ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Haverford rallied with two outs in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game before eventually defeating McDaniel 3-2 in the first game of the 2013 Centennial Conference (CC) softball championship at Muhlenberg on Saturday.
The second-seeded Green Terror (23-17) then dropped a 4-0 decision to the host Mules (31-8-1) in the tournament's first elimination game later in the day.
Tracy Davis (Christiansburg, Va./Christiansburg) led McDaniel offensively with three hits, including a home run to account for all of her team's runs. Caroline Brehm (Hanover, Pa./New Oxford) threw all 14 innings in the circle, fanning 22 batters. Against the Fords (24-11), Brehm struck out a CC tournament single-game record 15 batters before adding seven against the Mules to give her 45 in five career tournament games.
Lauren Touey had two hits for Haveford, including the game-winning single in game one.
After Ally Galati (Milford, Pa./Cornwall Central) reached on a one-out infield single in the bottom of the first, Davis went deep to left-center for a 2-0 lead.
Two hit batters and two walks in the top of the second drew the Fords within one when Kristin Tatum was hit with a one-out, bases-loaded pitch.
Neither team could scratch out another run until there were two outs in the top of the seventh.
Elizabeth Newman poked a ball up the middle before scoring on a misplayed relay throw on Sarah Brody's single to left field one batter later, knotting the game at 2-all.
A pair of leadoff bloop hits in the eighth by Dayle Comerford and Stephanie Wolfson put runners at first and second.
Touey followed with a ball back up the middle that just got through and Comerford scored for the go-ahead run.
Davis drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the inning but Sara Tauriello retired the next three batters including two of her four strikeouts to earn the win.
Three McDaniel errors against Muhlenberg led to four unearned runs.
Alyssa Schell led off the bottom of the first with a single before a botched popup allowed Erica Wenzel to reach.
A one-out error with runners at second and third after a passed ball scored Schell for a 1-0 lead.
A double delayed steal with runnners at the corners staked the home team to a 2-0 advantage.
Devon Barber was hit by a pitch to lead off the fourth before a throwing error on the ensuing sacrifice attempt allowed Barber to come all the way around for a 3-0 lead.
After Alexis Giovinazzo was able to scamper to third on the miscue, an RBI groundout plated her for the fourth run.
The Green Terror will wait until the ECAC selections are made on Monday to see if its season will continue.