OWINGS MILLS, Md. - For the first time this season, the Stevenson softball team was shutout as the Mustangs were limited to just nine hits in a non-conference doubleheader loss versus Gettysburg Thursday afternoon at Weinberg-Fine Stadium.
The Mustangs (3-5) dropped the opening game, 5-0 before allowing a seventh inning run in a 2-1 game two loss. It is the second straight home opening doubleheader loss for the team after being swept by Hood in last season's opener.
Gettysburg used back-to-back hits to start the game, including a double by Jamie Abell to place runners on second and third with no outs. Following an infield pop-up, Stevenson was able to throw out the go-ahead runner at the plate before a first-pitch fly out to end the inning.
After a leadoff walk by Abell in the third inning, the Bullets (10-4) took a 1-0 lead on an RBI double down the left field line by Meredith Taylor. The duo of Abell and Taylor went a combined 5-for-7 with four RBIs and four runs.
Senior Nicole Dell drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the third inning before a single by sophomore Erin Stephey put runners on first and second with just one out. But the Mustangs could not move the runners as the next two batters struck out and flied out, respectively.
Abell again had a leadoff hit as her double put Gettysburg in scoring position with no outs. Abell advanced to third on a foul out to left behind before scoring on a sacrifice fly.
Junior Alli Culp hit a leadoff single in the bottom of the fifth before Dell got on by a catcher's interference to put runners on first and second with no outs. But Stevenson left two more runners stranded after back-to-back strikeouts following a sacrifice bunt by freshman Haley Lennon.
For the sixth time, the Bullets put the leadoff runner on base, including the second double in the top of the seventh. An RBI single by Abell scored one run before Taylor brought two runs in with a home run to left field.
The Mustangs recorded a season-low three hits while recording no errors for the first time this season.
In game two, Gettysburg got on the board in the first inning on a two-out single. But Stevenson got the run right back in the bottom half of the inning on a leadoff home run by Stephey, the first of her career.
After three straight three-up, three-down inning over the third, fourth and fifth by junior pitcher Jasmyn Ogletree and the Mustangs, the Bullets had a runner on third with two outs in the sixth inning. But Ogletree got the next batter to fly-out to keep the score at 1-1.
Ogletree nearly had to go-ahead run as she hit one to the fence in right center but was held to just a single. Gettysburg was able to get the go ahead runner out at second a sacrifice bunt attempt by sophomore Kayla Maggio before freshman Morghan Fulton hit into a double play.
Sam Misurell drew a leadoff walk for the Bullets in the top of the seventh before the pinch runner moved to second on a sacrifice bunt to move the go-ahead run into scoring position. A wild pitch advanced the runner to third a sacrifice fly to centerfield scored the game-winning run.
The Mustangs had a chance in the bottom of the inning as the first two batters got on base, but the next three batters all flied out to right field to end the game.
Ogletree went 2-for-3 at the plate while scattering just five hits in the pitching circle with two strikeouts.
Stevenson returns to action on Saturday, March 25 when the Mustangs open MAC Commonwealth play when they host a doubleheader versus Arcadia beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Head coach Julia Culotta talks about the team's double-header versus Gettysburg.