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Sidney records four hits

Rachel Sidney  2013 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Rachel Sidney 2013 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Two big innings propelled Muhlenberg to a doubleheader sweep of McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) softball action on Saturday.

The Mules (18-5-1, 8-2 CC) scored three times in the bottom of the 10th inning to complete the sweep with a 4-3 win after overcoming a 2-0 deficit with a five-run fifth inning for the 5-2 win in game one.

Rachel Sidney (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) led the Green Terror (12-12, 1-5 CC) with four hits. Ally Gatati (Milford, Pa./Cornwall Central) added three hits.

Sidney led off the first inning of game one with a walk before a one-out single from Tracy Davis (Christiansburg, Va./Christiansburg) and Stephanie Maring (Woodbine, Md./South Carroll) double staked McDaniel to a 1-0 lead.

An Emily Sneeringer (Hanover, Pa./South Western) single to lead off the second before out-out singles from Galati and Sidney doubled the advantage.

Brittany Dzieciolowski led off the bottom of the fifth with a home run to left field to cut the deficit in half.

After a hit batter, the Green Terror got a popout and caught stealing for two outs in the frame.

After Devon Barber walked, Colleen O'Donnell was hit by a pitch. The duo stole third and second, respectively, but a bad throw on the attempt to catch Barber at third allowed her to score and tie the game.

Jessica Costa, Alyssa Schell and Chelsea Benjamin all drew consecutive walks for a 3-2 lead before Kelly Kline's single to right allowed Costa and Schell to score for the 5-2 final.

In game two, Taylor Fletcher (Linden, Va./Fauquier) led off the fifth inning with a single before giving way to pinch-runner Megan Moore (Bridgeton, N.J./Cumberland Regional).

After a sacrifice moved her to second, Sidney rapped a two-out single through the right side for a 1-0 lead.

Walks to O'Donnell and Benjamin before a two-out error knotted the game in the bottom of the seventh.

With Sneeringer placed on second for the international tiebreaker in the 10th inning, Sam Stitely (Westminster, Md./North Carroll) drew a walk before a fielder's choice put runners at the corners.

Galati drove in Sneeringer with a fielder's choice before a passed ball allowed Sidney to come home for a 3-1 lead.

Dzieciolowski was placed on second in the bottom of the frame before a hit batter and one-out walk to Barber brought O'Connell to the plate. She roped a double to left to clear the bases for the 4-3 win.

Caroline Brehm (Hanover, Pa./New Oxford) struck out 17 and allowed just five hits but walked 12, suffering the loss in both games and marking the first time in her career she dropped a game to the same opponent on the same day.

The Green Terror returns to action at Haverford on Sunday. The first game of the doubleheader begins at 1 p.m.