McDaniel takes nine-inning affair

Erinne Warrenfeltz © 2010 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Erinne Warrenfeltz © 2010 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

Green Terror poised for sweep of Franklin & Marshall when game two halted

LANCASTER, Pa. – Erinne Warrenfeltz (Smithsburg, Md./Middletown) went 3-for-3 and pitched all nine innings to earn the win for McDaniel, which downed Franklin & Marshall 7-6 in the first game of a Centennial Conference (CC) softball doubleheader on Thursday.

The Green Terror (14-21, 4-9 CC) won the 2-hour, 34-minute opener in nine innings, forcing a late start in game two. McDaniel built an 11-3 lead over the first three innings of the nightcap and held a 14-8 advantage with two on and two outs in the top of the fifth inning when the game was halted due to darkness.

According to NCAA rules, a game must reach five innings to be considered official. The two teams are awaiting a decision from the conference office to determine if the game must be played to its conclusion. If it is deemed the game will not be completed, all statistics from the contest are nullified. Included in that game is a 4-for-4, three-run, three-RBI performance from Lindsey Blohm (Bel Air, Md./Toms River North [N.J.]), including the freshman's first collegiate home run.

Danielle Murphy led the Diplomats (9-16, 2-11 CC) with a two hits, two RBIs and a run scored in game one.

Trailing 6-5 entering the top of the seventh inning, Lauren Wildasin (Thurmont, Md./Catoctin) drew a walk before advancing the other three bases on three passed balls. The Green Terror stranded the bases loaded before Warrenfeltz retired Franklin & Marshall in order to force extra innings.

A Hope Battista (Crofton, Md./South River) single up the middle with one out in the top of the eighth accounted for the only baserunner in the eighth.

After Megan Elfert (Finksburg, Md./Westminster) drew a lead off walk, Jordan Beans (Hanover, Pa./Hanover) replaced her at first on a bunt.

Lauren Fusco (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) reached on a single before a Warrenfeltz double plated Beans for the lead and then retired the side in order for the victory.

Singles from Beans and Warrenfeltz in the first staked the Green Terror to an early 1-0 lead before a Beth Ann Fusco (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) two-run single with the bases loaded in the third stretched the lead to 3-0.

A Caitlin Elfino RBI single and Alyssa Yackle's triple in the bottom of the inning evened the game at 3-all.

A Beans walk and RBI single from Warrenfeltz gave McDaniel a one-run advantage in the fourth before a pair of errors accounted for two unearned runs in the bottom of the frame for a 5-4 lead.

The teams exchanged runs in the sixth before the Green Terror evened the game in the seventh.

The Green Terror returns to action in a doubleheader at home against Gettysburg on Saturday. The first game of the twinbill begins at 1 p.m.

Score by Inning – Game One                    1            2            3            4            5            6            7            8            9            -            R            H            E
McDaniel (14-21, 4-9 CC)                        1            0            2            1            0            1            1            0            1            -            7            13            2
Franklin & Marshall (9-16, 2-11 CC)            0            0            3            2            0            1            0            0            0            -            6            11            1

Erinne Warrenfeltz and Hope Battista; Liz Chudzik, Sara Damato (7) and Brittany Kurtz. WP: Warrenfeltz (5-8). LP: Damato (3-7). S: none. SO-BB: Warrenfeltz 0-1; Chudzik 1-7, Sara Damato 2-3. 2B: Erinne Warrenfeltz (M), Liz Chudzik (F), Sara Damato (F), Amanda Schellaci (F). 3B: Alyssa Yackle (F).