Mertz goes 2-for-2
WESTMINSTER, Md. – Messiah held McDaniel without a run to record a doubleheader sweep in non-conference softball action on Thursday.
The Falcons (19-10) took the opener 13-0 in five innings behind a combined no-hitter from Claressa Mees and Jayme Babczak before completing the sweep 9-0 in six innings.
Laura Mertz (Gillette, N.J./Watchung Hills) led the Green Terror (15-15) with two hits in the nightcap.
Courtney Allen led the Messiah offense with three hits, two runs scored and two RBIs in game one.
With one out in the second inning, Stephanie Schell led off with a double to the right-center gap before a Sara Dietrich single and a fielding error gave the Falcons a 1-0 lead.
After a stolen base and two walk, Allen lifted a fly ball to center field with the bases loaded for a 2-0 advantage.
Three straight walks pushed the lead to 4-0.
Schell drew a walk to lead off the third before a wild pitch and Amanda Fife single stretched the lead to 5-0 with two outs.
After an Allen double and Nicole Blantz walk, Brooke Pompeo reached on an error to clear the bases to make it an 8-0 game.
Becky Notte doubled home Pompeo to make it 9-0 after three innings.
Messiah tacked on three runs in the fourth and a single run in the fifth for the final margin.
Stacey Armacost (Glenville, Pa./South Western) was the only Green Terror baserunner to reach base in the opener, drawing a fourth-inning walk after being hit by a pitch in the second.
A field error and bunt single put two on with one out in the top of the first in game two before Notte singled home Blantz before the Green Terror caught Pompeo in a lengthy rundown between second and third got the second out of the inning.
A Katie Souders single, muffed throw on the sacrifice attempt and infield single loaded the bases.
An RBI groundout and wild pitch pushed the lead to 3-0 before – with runners at the corners – Allen took off for second. The Green Terror threw through but did not catch Allen. However, the return through caught Smith coming home for the second out of the frame.
A Souders two-run homer to straightaway center field made it a 5-0 game in the third.
An Amanda Fife walk, sacrifice, wild pitch and Notte single pushed the lead to 6-0 an inning later.
A Pompeo two-run single down the left-field line keyed a three-run sixth, setting the final margin.
The Green Terror returns to action at Gettysburg on Saturday. The first game of the doubleheader begins at 1 p.m.