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Rachel Sidney © 2011 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Rachel Sidney © 2011 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

McDaniel sweeps Gallaudet in home opener

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Rachel Sidney (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) went a combined 4-for-8 with two RBIs and two runs scored to lead McDaniel to a doubleheader sweep of Gallaudet in non-conference softball action on Tuesday.

The Green Terror (4-9) used a five-run fifth inning to cap a 9-0 victory before wrapping up the sweep with an 11-4 win in the nightcap, snapping a 12-game home losing streak.

Nicole OMalley led the Bison (1-7) with two hits in game two.

After a winless 2010 at home, McDaniel wasted no time in 2011 to notch a win on its home field. Playing for the first time at home this season, Erinne Warrenfeltz (Smithsburg, Md./Middletown) cranked a two-out home run over the new permanent centerfield fence for a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first.

Jordan Beans (Hanover, Pa./Hanover) drew a walk to lead off the third before stealing second.

A two-out double from Jaclyn Liebowitz (Bellerose, N.Y./Benjamin N. Cordozo) plated Beans and Lindsey Blohm (Bel Air, Md./Toms River North [N.J.]) followed with a triple for a 3-0 lead.

Three walk and a pair of passed balls stretched the lead to 4-0 in the fourth before the Green Terror batted around in the fifth to end it.

With one out, Beth Ann Fusco (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) singled and stole second. Lauren Wildasin (Thurmont, Md./Catoctin) followed with a walk before a wild pitch put the two runners at second and third.

A Leigh Blohm (Bel Air, Md./Toms River North [N.J.]) sacrifice fly scored Fusco before Sidney drove in Wildasin from second.

After Sidney stole second, Beans walked and Warrenfeltz was hit by a pitch to load the bases before a catcher's interference call forced in Sidney.

A Liebowitz single ended the game.

In game two, Nicole O'Malley led off with a single before a walk and pair of groundouts staked Gallaudet to a 1-0 lead.

Walks to Sidney and Warrenfeltz coupled with a Megan Elfert (Finksburg, Md./Westminster) RBI groundout knotted the game at 1-all.

Ashley Crawford (New Market, Md./Linganore), who finished the nightcap with three hits, three RBIs and two runs scored, led off the second with a single before a Sidney double put runners at second and third.

Beans followed with a single to score Crawford, giving the Green Terror the lead for good.

A one-out walk to Tracy Davis (Christiansburg, Va./Christiansburg), stolen base and Wildasin single stretched the lead to 3-1 in the third. Crawford followed with her first career home run to push the advantage to 5-1.

A Wildasin solo long ball to lead off the bottom of the fifth made it a 6-1 game.

Singles by Alicia Johnson, Leeza Cantu followed by a two-out walk to Serina Arellano and an illegal pitch made it a 6-2 game before Michelin Barron's two-run double closed the deficit to 6-4 in the top of the sixth.

Warrenfeltz led off the bottom of the frame with a hard infield single before Stephanie Maring (Woodbine, Md./South Carroll) drew a one-out walk.

Davis followed with a three-run shot to dead center before back-to-back walks and back-to-back doubles from Crawford and Sidney set the final margin.

Ashley Meister (Vienna, Va./James Madison) fanned six and allowed just two hits, going the distance in game one. In the nightcap, Kaitlyn Vadenais (North Smithfield, R.I./North Smithfield) and Warrenfeltz each struck out four batters. Sara Erlichman (Bedford, Pa./Mercersburg Academy) fanned five and walked none in two innings for the win.

The Green Terror returns to action in the Centennial Conference opener at Haverford on Saturday. The first game of the doubleheader begins at 1 p.m.

Score by Inning – Game One    1    2    3    4    5    -     R   H   E
Gallaudet (1-6)                               0    0    0    0    0    -     0    2    1
McDaniel (4-9)                              1    0    2    1    5    -     9    8    1

Michelle Mansfield-Hom and Casey McCullough; Ashley Meister and Leigh Blohm. WP: Meister (2-4). LP: Mansfield-Hom (1-3). S: none. SO-BB: Mansfield-Hom 1-9; Meister 6-2.

Score by Inning – Game Two     1    2    3    4    5    6    7    -     R   H   E
Gallaudet (1-7)                               1    0    0    0    0    3    0    -     4    5    1
McDaniel (5-9)                              1    1    3    0    1    5    x    -     11  12  1

Paige Johnson, Michelle Mansfield-Hom (6) and Casey McCullough; Kaitlyn Vadenais, Sara Erlichman (4), Erinne Warrenfeltz (6) and Tracy Davis. WP: Erlichman (2-1). LP: Johnson (0-4). S: none. SO-BB: Johnson 0-6, Mansfield-Hom 0-2; Vadenais 4-3, Sara Erlichman 5-0, Warrenfeltz 4-1.