March 27, 2012

Brehm sets single-season K record

CARLISLE, Pa. – Freshman Caroline Brehm (Hanover, Pa./New Oxford) recorded 20 strikeouts over 12 innings of work to set a new program record for strikeouts in a single season, leading McDaniel to a doubleheader sweep of Dickinson in the Centennial Conference (CC) softball opener for both teams on Tuesday.

The Green Terror (10-6, 2-0 CC) took the opener 4-1 before plating six first-inning runs in the nightcap to key an 8-0, five-inning victory.

Carly Jordan recorded two hits to lead the Red Devils (4-14, 0-2 CC), who Brehm limited to seven hits in the two games.

After Dickinson took a 1-0 lead in the opener when Melissa Osborn reached on a strikeout and error and scored on a bases-loaded walk in the third, Tracy Davis (Christiansburg, Va./Christiansburg) led off the fifth inning with a single.

She took second on a Beth Ann Fusco (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) sacrifice. A Lauren Fusco (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) single put runners at the corners.

After Fusco swiped second, Sam Stitely (Westminster, Md./North Carroll) singled home Davis to knot the game.

Rachel Sidney (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) followed with a single of her own to plate Fusco before a Megan Moore (Bridgeton, N.J./Cumberland Regional) bunt put runners at second and third for Jordan Beans (Hanover, Pa./Hanover), who singled in Stitely for a 3-1 lead.

A Davis double and Lauren Fusco single in the sixth set the final margin.

Brehm finished game one with nine strikeouts to leave her eight shy of Sam Abrams '04 record of 130 strikeouts that she set as a freshman in 2001.

In game two, Sidney singled to lead off the game before taking second on a passed ball.

Beans drew a one-out walk before Errine Warrenfeltz (Smithsburg, Md./Middletown) singled to load the bases.

A fielder's choice cut the run down at the plate but left the bases loaded for Stitely, who walked to force in Beans.

Beth Ann Fusco made it back-to-back walks for a 2-0 lead before Lauren Fusco singled in Davis for a 3-0 advantage.

Leigh Blohm (Bel Air, Md./Toms River North [N.J.]) followed with a bases-clearing double to stretch the lead to 6-0.

Warrenfeltz rapped a two-out single in the second before Davis drew a walk to put runners at first and second.

Stitely greeted the Red Devils' reliever Alex Brody with a single to score Warrenfeltz and stretch the lead to 7-0.

A one-out Blohm single followed by a Sidney double made it an 8-0 game in the third.

After Brehm recorded six strikeouts over the first three innings, she retired the first two batters of the fourth to match Abrams' record. After an Osborn single, she broke the tie with Abrams' to end the frame.

Brehm finished the game with 11 Ks and no walks to give her 133 through 69 2/3 innings.

Sidney finished with four hits, including a 3-for-3 nightcap.

The Green Terror returns to action at Franklin & Marshall on Saturday. The first game begins at 1 p.m.

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