WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel will host the 2012 Centennial Conference (CC) softball championship tournament, to be held on Saturday and Sunday.
The top-seeded Green Terror (23-11, 13-3 CC) will take on fourth-seeded Ursinus (23-16, 10-6 CC) in Saturday's second first-round game, slated to begin 30 minutes following the conclusion of the double-elimination tournament's first game between second-seeded Washington (Md.) (19-18, 11-5 CC) and third-seeded Gettysburg (20-15, 10-6 CC) at 10 a.m.
Saturday's action concludes with the losers of the first two games meeting in an elimination game followed by the winners from the day's first two games. The tournament concludes on Sunday with action beginning at 10 a.m. with an elimination game.
The tournament's champion will earn the CC's automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA Division III tournament, slated to begin on May 10. The NCAA field will be announced at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 7.
McDaniel is seeking its third CC championship in its seventh tournament appearance and first since 2006. The Green Terror is hosting the tournament for the first time since hosting the first three between 2001 and 2003.
McDaniel split its regular-season meetings with Washington and Ursinus and swept Gettysburg. The Green Terror and Bears traded a pair of 2-1 decisions in Collegeville on Apr. 14. McDaniel swept the Bullets 9-0 and 2-0 in Westminster on Apr. 21. The Green Terror closed the conference slate, splitting with the Shorewomen in Westminster on Apr. 28. Washington won the first game 5-4 before McDaniel earned the top seed with a 3-1 win in game two.
Freshman Caroline Brehm (Hanover, Pa./New Oxford) leads all of Division III with 292 strikeouts. She has fanned an average of 12.39 batters per game over her 165 innings of work. She has allowed just 84 hits and 42 walks and has two no-hitters to her credit this season.
Seven of the hitters in the Green Terror starting lineup are hitting better than .300 this season led by Tracy Davis's (Christiansburg, Va./Christiansburg) .364 average. Brehm's primary battery mate has 24 hits, including six doubles and a home run. Amy Baumgardner (Hanover, Pa./South Western) has a .333 average with 16 hits that includes four doubles, three triples and a home run. Rachel Sidney (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) is hitting .330 with a team-high 31 hits, including team-best eight doubles. Jackie Liebowitz (Bellerose, N.Y./Benjamin N. Cordozo) and Erinne Warrenfeltz (Smithsburg, Md./Middletown) have matched Sidney with 31 base knocks.