LANCASTER, Pa. – McDaniel shut out Franklin & Marshall in the opener before the hosts staved off a furious rally in game two of a Centennial Conference (CC) softball doubleheader on Tuesday.
Emily Sneeringer (Hanover, Pa./South Western) led the Green Terror (10-8, 2-2 CC) with five hits and three hits across the twinbill. McDaniel took game one 3-0 before dropping the nightcap, 8-7.
Megan Ryan led the Diplomats (13-7, 4-2 CC) with a 3-for-3 game two to with two RBIs and two runs scored. She also earned the save in the circle.
In the opener, Rachel Sidney (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) led off the game with a walk before stealing both second and third and scoring on a fielder's choice for a 1-0 lead.
Lauren Stricker (Mt. Airy, Md./South Carroll) followed with a two-run bomb for a 3-0 lead.
Caroline Brehm (Hanover, Pa./New Oxford) struck out 11 batters for her third shutout of the season.
In game two, Franklin & Marshall scored all eight of its runs in the bottom of the third inning before holding on to earn the split.
McDaniel took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second. Stitely drew a one-out walk before a two-out Amy Baumgardner (Hanover, Pa./South Western) single put runners at first and second.
Sneeringer followed with a double to score Stitely for a 1-0 lead.
Seven of the Diplmoats' nine hits came in the bottom of the third inning when the hosts sent 11 batters to the plate to build an 8-1 lead.
Rachel Laufer had a bases-loaded double to make it a 5-1 game before Ryan capped the frame with a two-run home run to left-center.
Doubles from Stitely and Stricker made it an 8-2 game in the top of the fourth before the Green Terror rallied with five runs in the seventh.
A one-one single from Stacey Armacost (Glenville, Pa./South Western) put runners at first and second before a wild pitch moved the two runners up a base.
Stephanie Maring (Woodbine, Md./South Carroll) followed with an RBI infield single and Jackie Liebowtiz (Bellerose, N.Y./Benjamin N. Cardozo) added an RBI single to plate Armacost to make it an 8-4 game.
A Stitely single loaded the bases before a Stricker drove in Maring to draw the visitors within three.
Baumgardner drew a walk to reload the bases before a Sneeringer two-run single scored pinch-runner Megan Moore (Bridgeton, N.J./Cumberland Regional) and Stricker to make it a one-run game.
The Diplomats, however, induced a ground ball to leave the tying run 60 feet away.
Brehm fanned eight batters in game two while Sidney, Stitely and Baumgardner each had two hits in the nightcap.
McDaniel returns to action in the home opener against Gettysburg on Thursday. The first game of the doubleheader begins at 3 p.m.