Buchanan Tosses No-Hitter, Hawks Sweep Bowie State
The Chowan Softball team finished off regular season action strong as Shannon Buchanan tossed a no-hitter to sweep Bowie State on Sunday afternoon to cap off an undefeated CIAA Northern Division season.
FINAL GAME ONE | Chowan 8, Bowie State 0 (five innings)
FINAL GAME TWO | Chowan 12, Bowie State 1 (five innings)
RECORDS | Chowan 19-20 (15-2), Bowie State 7-19 (7-10)
LOCATION | Bowie, Md. (Jericho Park)
INSIDE THE BOXSCORES
Shannon Buchanan picked up the win in the night cap tossing 5.0 no-hit innings allowing an unearned run with two walks and seven strikeouts. Buchanan tossed the program's 13th no-hitter and the team's second during the weekend. It is the second time in program history that a pitcher threw a no-hitter and allowed a run.
EmaRae Flores picked up the shutout in game one allowing seven hits in 5.0 innings in the shutout.
Haley Cooper and Brittany Parson led the offensive attack with five hits each. Both picked up a double while Parson recorded four RBI on the afternoon.
Beth Walker went 3-4 at the plate in the night cap driving in three RBI with a double and a triple.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Game One: Chowan 8, Bowie State 0 (five innings)
The Hawks loaded the bases to start the contest as Haley Cooper and Lindsey Stigler picked up singles. Beth Walker drew a walk before Brittany Parson picked up a RBI single. Another run would score on a wild pitch for the 2-0 lead.
Bowie State would threaten in the bottom of the first as the first batter reached on an error and moved to third on a passed ball. The runner would be erased on a double play.
Chowan would strike for two more in the second inning as Haley Cooper sparked the rally with a one-out single. Beth Walker would draw a walk before Lindsey Stigler doubled home a run and Brittany Parson singled home a run to push the lead to 4-0.
In the third inning, Chowan would plate four more runs to take control of the contest, 8-0. EmaRae Flores would reach on an infield single and Hannah Naifeh reached on a fielder's choice. Flores and Naifeh moved into scoring position on a wild pitch before Donya Salman hit a sac fly to plate Flores. Naifeh would score on Haley Cooper's single to left. An error on the play allowed Cooper to move to third for Beth Walker to drive home the run with a single. Jesse Gentry singled to left center and Lindsey Stigler reached on an error to load the bases. Brittany Parson hit a sac fly for the final run.
The Bulldogs threatened in the bottom half with three hits to load the bases. EmaRae Flores was able to get out of the inning with a pair of groundouts.
Bowie State loaded the bases again in the fourth inning, but Donya Salman hauled in all three flyouts to preserve the shutout.
Game Two: Chowan 12, Bowie State 1 (five innings)
Chowan jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Beth Walker and Jesse Gentry singled and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Lindsey Stigler doubled to plate two runs and later scored on Brittany Parson's single. Miranda Glover reached after getting hit by a pitch. Shannon Buchanan reached on an error allowing Parson to score. A passed ball would score Glover. Donya Salman would be hit by a pitch before Haley Cooper singled to left to plate Buchanan for the advantage.
Bowie State threatened in the bottom of the first as two errors put runners in scoring position. Shannon Buchanan pitched out of the jam with two groundouts.
Jesse Gentry would spark a rally in the second inning with a walk. Gentry moved to third after a groundout and a single by Brittany Parson. Gentry would score on a wild pitch. The Hawks added a run in the third inning as Haley Cooper and Beth Walker doubled in back-to-back at-bats to lead 8-0.
The Hawks opened up a 12-0 lead in the fourth inning as Brittany Parson and Miranda Glover doubled to start the inning. Shannon Buchanan reached on an error to plate a run. Hannan Naifeh singled and Donya Salman drew a walk. Beth Walker would plate two runs on a two-out triple for the large lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, Bowie State would score their lone tally in the contest without recording a hit. The first batter would draw a walk and moved to third on an error. A groundout allowed the run to score to cut into the deficit 12-1.
Shannon Buchanan would cap off the no-hitter with two strikeouts and a pop up.