ALLENTOWN, Pa. – One day after extending its Centennial Conference (CC) softball tournament run with a walkoff hit, McDaniel saw its championship chances end with a Muhlenberg walkoff victory on Sunday.
Trailing 1-0, the Mules (25-12) plated a pair of runs on a Kelly Kline single in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 2-1 win and advanced to the title tilt, where the hosts fell to Haverford, 6-2.
Caroline Brehm (Hanover, Pa./New Oxford), who broke the conference career strikeout on Saturday, recorded 11 strikeouts to lead the Green Terror (26-15) and up her career total to 1,058. McDaniel will now await the announcement of the ECAC South field on Monday afternoon to see if its season continues.
Locked up a pitchers' duel, Kelsey Jones had retired the first nine Green Terror batters in order before Rachel Sidney (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) drew a walk to lead off the top of the fourth inning.
Amy Baumgardner (Hanover, Pa./South Western) followed with the first of her two hits through the right side to put runners at first and second.
Stephanie Maring (Woodbine, Md./South Carroll) was called on to sacrifice for just the second time this season and successfully laid down the bunt to move both runners up a base.
Jackie Liebowitz (Bellerose, N.Y./Benjamin N. Cardozo) put a ball on the ground to the right side, scoring Sidney on the RBI groundout for a 1-0 lead.
The Green Terror had a chance to tack on an insurance run in the top of the seventh. Lauren Stricker (Mt. Airy, Md./South Carroll) drew a one-out, four-pitch walk before giving way to a pinch-runnner.
After a flyout to shallow center gave the Mules the second out, Caitlin Justice (Stuart, Fla./Jensen Beach) put a ball in the air just onto the infield grab but the Muhlenberg shortstop was unable to haul in the catch to prolong the inning.
Ally Galati (Milford, Pa./Cornwall Central) followed with a single back up the middle but the runner was unable to score after stumbling and then trying to retreat to third, ending the inning.
Amie DeFeo led off the bottom of the seventh with a bloop single just inside the fair line over the first-base bag.
The Mules, playing for the tie, elected to drop down the bunt to move DeFeo into scoring position. The McDaniel defense elected to attempt to get the lead runner but DeFeo just beat the throw to the bag to put two on with no outs.
Erica Wenzel successfully executed the sacrifice before Kline dropped a two-out single into left field to score both runners for a 2-1 win.