KISSIMMEE, Fla. – McDaniel scored in the bottom of the eighth inning to cap a 2-0 start to the team's trip to the 2013 Rebel Spring Games in non-conference softball action on Sunday.
The Green Terror (6-4) opened its 10-game trip with a 5-0 win over Endicott before topping Otterbein, 1-0. Tracy Davis (Christiansburg, Va./Christiansburg) and Emily Sneeringer (Hanover, Pa./South Western) had three hits apiece in game one. Davis added one of the five game-two base knocks to give her four on the day.
Krista Fales led the Gulls (0-2) in the opener, going 2-for-3 from the plate.
Erin Carpenter and Bryn Allen led the Cardinals (2-2) in game two, notching the only two hits of the game.
In the opener, Rachel Sidney (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) led off the game with a single before Amy Baumgardner (Hanover, Pa./South Western) followed with a single of her own to make it first and second with no outs.
A groundout put runners at the corners before a Davis single plated Sidney for a 1-0 lead.
Two-out singles from Sneeringer, Laura Mertz (Gillette, N.J./Watchung Hills) and Sidney loaded the bases in the top of the second before Baumgardner drew a walk to force home Sneeringer for a 2-0 lead.
Baumgardner was hit by a pitch to lead off the fifth before giving way to pinch-runner Ally Galati (Milford, Pa./Cornwall Central).
Jackie Liebowitz (Bellerose, N.Y./Benjamin N. Cardozo) and Davis each followed with singles to load the bases before Stephanie Maring (Woodbine, Md./South Carroll) drive in Galati with a fielder's choice groundout.
With two outs Taylor Fletcher (Linden, Va./Fauquier) drew a pinch-hit walk to force home Maring for a 5-0 lead.
Caroline Brehm (Hanover, Pa./New Oxford) worked out a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the seventh with her 16th strikeout of the game to preserve the shutout.
The nightcap turned into a pitchers' duel. McDaniel had a chance, loading the bases in the second inning but could not push a run across. After that only one runner reached second base for either team through the remainder of regulation.
With the international tiebreaker in effect for the eighth inning, Otterbein got its runner to third with two outs in the top of the frame but Brehm recorded her 14th strikeout of the game and 30th of the day to keep it a scoreless game.
In the bottom of the inning, Mertz was placed at second before Leigh Blohm (Bel Air, Md./Toms River North [N.J.]) sacrificed her to second base.
Caitlin Justice (Stuart, Fla./Jensen Beach) came through with a single to plate Mertz with the winning run.
The Green Terror returns to action against Springfield and Anderson (Ind.) on Monday. The game with Springfield starts at 9 a.m. with the Anderson game slated for a 1 p.m. first pitch.