KISSIMMEE, Fla. – McDaniel split a pair of games against New Jersey Athletic Conference opponents at the Sunkissed Classic in non-conference softball action on Wednesday.
The Green Terror (5-7) defeated College of New Jersey 16-8 in six innings behind a 12-run sixth inning before falling 8-4 to Rowan in game two.
Morgan Scardina (Pasadena, Md./Seton Keough) led McDaniel with five hits, three RBIs and three runs scored.
Trailing 8-4 against the Lions (8-3), the Green Terror sent 17 batters to the plate in the sixth innings and scored 12 runs in the frame.
After the first pitching change, doubles from Scardina and Tayler Hishon (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) drew McDaniel within 8-7.
After TCNJ elected to issue an intentional walk to Tori Wilkins (Lutz, Fla./Land O'Lakes), Megan Coyle (Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman) poked a single into left to load the bases and force a second pitching change.
Four straight walks gave the Green Terror an 11-8 lead before a third pitching change an RBI groundout from Michael pushed the lead to four.
A Scardina sacrifice fly to shallow left and Hishon single stretched the lead to 14-8.
After another walk to Wilkins, Coyle singled up the middle and Payton Lewis (Valrico, Fla./Durant) drove a double to the gap for a 16-8 lead.
After a leadoff double in the bottom of the frame, Valerie Lamb (Miami Gardens, Fla./Miramar) got a popup and Michael turned a line drive up the middle into a double play to end the game.
Scardina and Hishon led off the game with singles before Wilkins blasted a three-run home run to left field for a 3-0 lead.
A Lauren Conroy three-run home run keyed a five-run bottom of the first.
A Michael one-out walk and back-to-back singles from Scardina and Hishon closed the deficit to 5-4 before the Lions plated three runs over the next two innings to open up a four-run lead.
Hishon joined Scardina with four hits and three RBIs in the game while Coyle had a pair of knocks. Lamb pitched five innings of relief to pick up the win.
In the nightcap, the Profs (11-3) rallied with four runs in the fourth and seventh innings to take an 8-4 win.
After a Cassandra Gerard single and fielding error, Sonia Sharma poked a three-run home run just inside the left-field foul pole to make it a 4-3 game.
A Kristina Mueller single, walk and dropped line drive tied the game.
Gerard led off the seventh with a double to left before a popped up bunt accounted for the first out. After a dropped fly ball, Jesse DeMomenico dropped a pinch-hit single into right to give her team the lead.
A Kelly Duffy double and Carly Anderson bunt single extended the advantage to 8-4.
Scardina led off the home first with a double before Hishon was hit by a pitch. Singles from Wilkins and Coyle gave McDaniel a 1-0 lead.
A Lewis walk loaded the bases with one out before Maryanna Lynch (Newark, Del./Archmere Academy) drew a walk to force in Wilkins for a 2-0 lead.
A Michael bouncing ball up the middle plated two runs for a 4-0 lead.
DeDomenico pitched 6 2/3 innings in relief, striking out nine for the win.
The Green Terror returns to action against Wheaton (Mass.) and Skidmore on Thursday. The first game begins at 11:15 a.m.