April 9, 2014

Maring notches three hits in split

WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel notched 17 hits as part of a doubleheader split with Coppin State in non-conference softball action on Wednesday.

Stephanie Maring (Woodbine, Md./South Carroll) and Sam Stitely (Westminster, Md./North Carroll) led the offense for the Green Terror (14-10) with three hits apiece. McDaniel took the opener 2-1 before the Division I Eagles (9-14) took game two, 8-3.

Candice Van Horn led Coppin with three hits and picked up the save in the nightcap.

Tied at 1-all going to the bottom of the seventh inning in the opener, Stitely led off with a bloop hit to left field before being lifted for pinch-runner Amy Baumgardner (Hanover, Pa./South Western).

After a foulout, Lauren Stricker (Mt. Airy, Md./South Carroll) dropped a ball into left just out of the reach of a charging fielder to put runners at first and second.

A groundball glanced off the pitcher and right to the shortstop for the second out at first but both runners were able to move up a base.

After fouling off the first pitch, Olivia Kipe (Manchester, Md./Manchester Valley) beat out an infield single to score Baumgardner with the game-winner.

Noelle Edwards drew a walk to lead off the third inning before Van Horn beat out an infield hit.

Danielle Smith followed with a hard-hit ball right back up the middle that scored Edwards for a 1-0 lead.

In the home fourth, Maring led off with a single up the middle for the hosts' first hit of the day.

After moving to second on a groundout, Stitely poked a ball through the right side to put the runners at the corners.

Emily Sneeringer (Hanover, Pa./South Western) followed with a groundball to shortstop that the Eagles looked like they were going to try to turn the double play on. Instead, however, after Maring broke home, the second baseman hesitated then threw home but Maring beat the throw to the plate to tie the game.

Caroline Brehm (Hanover, Pa./New Oxford) earned the win in the circle, striking out nine and allowing just two hits and stranding nine Coppin runners on base.

The nightcap featured more runs in the first inning than the entire seven innings of game one.

Van Horn led off with a single to right before stealing second.

A throwing error put runners at the corners before Smith made it second and third by stealing second.

Gabriel Ziller and Alyssa Baker each followed with squeeze bunts to stake the Eagles to a 2-0 lead.

Rachel Sidney (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) led off the home half of the inning with her fifth triple of the year before scoring two batters later on a Maring RBI single to center.

With two outs, Stitely dropped a ball into right field to knot the game at 2-all.

Both pitchers settled in then, including freshman Jamie Weisser (Chappaqua, N.Y./Horace Greeley), who retired 13 in a row in her first collegiate start in the circle after the first two batters reached.

Back-to-back doubles from Alanna Williams and Caitlyn Isenberg broke up that streak in the fifth inning and gave the visitors a 3-2 advantage.

Weisser induced an unconventional 6-3-5 double play, however, to get out of further trouble.

Back-to-back solo home runs from Ziller and Barker stretched the lead to 5-2 with two outs in the sixth.

Kimberlynn Brown drew a walk to lead off the top of the seventh.

With two outs and Brown on second, Lauren Rogers singled up the middle to score Brown.

Van Horn, Smith and Zeller each followed with singles to stretch the lead to 8-3 and end Weisser's debut after 6 2/3 innings. The freshman had thrown just 4 2/3 innings coming into the game.

Stacey Armacost (Glenville, Pa./South Western) needed to throw just one pitch before a caught stealing ended the inning.

With two outs in the bottom of the frame, Maring laced a double to the gap before Jackie Liebowitz (Bellerose, N.Y./Benjamin N. Cardozo) followed with a single through the right side.

A Stitely walk loaded the bases before Sneeringer drove a ball through the left side to score Maring.

Van Horn, however, got a ground ball for the final out to earn her first save.

McDaniel finished with advantages of 6-2 and 11-9, respectively, in the hit column.

Liebowitz and Caitlin Justice (Stuart, Fla./Jensen Beach) joined Maring with two hits each in game two.

McDaniel returns to action at home against Gettysburg on Friday. The first game of the doubleheader begins at 3 p.m.

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