Rachel Sidney © 2011 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Rachel Sidney © 2011 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

McDaniel splits doubleheader with Dickinson

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Rachel Sidney (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) rapped out three hits with an RBI to lead McDaniel to a doubleheader split with Dickinson in Centennial Conference (CC) softball action on Tuesday.

The Green Terror (7-11, 2-2 CC) notched a 4-2 victory in the opener before the Red Devils (8-10, 3-1 CC) bounced back for a 2-0 win in game two.

Chelsea Homa tossed a three-hit shutout in the nightcap, striking out five batters for Dickinson.

Sara Erlichman (Bedford, Pa./Mercersburg Academy) went the distance in game one, fanning three to pick up the fourth win of her rookie campaign.

Trailing 2-1, McDaniel took advantage of three Red Devil error to plate three runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Tracy Davis (Christiansburg, Va./Christiansburg) led off the inning with a walk. After a strikeout, Davis reached second safely on a throwing error that put runners at first and second with one out.

Davis gave way to pinch-runner Leigh Blohm (Bel Air, Md./Toms River North [N.J.]) before Erlichman singled into right field, plating Blohm from second.

A misplay allowed Beth Ann Fusco (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) to cross with the go-ahead run and put Erlichman at second.

With two outs, Jordan Beans (Hanover, Pa./Hanover) singled up the middle to score Erlichman with an insurance run.

A Fusco single and Sidney RBI double in the bottom of the third staked the Green Terror to a 1-0 lead before Dickinson countered with four straight singles in the top of the fourth.

Madison Garish  poked a one-out single through the left side before Melissa Osborn and Ari Coulter followed with hits of their own to load the bases for Denise Haines, who dropped a singled into right field, knotting the game at 1-all.

An Emma Murtaugh one-out solo home run gave the visitors a 2-1 edge in the top of the fifth.

In the nightcap, a pair of runs in the fourth inning was all Homa needed to get Dickinson the split.

Carly Jordan led off with a single before Murtaugh followed with a double the wall in left-center to put runners at second and third.

An RBI groundout from Alesha Sisco and a throwing error allowed Murtaugh to tack on a second run.

Homa and McDaniel's Ashley Meister (Vienna, Va./James Madison) matched zeros the rest of the way with only the Green Terror's Megan Elfert (Finksburg, Md./Westminster) reaching third base in the bottom of the second in any of the other 13 half-innings.

McDaniel returns to action at home against Franklin & Marshall on Saturday. The first game of the doubleheader begins at 1 p.m.

Score by Inning – Game One    1    2    3    4    5    6    7    -     R   H   E
Dickinson (7-10, 2-1 CC)              0    0    0    1    1    0    0    -     2    12  4
McDaniel (7-10, 2-1 CC)               0    0    1    0    3    0    x    -     4    5    1

Allison Jordan and Emma Murtaugh; Sara Erlichman and Leigh Blohm. WP: Erlichman (4-1). LP: Jordan (3-4). S: none. SO-BB: Jordan 4-1; Erlichman 3-0.

Score by Inning – Game Two     1    2    3    4    5    6    7    -     R   H   E
Dickinson (8-10, 3-1 CC)              0    0    0    2    0    0    0    -     2    5    0
McDaniel (7-11, 2-2 CC)               0    0    0    0    0    0    0    -     0    3    1

Chelsea Homa and Carly Jordan; Ashley Meister and Tracy Davis. WP: Homa (4-3). LP: Meister (2-6). S: none. SO-BB: Homa 5-1; Meister 2-2.