Ursinus racks up Ks, hits in sweep

Macedonia-Davis fans 24 in pair of complete-game wins over McDaniel

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Lauren Macedonia-Davis struck out 24 batters in a pair of complete-game efforts, leading Ursinus to a doubleheader sweep of McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) softball action on Sunday.

Macedonia-Davis fanned 13 in a three-hit shutout in the opening, leading the Bears (20-2, 10-0 CC) to a 5-0 win. In game two, she lost a second consecutive shutout bid in the seventh inning of a 5-2 victory.

Kelli Jerdan rapped out five hits in the two games, part of a 30-hit attack over the twinbill.

Beth Ann Fusco (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) notched two of the seven hits for the Green Terror (11-17, 1-7 CC), who have now dropped its last nine game and have scored just nine runs in the last eight games of that stretch.

In game one, Macedonia-Davis struck out three of the first six batters she faced before Caitlin Higgins led off the visitor third with a single.

After a sacrifice, Amy Gentile doubled Higgins home for a 1-0 lead.

With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Fusco and Jordan Beans (Hanover, Pa./Hanover) put together back-to-back hits on the Bears in which neither ball travelled past the pitching circle but Macedonia-Davis’s fifth strikeout stranded the pair at second and third.

A Jerdan single and Kelly Kalovcak double stretched the lead to 2-0 in the fifth before a Jamie Miles single, sacrifice and Kate Kehoe pinch-hit single to the gap in left-center made it 3-0 in the sixth.

A bunt single, error on the sacrifice attempt and three straight singles led to two more runs in the seventh.

Erinne Warrenfeltz (Smithsburg, Md./Middletown) led off the home seventh with a single to shallow center. An error and passed ball put runners at second and third but Macedonia-Davis’s final two strikeouts and a groundout preserved the shutout.

In the nightcap, three straight singles and an error made it 2-0 before an out was recorded. An RBI groundout and bunt single stretched the lead to 4-0 at the end of the inning.

Three straight singles and a dropped liner with two outs and the bases loaded stretched the lead to 5-0 in the fourth.

Ashley Crawford (New Market, Md./Linganore) led off the home sixth with a single into center to break up the no-hitter but four more strikeouts around a pair of wild pitches kept the shutout in tact.

Hope Battista (Crofton, Md./South River) was hit by a pitch to lead off the seventh inning before singles from Fusco and Leigh Blohm (Bel Air, Md./Toms River North [N.J.]) loaded the bases for Tracy Davis (Christianburg, Va./Christianburg), who singled through the right side to trim the deficit to 5-2 with nobody out.

A pair of groundouts around the 24th strikeout of the day ended the threat.

The Green Terror returns to action in a doubleheader at Dickinson on Tuesday. The first game of the doubleheader begins at 5 p.m.

Score by Inning – Game One            1            2            3            4            5            6            7            -            R            H            E
Ursinus (19-2, 9-0 CC)            0            0            1            0            1            1            2            -            5            16            1
McDaniel (11-16, 1-6 CC)            0            0            0            0            0            0            0            -            0            3            2

Lauren Macedonia-Davis and Emelie McFarland; Ashley Meister and Hope Battista. WP: Macedonia-Davis (15-1). LP: Meister (6-5). S: none. SO-BB: Macedonia-Davis 13-0; Meister 3-0. 2B: Amy Gentile (U), Kelli Jerdan (U), Kelly Kalovcak (U).

Score by Inning – Game Two            1            2            3            4            5            6            7            -            R            H            E
Ursinus (20-2, 10-0 CC)            4            0            0            1            0            0            0            -            5            14            0
McDaniel (11-17, 1-7 CC)            0            0            0            0            0            0            2            -            2            4            4

Lauren Macedonia-Davis and Emelie McFarland, Rachael Vietheer (4); Lauren Fusco, Erinne Warrenfeltz (1), Kaitlyn Vadenais (7) and Leigh Blohm, Devon Fogarty (6). WP: Macedonia-Davis (16-1). LP: Fusco (1-2). S: none. SO-BB: Macedonia-Davis 11-2; Fusco 0-1, Warrenfeltz 2-1, Vadenais 1-0.