June 18, 2013

Caroline with a C or a K?

The two-time Centennial Conference Pitcher of the Year has racked up some impressive numbers in her first two seasons on the Hill.

As a freshman, Caroline Brehm baffled opposing hitters for 231 innings. Just think about these:

• 13 strikeouts in her debut

• 19 outings with 10 or more strikeouts

• 377 strikeouts for a new program record (previous best was 130)

• 20-strikeout, 14-inning performance in the NCAA tournament

• Centennial Conference Pitcher of the Year

• All-Region

• All-Tournament at the Newport News NCAA Regional

• No hitters on back-to-back days

• Four Centennial Conference Pitcher of the Week honors

So, what could she do for an encore?

March 2, 2013: Caroline Brehm went 15-up, 15-down with 10 strikeouts and the McDaniel offense rapped out 28 hits and scored 34 over two five-inning games to sweep Mary Baldwin.

The Green Terror opened the day with a 15-0 victory behind Brehm's first collegiate perfect game and third career no-hitter before completing the sweep with a 19-7 win.

Brehm finished off her perfect game with two groundouts and her 10th strikeout.

March 13, 2013: Three innings and two strikeouts into her 45th career outing, the sophomore 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.

The Green Terror took the opener 10-0 behind a five-inning, one-hit, 10-strikeout performance from Brehm. Game two was a 5-4 victory.

After her offense gave her a 10-0 advantage after two innings, 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 inning of game two 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.

Then, of course there were the accolades.

• Four Centennial Conference Pitcher of the Week honors

• Centennial Conference Pitcher of the Year

• 345 strikeouts in 227 1/3 innings (making the career total 722)

• 17 outings with 10 or more strikeouts

That only leaves one question: What will 2014 bring? Stay tuned and find out.

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