Larson and Rachel Johnson.
The Sea Gulls (8-3) finally broke through in the top of the sixth with three runs, the first two on Hannah Mills’ two-run homer. Salisbury added three insurance runs in the seventh.
Shuman pitched the complete game and allowed five earned runs (eight walks) on five hits. Johnson fanned six Presidents in three innings of one-hit relief to pick up the win.
Deley led the W&J lineup against Salisbury with a 2-for-2 day at the plate, both singles. Freshman right fielder Emily Koran (Mayfield Heights, Ohio/Mayfield) recorded the Presidents’ only other base hit.
Washington & Jefferson is back in action again in Maryland tomorrow when facing King’s (Noon) and Stevenson (2:00 pm).