WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel took advantage of two third-inning errors to score a pair of runs en route to a 3-0 win over Cabrini in the opening round of the 2014 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) South softball tournament on Thursday.
Caroline Brehm (Hanover, Pa./New Oxford), who was named Centennial Conference Pitcher of the Year one day earlier, struck out 16 batters and allowed just three base runners to lead the Green Terror (27-15), who advances to the double-elimination portion of the tournament on Saturday and Sunday. McDaniel will face Alvernia in the second game of the day on Saturday. The winner will meet the winner of the Misericordia-Arcadia game in the final game of the day with the two losers meeting in an elimination game following the McDaniel-Alvernia game.
Rachel Sidney (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) led the offense for the Green Terror with a pair of hits.
Taylor Mack had the lone hit of the day for the Cavaliers (25-18), dropping a one-out single into shallow center field in the top of the sixth inning.
Caitlin Justice (Stuart, Fla./Jensen Beach) led off the bottom of the third inning with an infield hit before being erased on a fielder's choice.
A Sidney single through the right side moved Ally Galati (Milford, Pa./Cornwall Central) to second while reaching first.
A fielding error allowed Galati to score with the game's first run.
After Sidney tagged to go to third on a flyout, the ensuing throw went out of play to grant the senior home and stretch the lead to 2-0.
Galati reached on a muffed throw on a bunt attempt to lead off the fifth inning.
After stealing second and moving to third on a groundout, an Amy Baumgardner (Hanover, Pa./South Western) sacrifice fly set the final margin.