ALLENTOWN, Pa. – With two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning in the Centennial Conference (CC) softball tournament's first elimination game, McDaniel had the winning run on second base with Olivia Kipe (Manchester, Md./Manchester Valley) at the plate.
The freshman, who had three hits through her first 14 innings of tournament play, laced a line drive into left field and Megan Moore (Bridgeton, N.J./Cumberland Regional) raced home and slid in under the tag, giving the Green Terror (26-14) a 2-1 victory over Washington (Md.) and a spot in Sunday's action.
The day for the No. 3-seeded McDaniel started with a 5-1 loss to second-seeded Haverford, which completed day one as the lone undefeated team and earned a spot in Sunday's championship game.
The Green Terror and top-seeded Muhlenberg will square off in an elimination game to open action on Sunday with the winner advancing to face the Fords (26-9), needing two wins for a title.
Four innings before Kipe became the hero of the game, Caroline Brehm (Hanover, Pa./New Oxford) etched her name to yet another record. The junior, who struck out 11 in the first game of the day, entered the game needing seven strikeouts to tie Lauren Davis-Macedonia's (Ursinus, 2007-10) CC record for career strikeouts.
Through the first three innings, she had fanned five Shorewomen (26-13-1) before an error allowed the leadoff batter to reach in the top of the fourth.
A strikeout-looking drew her within one of the record.
A strikeout-swinging gave her 1,042 and tied Davis-Macedonia. That tie, however, was about as brief as possible because Brehm wasted no time breaking the mark, getting the Washington hitter looking to end the inning and give her the mark by herself.
Brehm finished the game with 12 strikeouts, giving her 23 on the day, 325 on the season and 1,047 for her career.
Immediately after the record-setting strikeout, the offense helped its pitcher out in a scoreless game.
Jackie Liebowitz (Bellerose, N.Y./Benjamin N. Cardozo) led off the frame with a single before Sam Stitely (Westminster, Md./North Carroll) drove a ball into right field that got to the wall after a misplay, giving McDaniel runners at second and third with no outs.
After a pair of groundouts, Brehm's battery mate Caitlin Justice (Stuart, Fla./Jensen Beach) lined a ball into center field to score Liebowitz for a 1-0 lead.
Brehm took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before Lauren Dockrill and Kristin Cooper each dropped singles into shallow left field.
A wild pitch put runners at second and third with no outs before the next batter was called out for being hit by the ball in fair territory.
A chopper to the left side was then misplayed, allowing Dockrill to race home when the ball got into left field and tie the game.
Brehm, however, notched a pair of strikeouts to preserve the tie.
In the bottom of the eighth, Emily Sneeringer (Hanover, Pa./South Western) worked a one-out walk before giving way to Moore as the pinch-runner.
Ally Galati (Milford, Pa./Cornwall Central) then beat out a swinging bunt to move the winning run to second base.
After a strikeout, Kipe ended the game with her fourth knock of the tournament.
Haverford struck early in the day's first game. Jill Schnall led off the bottom of the first inning with a blast over the scoreboard in left field for a 1-0 lead.
Two batters later, Jen DiCandilo was hit by a pitch before a Kristin Tatum double put runners at second and third.
Dayle Comerford followed with a single through the left side for a 2-0 advantage.
In the second inning,a one-out single from Lauren Touey and walk to Schnall put runners at first and second.
After a sacrifice moved both runners into scoring position, DiCandilo roped a single into center field for a 4-0 lead.
An Elizabeth Newman walk, sacrifice, and Touey RBI single pushed the advantage to 5-0 in the third before Brehm retired the final 10 batters she faced.
Sneeringer was hit by a pitch to lead off the top of the seventh inning before a fielding error and Rachel Sidney (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) two-out single scored pinch-runner Roxana Aviles (Manassas, Va./Osbourn) to break up the shutout.