WESTMINSTER, Md. – 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.
The Bullets (21-16) will play in the 10 a.m. elimination game on Sunday against Washington (Md.). The Shorewomen (20-19) eliminated the Bears (23-18) with a 3-2 victory in Saturday's elimination game.
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.
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.