April 22, 2014

Maring records three hits, five RBIs in sweep

WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel rallied in game two to complete a doubleheader sweep of Stevenson in non-conference softball action on Tuesday.

The Green Terror (23-11) took the opener 4-0 behind a 15-strikeout, two-hit performance from Caroline Brehm (Hanover, Pa./New Oxford) for her 20th win of the season, increasing her program-record win total to 64, before completing the sweep, 9-6. Stacey Armacost (Glenville, Pa./South Western) picked up the win in game two while Brehm struck out four of the seven batters she faced to earn her first save of the season. She finished the day with 997 career strikeouts.

Stephanie Maring (Woodbine, Md./South Carroll) led McDaniel offensively with three hits and five RBIs, including a three-run home run in game two.

Tiffany Kahl led the Mustangs (14-19) with three hits.

In the opener, Brehm allowed a leadoff walk before retiring 10 straight batters. A Kahl bunt single broke up the no-hitter before she was thrown out trying to steal second. The only other batter to reach came with two outs in the seventh inning.

Rachel Sidney (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) roped a one-out double to the gap in left-center before scoring on an Amy Baumgardner (Hanover, Pa./South Western) single for a 1-0 lead.

A Jackie Liebowitz (Bellerose, N.Y./Benjamin N. Cardozo) two-out home run down the right-field line – her first of the season – doubled the advantage in the fifth.

With two outs in the sixth, Olivia Kipe (Manchester, Md./Manchester Valley) doubled to deep right field before a Sidney single up the middle put runners at the corners.

After Sidney swiped second, Baumgardner poked a ball through the left side to score both runners for the 4-0 final.

Sidney, Baumgardner and Liebowitz each had two hits in game one.

Tied at 4-all in game two, Megan Liebknecht (Taneytown, Md./Francis Scott Key) drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the fourth.

After she gave way to pinch-runner Roxana Aviles (Manasses, Va./Osbourn), Laura Mertz (Gillette, N.J./Watchung Hills) laid down the sacrifice to put the go-ahead run in scoring position.

After a groundout moved Aviles to third, Ally Galati (Milford, Pa./Cornwall Central) walked.

A Lauren Stricker (Mt. Airy, Md./South Carroll) single scored Aviles for a 5-4 lead.

Maring followed with a single to plate Galati from second before Liebowitz drove in Stricker from third for a 7-4 advantage.

A Naomi Field pinch-hit two-run single to the gap closed the Stevenson deficit to 7-6 with runners at the corners.

Brehm came on in relief to notch a strikeout and get out of further trouble.

 

Brehm then came to the plate in the bottom of the inning for her first at bat of the season and ripped a single up the middle.

After moving to second on a groundout, a Sidney single put runners at the corners before the Mustangs tried to pick Brehm off third but the ball sailed into left field allowing her to score for an 8-6 lead.

A Maring walk, passed ball and Sam Stitely (Westminster, Md./North Carroll) single to the gap set the final margin in the sixth.

Stevenson jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Kristen Mueller led off the game with a double off the wall in left field before a miscue on a sacrifice bunt allowed her to score and put Lindsey Kuczak at second base.

A Kahl single up the middle scored Kuczak.

Back-to-back two-out walks to Nicole Dell and Mueller coupled with a Kuczak single stretched the lead to 3-0 in the second.

A two-out fielding error allowed Sidney to reach in the bottom of the third before she swiped second.

A walk to Galati put to runners on for Stricker, who singled to left to score Sidney and trim the deficit to 3-1.

Maring followed with a line-drive home run to straightaway center field for a 4-3 lead.

A Molly Hoyt double led off the top of the fourth before Mueller poked a two-out single through the left side to score pinch-runner Abbey DeFeo and tie the game.

Stricker finished game two with three hits while Maring and Stitely each had two.

The Green Terror returns to action at York (Pa.) on Thursday. The first game of the doubleheader begins at 3 p.m.

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