CHESTERTOWN — Washington swept visiting Muhlenberg in a Centennial Conference softball twin bill on Saturday, 4-1 and 8-3. The locals have won four conference games in a row and five of the last six to improve to 6-4 in the CC; they are 8-8 overall.
Sally Snover ‘12 is the first-year head coach at her alma mater.
Freshman Lexi Barnhart (8-3) was a workhouse on the hill, going the distance in the opener and pitching the first four innings of the nightcap. She was named the conference’s Pitcher of the Week after scattering six hits and five walks in 11 innings and allowing just one earned run. She struck out 10.
Ashley Politza, another freshman, earned the save in game two.
In the first game, Lexie Witmer’s two-run single to left-center field in the last of the third inning staked the Shore ladies to a 2-1 lead. Hannah Solge singed home Julia Hallman with one away in the fourth and, two batters later, scored on Megan Robbins’ base hit to center.
Muhlenberg (4-10, 4-8 CC) failed to cash in after having the tying run at the plate in the top of the sixth with two away.
Barnhart gave up a one-out single in the top of the seventh, but retired the next two batters on pop flies to left-center field and third base, respectively, to end the game.
Washington outhit its guest, 10-4; junior outfielder Alyssa Vieira (4-for-4) led the way.
In the nightcap, the locals pushed eight runs across the plate — all unearned — in the home half of the second inning to give Barnhart and Politza all the run support that was needed. Washington scored six times with two away.
The key hits in the bat-around frame were Grace Moery’s three-run blast to center, Barnhart’s RBI double down the left field line and Amelia Mazza’s two-run single.
Muhlenberg broke up the shutout on Genna Cicchetti’s leadoff homer to left-center in the top of the fourth — one of the Mules’ two hits off of Barnhart.
In three innings of relief, Politza (two strikeouts) spaced out six hits and did not issue a walk.
Washington totaled 15 hits. Moery (2-for-3), Solge (2-for-4), Vieira (2-for-4), Mazza (3-for-3), Barnhart (2-for-2) and Chrissy Segrest (2-for-4) each had two or more hits.
At the conclusion of the game, Washington honored its four seniors: Hallman, Mazza, Moery and Segrest.
The Shore ladies wrap up their season Saturday, May 1 with a Centennial Conference doubleheader at Dickinson.