Baumgardner records four hits

Amy Baumgardner 2013 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel rallied from an early deficit to take game one in extra innings, riding that momentum to complete the sweep of Dickinson in Centennial Conference (CC) softball action on Tuesday.

The Red Devils (14-22, 5-11 CC) took a 3-0 lead after a half-inning of play before the Green Terror (19-15, 8-6 CC) rallied to win 4-3 in eight innings. McDaniel completed the sweep, 3-0.

Caroline Brehm (Hanover, Pa./New Oxford) threw up 14 consecutive zeros after the three of the first four batters scored, fanning 19 along the way. Amy Baumgardner (Hanover, Pa./South Western) led the offense with four hits, including driving in the winning run in the opener.

Katie Swade paced Dickinson with four hits from the leadoff spot.

Swade led off the game with a ball down the line in shallow left that rolled into the corner for a triple.

On a Stacie Maring bunt to follow, Swade was able to score on a rundown play for a 1-0 lead.

After a forceout at second, Carly Jordan and Megan O'Neill followed with a pair of singles to load the bases.

With two outs, Chelsea Homa drew a walk to force in the second run and Rachel Jordan was hit by a pitch to make it a 3-0 game.

With one out in the bottom of the frame, Ally Galati (Milford, Pa./Cornwall Central) doubled to left before scoring on a Tracy Davis (Christiansburg, Va./Christiansburg) hard-hit single into center.

The Red Devils reloaded the bases in the top of the second but Brehm got a popup and strikeout to prevent any further damage.

Neither team had a runner on third until the bottom of the sixth.

Stacey Armacost (Glenville, Pa./South Western) led off the bottom of the sixth with a single down the left-field line before Stephanie Maring (Woodbine, Md./South Carroll) drew a walk to put runners at first and second.

A one-out single by Baumgardner loaded the bases before Lindsey Blohm (Bel Air, Md./Toms River North [N.J.]) singled with two outs to plate Aramcost and Maring and tie the game.

Rachel Sidney (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) followed with a single to center field but Baumgardner was thrown out at the plate on a very close call.

In the home eighth, Maring drew a leadoff walk before Jackie Liebowitz (Bellerose, N.Y./Benjamin N. Cardozo) sacrificed her to second.

Baumgardner followed with a single up the middle, allowing Maring to score without a throw for the game-one win.

In the nightcap, Liebowitz reached safely on a soft line drive back to the third baseman that she was unable to handle.

Baumgardner followed with a double to put runners at second and third before Sidney singled past a diving shortstop with two outs for a 2-0 lead.

Maring drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the sixth before scoring on a Liebowitz double for an insurance run.

Brehm allowed just five base runners in the second game, striking out seven after her 12-strikeout performance in game one.

The Green Terror, who can wrap up a playoff spot with a win, returns to action at home against Washington (Md.) on Saturday. The first game of the doubleheader begins at 1 p.m.

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