Bullets Dominate Playoff Opener

WESTMINSTER, Md.  – Junior Aileen Reilly (Huntington Station, N.Y./St. Anthony's) struck out 10 and 10 players recorded a hit as Gettysburg College opened the Centennial Conference Softball Championship with a 9-0 victory over Washington College on Friday.
 
Gettysburg (26-12-1) advances to face Franklin & Marshall College (15-20), which defeated host McDaniel College (24-16-1) 3-2, Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The Green Terror will take on Washington (24-15) at 11 a.m.
 
After managing just 12 hits in a sweep at the hands of Washington in early April, the Bullets rapped out 17 base knocks in Friday's game. Senior Sam Misurell (Franklin Park, N.J./Bishop George Ahr) and junior Stephanie Leonardo (East Haddam, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall) each went 3-for-3 with the former driving in three runs. Sophomore Meredith Taylor (Hamilton, N.J./Northern Burlington) went 3-for-4 with one RBI.
 
Gettysburg wasted no time getting on the board with freshman Taylor Doi (Foster City, Calif./San Mateo) leading off with a single and scoring two batters later on a single by Taylor. Sophomore Sophia Blasius (Ramsey, N.J./Ramsey) brought in another run to make it 2-0 heading into the bottom of the first inning.
 
Washington posted a pair of hits in its first trip to the plate, but Reilly worked around the runners to post three strikeouts in the frame.
 
Junior Wendy Folfas (Westminster, Md./McDonogh) picked up her 100th career hit in front of the hometown crowd with a lead-off single in the third inning, one of two hits on the day for the junior first baseman. After the pinch-runner advanced to third on a pair of putouts, Misurell cashed in the RBI with a double to left-center to push the Bullets in front 3-0.
 
The Shorewomen threatened by putting two runners in scoring position in the third inning, but once again Reilly took care of business by striking out the final two batters.
 
Misurell tacked on another RBI single in the fifth inning and then the floodgates opened in the sixth as the Bullets scored five runs. Misurell and Leonardo each knocked in runs with base hits, while the remaining three came in on a pair of wild pitches and an error.
 
With a runner on base in the bottom of the sixth, Reilly mowed down the final two batters to post her third double-figure strikeout performance of the season. She allowed only five hits on the way to recording her sixth shutout and improving to 12-6.
 
Gettysburg swept Franklin & Marshall in a doubleheader at Bobby Jones Field on April 18. The Bullets won the opening game 4-0 behind a 13-strikeout performance by Reilly. Gettysburg won the nightcap 4-1. The winner of Saturday's meeting will advance to Sunday's championship final, while the loser will take on the winner between McDaniel and Washington in Saturday's final game.