McDaniel, Gettysburg and Washington Remain in the Hunt for CC Title
Game 1: Gettysburg 4, Washington College 1
The Gettysburg College softball team kept its goal of winning a conference title alive by splitting a pair of games on the opening day of the Centennial Conference Tournament. The Bullets opened with a 4-1 win over Washington College before suffering a 7-4 loss at the hands of host McDaniel College. Gettysburg struck first in the day's opening game as senior Catrina DelGais led off the second with a single and scored on a double to left-center by Ferguson.
Washington threatened in its first two innings, including loaded the bases with one out in the second. Senior Adrienne Rahs pegged the runner at third on a pick-off attempt for the second out before the hitter at the plate stepped out of the box on a swing for the third.
The Shorewomen tied the game in the third frame as Suzanne Patinella blasted a solo shot over the center-field fence. Treanor settled in after that hit, retiring 13 of the final 15 batters she faced and allowing only one runner to reach second.
DelGais initiated another offensive opportunity in the fourth with a lead-off double down the left-field line. Washington nearly escaped the inning unscathed, but a throw by the shortstop to first for the potential third out sailed wide and allowed DelGais to score the go-ahead run.
Sophomore Maggie Maguire and DelGais helped the Bullets add some insurance runs in the sixth. Maguire led off with a single and advanced to second on an errant throw to the infield. She was lifted for pinch-runner Alexa Katz who eventually came around to score on a single by Ferguson. DelGais reached via a fielder's choice and after making her way around the bases, touched home via a wild pitch to make it 4-1.
Tracy Davis (Christiansburg, Va./Christiansburg) led McDaniel with two hits, two runs and three RBIs in the second game. Caroline Brehm (Hanover, Pa./New Oxford) became the first Green Terror pitcher to record 20 wins in a single season, going the distance for a program-record 23rd and 24th time. She struck out 15 on the day to give her 309 on the season.
Against Ursinus, Amy Baumgardner (Hanover, Pa./South Western) led off the home fourth with a walk before Jordan Beans (Hanover, Pa./Hanover) reached on a throwing error to put runners at first and second.
Erinne Warrenfeltz (Smithsburg, Md./Middletown) followed with a single that hugged the third-base line, scoring Baumgardner for a 1-0 lead.
In the fifth, Laura Mertz (Gillette, N.J./Watchung Hills) led off with a single to shallow center before Stephanie Maring (Woodbine, Md./South Carroll) reached on a bunt attempt where the Bears elected to make an attempt to get the lead runner but Mertz beat the throw to the bag.
Rachel Sidney (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) successfully executed a sacrifice bunt before Beans roped a two-out double down the left-field line for a 3-0 advantage.
Amy Gentile, Allison Pfrommer and Cassie Brown each had one base hit for Ursinus, which got four strikeouts from Jennilyn Weber.
Game 3: Washington College 3, Ursinus 2
Washington College split a pair of games at the first day of the 2012 Centennial Conference Softball Tournament at McDaniel College Softball Field on the campus of McDaniel. The Shorewomen lost the first game to Gettysburg, 4-1, but rallied to down Ursinus in the first elimination game, 3-2. Washington is now 20-19 on the season.
In game two, Ursinus (23-18) took the lead, 1-0, in the bottom of the first when Kate Kehoe drew a bases loaded walk to score Rachel Vietheer.
In the top of the fourth, Washington got even at 1-1 when sophomore Lauren Dockrill (San Diego, CA/Cathedral Catholic) laced a single to left to plate Patinella from second base with one out.
In the top of the fifth, the Shorewomen took their first lead of the game when Patinella roped a two-run single to center that scored senior Sally Snover (Charlotte, NC/Myers Park) and freshman Molly Gallagher (Abingdon, MD/Edgewood) to put WC up 3-1.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Bears cut it to 3-2 on a two-out double to left-center by Cassie Brown that scored Kelly Schymanski. But that was as close as the Bears would get as Cooper retired Ursinus in order in the last of the seventh to preserve the win, including a diving grab by Snover at third base for the second out. With the loss, Ursinus was eliminated from the tournament.
Patinella sparked the Washington offense going 2-for-3 with two RBI in the win. Cooper got the win in the circle and improves to 11-6 on the year. She tossed her second complete game of the day, scattering four hits, walking three and punching out two. She gave just two earned runs.
For the Bears, Jennilyn Weber took the loss in the circle and drops to 14-10 on the year. She went the entire way, giving up seven hits, three runs, two earned, walking and striking out two.
The Shorewomen will play the loser of Gettysburg-McDaniel on Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. on the campus of McDaniel in an elimination game of the double elimination tournament.
McDaniel pitched a shutout in its opening game and carried that momentum to a 2-0 first day of the 2012 Centennial Conference (CC) softball tournament on Saturday.
The top-seeded Green Terror (26-12), making its first tournament appearance since 2006, defeated fourth-seeded Ursinus 3-0 in the second game of the day before advancing to Sunday's championship game with a 7-4 victory over No. 3 seed Gettysburg.
Playing as the visiting team in the winner's bracket game against Gettysburg, Baumgardner drew a one-out walk in the top of the first before Beans poked a single through the right side.
After a fielder's choice erased Baumgardner at third but put Warrenfeltz on bases, Jackie Liebowitz (Bellerose, N.Y./Benjamin N. Cordozo) roped a double to center field for a 1-0 lead.
Davis followed with a single up the middle to score Warrenfeltz and chase the Bullet starter.
Back-to-back errors allowed Liebowitz and Maring to reach, scoring Liebowitz and Davis in the process.
An Abby Ferguson leadoff double in the third coupled with a sacrifice and Brooke Kalman RBI groundout trimmed the deficit to 4-1 in the bottom of the third.
Warrenfeltz led off the fifth with a single before moving to second on a groundout and giving way to pinch-runner Lindsey Blohm (Bel Air, Md./Toms River North [N.J.]).
Davis blasted a 1-1 pitch over the fence in left-center for her second home run of the season and a 6-1 lead.
Two batters later, Maring deposited her second long ball of the season in the same spot to stretch the lead to 7-1.
A leadoff walk to Sam Bader, Ferguson double and Kalman RBI groundout cut the deficit to 7-2 in the bottom of the frame.
A one-out single from Ferguson up the middle followed by a Katie Lang seeing-eye single through the right side but two on in the seventh.
A groundout moved both runners up a base before a wild pitch scored Ferguson and Melissa Tighe single plated Lang but Baumgardner hosed Joy Hallfors, who walked one batter earlier, trying for third to end the game.
Liebowitz and Maring each had two hits against Gettysburg for the Green Terror, who is making its first championship game appearance since winning it all in 2004.