Haverford College sophomore Brittany Stevenson didn’t want to jinx it.
“I was thinking about [it] during the game, but I didn’t want to talk about it too much, I wanted to keep it simple,” said Stevenson.
The pitcher threw her first perfect game and the first in the college’s history at home on Thursday against Gwynedd-Mercy College, the Fords beating the Griffins 10-0 in five innings.
“Brittany is the hardest working kid I may have ever met,” said softball Coach Jennifer Ward of the young pitcher.
During the game, the second of a double header, Ward was so wrapped up in the offense and defense, she didn’t realize that Stevenson had thrown a perfect game until afterwards.
“She’s given us a chance to win every game and it was so exciting to see it come together this way for her,” Ward said, and that the hitting and fielding that they were lacking earlier in the season finally caught up to Stevenson’s pitching.
Besides her determination, Stevenson is known for her sarcasm, says senior catcher Erin Delany, and for being a supportive teammate. She retired an impressive six batters but acknowledges “there were a lot of great plays in the infield that kept us going and a lot of great hits.”
Coach Ward hopes the momentum of the win will carry the young team through a successful second half of the season.