By Brian Klose
Elm Staff Writer
While much of the student body spent spring break at home relaxing, the Washington College softball team headed down to Winter Haven, Fla. for a week of tough non-conference games to begin their promising season. Projected to place second in the Centennial Conference, the team split the week 5-5, with a pair of wins over Beloit College and wins against Mitchell, Hiram, and Muskingum.
Junior Paige Briganti joined the exclusive 100 Hits Club during the win against Hiram. Briganti is the 19th Shorewoman to have at least 100 career hits.
For many of the spring break matchups, the Shorewomen came out swinging. Four of their five wins were by at least five runs, including an 8-0 shutout against Mitchell. Overall, junior Claire Hofstedt led the team with 11 earned runs.
Against Muskingum, the Shorewomen made their first big comeback win of the season. The Muskies scored three runs at the top of the first inning, leaving the Shorewomen in a sizable deficit. After a scoreless second inning, senior Christine Anderson put WC on the board with a bases-loaded walk. Freshman Hannah Spohn tied the game at 3-3 with a two-run double. The Shorewomen gained their first lead of the game when senior Kristin Cooper scored from second base on a two-out error at the bottom of the fifth inning.
After their Centennial Conference double-header against host Franklin & Marshall was postponed due to snow, the Shorewomen opened at home with a pair of games against visiting Alvernia. The Crusaders shutout WC in both games, dropping the Shorewomen to 5-7.
In the 0-2 loss, Cooper fell to 4-2 as she threw nine strikeouts and five walks. In the following loss, freshman Taylor Harcum lost her career opener as she threw for three strikeouts and no walks. The batting was absent from this game as the Shorewomen only recorded four hits throughout the game.
Washington College takes on Muhlenberg in a doubleheader at home this weekend at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 28.