Brehm breaks career strikeout record
WESTMINSTER, Md. – Three innings and two strikeouts into her 45th career outing, sophomore Caroline Brehm (Hanover, Pa./New Oxford) notched her 12th strikeout of the day, giving her 427 for her career to pass Sam Abrams '04 for the McDaniel career strikeout record. Four innings later, Brehm was back in the circle, upping that total to 433 and completing a doubleheader sweep of Penn State-Harrisburg in non-conference softball action on Wednesday.
The Green Terror (4-4) took the opener 10-0 behind a five-inning, one-hit, 10-strikeout performance from Brehm. In game two, a Stacey Armacost (Glenville, Pa./South Western) knocked in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning for a 5-4 victory.
Gabrielle Wolfe led the Lions (3-7) with three hits in the twinbill and threw game two, going the distance with two strikeouts.
In the opener, Rachel Sidney (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) led off the bottom of the first with a walk before Amy Baumgardner (Hanover, Pa./South Western) dropped a ball into left field. A fielding error allowed Sidney to score before the defense recovered to throw Baumgardner out at third.
With two outs, Tracy Davis (Christiansburg, Va./Christiansburg) roped a double to the gap in right-center and Stephanie Maring (Woodbine, Md./South Carroll) followed with a ball just inside the right-field line that rolled to the fence for a triple and 2-0 lead.
Sam Stitely (Westminster, Md./North Carroll) was drilled in the back by the second pitch of her at bat to put runners at the corners before Lindsey Blohm (Bel Air, Md./Toms River North [N.J.]) walked to load the bases.
An Emily Sneeringer (Hanover, Pa./South Western) single to the left-center gap scored Maring and Stitely for a 4-0 lead.
Sidney led off the second with a double to the fence in center field before Baumgardner walked.
Jackie Liebowitz (Bellerose, N.Y./Benjamin N. Cardozo) doubled both runners home and Davis followed with a single to put runners at the corners with no outs.
A fielding error scored Liebowitz before Sneeringer drew a two-out walk.
A throwing error allowed Maring to score before a Sidney single up the middle played Sneeringer for a 10-0 lead.
Brehm went to work after that, fanning seven of the last nine batters she faced to leave her one shy of the program record.
A strikeout looking to the second batter in the top of the first tied the record for Brehm before she ended the third inning with her 122nd backwards K to get out of a bases-loaded jam and hold the record by herself.
The bats responded the bottom of the frame.
Sneeringer led off with an infield single before Baumgardner beat out a bunt up the third-base line and Megan Moore (Bridgeton, N.J./Cumberland Regional) spun a bunt attempt just in front of the plate to load the bases.
With one out, Ally Galati (Milford, Pa./Cornwall Central) slapped a ball into left field to score Baumgardner with the first run of the game.
A Maring single through the left side doubled the lead before Davis laced a ball to right field for a 4-0 lead.
Freshman Taylor Fletcher (Linden, Va./Fauquier) worked around a pair of walks in the fourth with two strikeouts.
A Rachel Fisher walk and Wolfe double put runners at second and third in the fifth before a two-out error allowed Penn State-Harrisburg to tie the game.
Sydney Eelman was hit by a pitch to load the bases before a Wolfe beat a fielder's choice to the plate for a 2-0 lead.
Jennifer Bear walked to force in Katherine Bernardi and Alli Trutt was hit by a pitch to force home Eelman with the tying run.
Brehm returned to the circle for strikeout No. 428 and retired the seven batters she faced – six by strikeout.
Davis led off the home sixth with a double off the wall in right-center before taking third on a Leigh Blohm (Bel Air, Md./Toms River North [N.J.]) sacrifice.
After Davis was lifted for pinch-runner Lindsey Blohm, Armacost rolled a 1-0 ball down the third-base line that hit off the bag and popped up, allowing Blohm to score with the go-ahead run.
Davis finished the day with four hits, two RBIs and two runs scored while Sneeringer had three hits. Sidney, Liebowitz and Maring all finished the day with two hits apiece.
The Green Terror returns to action at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla. McDaniel opens its 10-game schedule against Endicott and Otterbein on Sunday. The Endicott game begins at 9 a.m. with the Otterbein game to follow at 11 a.m.
Caroline Brehm breaks the program career record for strikeouts.