NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – It may not have been in extra innings but it is clear McDaniel has a flair for the dramatic at the 2012 NCAA Division III softball regional at Christopher Newport.
On Sunday, the Green Terror (30-13) faced a 2-0 deficit in the bottom of the seventh inning when Amy Baumgardner (Hanover, Pa./South Western) won a 10-pitch at bat with a grand slam down the right-field line for a 4-2 win.
For Baumgardner, it was her second hit of the day and second grand slam of the season. McDaniel once again got a masterful pitching performance from Caroline Brehm (Hanover, Pa./New Oxford), who struck out 12 to give her 368 for the season and move her into eighth place in Division III single-season history.
Rachel Johnson made it a pitchers' duel most of the way, leading the Sea Gulls (37-7) with 14 strikeouts.
With one out in the bottom of the seventh, Tracy Davis (Christiansburg, Va./Christiansburg) drew a four-pitch walk before Stephanie Maring (Woodbine, Md./South Carroll) poked a single through the right side to put two on with one out.
With two outs, Lauren Fusco (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) won an eight-pitch at bat, slapping a single through the left side to load the bases for Baumgardner, who cranked a shot into the tree just beyond the right-field fence for the game winner.
With one out in the first, Sarah Alpaugh tripled on a ball to the middle of the right-center gap that rolled to the wall.
Two batters later, Erika Brittingham dropped a single just out of the reach to score Alpaugh for a 1-0 lead.
In the seventh, Angela McDowell reached a bunt single back to the pitcher to lead off the inning before moving to second on a sacrifice.
Brehm notched her 10th strikeout of the day but a wild pitch put runners at the corners before Harley Hill drew a four-pitch walk and Michelle Gravdahl shot a ball through the left side for a 2-0 lead.
With the win, McDaniel notches its 30th win of the seaon, matching the program record, initially set in 2002.
The Green Terror faces host Christopher Newport in another elimination game on Sunday. The winner advances to Monday's championship and will need to defeat Roanoke twice to win the regional and advance to the Division III Women's College World Series.
Amy Baumgardner, Caroline Brehm and Lauren Fusco join head coach Phil Smith to talk about the win over Salisbury and the end of a great season.