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Whalen records two hits, seven RBIs in sweep

Mattie Whalen (c) 2019 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Mattie Whalen (c) 2019 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

THE FACTS
McDaniel (1-2) 35, Gallaudet (3-4) 6 (Game 1 – 5 inn.)
McDaniel (2-2) 3, Gallaudet (3-5) 1 (Game 2 – 5 inn.)
What: Non-conference softball doubleheader
When:
Monday, Mar. 11
Where: Washington, D.C.

THE SKINNY STORY
McDaniel established a new program record for runs in the opener before working efficiently to complete the sweep of Gallaudet. The Green Terror won the opener 35-6 before taking game two, 3-1.

THE LEADERS
Mattie Whalen (Magnolia, N.J./Sterling) led the Green Terror with two hits and seven RBIs in game one. She also scored three runs and had a grand slam.
Madison Froemel (Suffolk, Va./Kings Fork) added a hit, four runs scored and five RBIs.
Alicia Wagner (Bradenton, Fla./Lakewood Ranch) had three hits, four RBIs and three runs scored on the day.
• Melinda Morgan (Elkton, Md./Bohemia Manor) chipped in four RBIs and two runs scored to go with two hits on the day.
Melissa Marini (Catonsville, Md./ George Washington Carver Center For the Arts and Technology) had two hits, two runs and an RBI.
Michaela Persinger (Emmitsburg, Md./Catoctin) rounded out the multiple-hit outings in game one with two hits, two RBIs and three runs scored.
Miranda Thompson (Columbia, Md./Atholton) added three RBIs.

FOR THE FOES
• Kendall Hudson and Hannah Neild led the Bison with three hits and two RBIs each.

THE REST OF THE STORY
• In game one, Megan Horsey (Elkton, Md./Bohemia Manor) singled up the middle with one out before stealing second. Michaela Persinger walked before Tori Wilkins (Lutz, Fla./Land O'Lakes) was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Alicia Wagner followed with a single through the right side for a 2-0 lead. After she stole second, Megan Coyle walked to reload the bases. A Haley Michael (Oldsmar, Fla./East Lake) RBI groundout and Madison Froemel two-run single staked McDaniel to a 5-0 lead.
• Thirteen walks and a hit batsman keyed a 17-run second inning that made it a 22-0 game. Mattie Whelan – the seventh hitter of the inning hit a grand slam to left to make it a 12-0 game. Persinger, Wagner and Coyle all had doubles in the frame.
• A walk, hit batter and Kendall Hudson double made it a 22-2 game in the bottom of the second.
• An error opened the door for a four-run third for a 26-2 lead.
• After three infield hits and a walk, Hannah Neild dropped a two-out single into left to make it a 26-6 game.
• Another six walks, hit batter and two errors led to nine runs in the fifth. Melinda Morgan recorded her first collegiate hit – a two-run single – in the inning.
• In game two, Hailey Henshaw led off the bottom of the first with a single before a two-out Neild put runners at first and second. After a wild pitch, Henshaw scored on a Jacklyn Zacarias groundout for a 1-0 lead.
• Wagner doubled with one out in the second before scoring on a Coyle single to right to tie the game.
• Morgan doubled with one out in the third before hit batter and wild pitch with two outs allowed Morgan to score for the lead. Wilkins used heads-up baserunning as well to swipe home for a 3-1 advantage.`

THE INSIDE STORY
• The 35 runs is the most in a single game in Green Terror softball history. The previous best mark was 31 against Washington in 1985. It is the second most in a game in Centennial Conference history. Dickinson scored 38 against Massachusetts Pharmacy in 2000.
Mattie Whalen's seven RBIs in game one was one shy of the program record. Her first hit of the day was also her first collegiate home run – a grand slam.
• Melinda Morgan, Melissa Marini, Madison Froemel and Keilani Rebollo (Millersville, Md./Old Mill) all had their first collegiate hits in game one.
Krista Waller (Virginia Beach, Va./Kellam) threw three innings with four strikeouts to pick up her first collegiate win in the circle. She also started game two with two Ks in two innings.
• Game two was called after five innings due to darkness.

NEXT UP
McDaniel opens its 10-game trip to The Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla., on Sunday. The Green Terror takes on D'Youville at 11:45 a.m. and Wesleyan at 2 p.m.

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