By Maegan White
Elm Staff Writer
On Saturday, April 8, the Shorewomen hosted conference competitor Muhlenberg College.
The Shorewomen swept the series beating Muhlenberg 0-1 and 3-2.
The first game remained scoreless until the bottom of the third inning when Welglarz hit a single, stole second, base and then reached home after two throwing errors from Muhlenberg. This was the first and only run of the game and the Shorewomen ended the series with a 1-0 win.
Freshman pitcher Brynn Balliet only allowed two hits from their competitor and earned one strike out in the seven inning game.
Muhlenberg started the game with a run from a fielding error from the Shorewomen. The Shorewomen responded with two runs in the bottom of the second.
Freshman Graclyn Goforth and sophomore Chloe Trefz advanced on the bases after a sacrifice bunt from freshman Dee Raffaelli. Senior Alyssa Vieira then hit a triple to center field advancing Goforth and Trefz across the plate. The Shorewomen ended the inning leading 2-1.
The Shorewomen increased their lead from a single RBI from Trefz in the third inning.
In the top of the seventh, Muglenberg attempted a comeback but fell short. The earned their last run of the game in the seventh with the first batter of the inning hitting a home run. The Shorewomen shut down any more advances with three consecutive outs to end the game.
Freshman Jenna Harper was the top performing defensive player for both games earning eight putouts in the first game and twelve in the second game. Terfz also led the Shorewomen defensively with four putouts and nine assisted outs over both games.
Earlier in the week, the Shorewomen played Haverford in a double header. They narrowly lost in the first game and tied in the second game.
Haverford took an early five point lead and entered the fifth inning leading 5-0.
In the fifth inning, the Shorewomen decreased the lead by scoring two runs. Senior Lexi Witmer hit an RBI followed by another RBI from Barnhart.
The sixth inning remained scoreless for both teams. In the seventh, the Shorewomen scored two more runs form RBI from Witmer. Solge was able to score off a wild pitch. However, the Shorewomen could not to tie the game and lost 5-4.
The second game of the series ended in a tie. The Shorewomen took the lead in the fourth inning from an RBI from Goforth.
The Shorewomen maintained their lead until the bottom of the sixth when Haverford scored two taking the lead 3-4.
The Shorewomen would score one more time to tie the game off of Barhart’s sacrifice RBI. Neither team scored in the eighth and the game ended in a 4-4 tie.
Head Coach Sally Snover reflected on the Shorewomen’s performance thus far and said, “Our team came fired up for conference play! I was really pleased with our performance in all aspects of the game – our pitching, hitting and defense were all working well. While it was really wonderful to see our team perform, it was right back to work as we have more big conference games this week!”
The team ended the weekend with an overall record of 12-14-1 and a conference record of 4-1-1.
The Shorewomen will host Swarthmore College on Saturday, April 15 for a double header.