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Liebowitz cracks four hits

Jordan Beans  2012 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Jordan Beans 2012 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel scored 10 runs in the fourth and fifth innings of game two to overcome a 7-3 deficit and forge a split with Muhlenberg in Centennial Conference (CC) softball action on Saturday.

The Green Terror (17-7, 9-1 CC) rapped out 16 hits in the 13-7 nightcap victory, led by three from Jackie Liebowitz (Bellerose, N.Y./Benjamin N. Cordozo). The Mules (12-12, 7-3 CC) took advantage of a pair of first-inning miscues to build a 4-0 lead en route to a 9-3 game-one win.

Amy Baumgardner (Hanover, Pa./South Western) and Erinne Warrenfeltz (Smithsburg, Md./Middletown) joined Liebowitz with four hits on the day.

Alyssa Schell led Muhlenberg with five hits on the day, including three in the opener. 

With one out in the bottom of the fourth of game two, Jordan Beans (Hanover, Pa./Hanover) poked a single through the left side before Leigh Blohm (Bel Air, Md./Toms River North [N.J.]) followed with a sharp single to right to put runners at first and second.

With two outs, Rachel Sidney (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow), who was 3-for-5 in game two, roped a double to the gap in right-center to score both runners, taking third on the throw.

Baumgardner followed with a double of her own to score Sidney and draw the hosts within 7-6.

Caroline Brehm (Hanover, Pa./New Oxford) worked around a leadoff infield single in the top of the fifth before the bats went to work in the bottom of the inning.

Liebowitz led off with a single through the right side. Tracy Davis (Christiansburg, Va./Christiansburg) successfully executed the sacrifice to move pinch-runner Megan Moore (Bridgeton, N.J./Cumberland Valley) to second before Sam Stitely (Westminster, Md./North Carroll) reached on a misplay.

With runners at the corners, Beans drilled a 1-0 pitch over the left-center fence to give the Green Terror a 9-7 lead.

After a lineout right back to new pitcher Heather Porrini, Beth Ann Fusco (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) and Sidney each singled.

Baumgardner followed with a single of her own to plate Fusco for a 10-7 lead and Warrenfeltz reached on an infield single to load the bases.

Liebowitz followed with a single of her own, plating Sidney and Baumgardner for a 12-7 advantage.

Davis put a ball into the left-field corner to score Warrenfeltz from second and set the final margin.

Brehm retired the final six batters she faced after issuing an intentional pass to Kelly Kline in the bottom of the frame, including three of her eight strikeouts in the game.

A Schell leadoff single and Kline two-out blast to left field staked the Mules to an early 2-0 advantage.

A Liebowitz single, throwing error, passed ball and Beans sacrifice fly cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the second.

Muhlenberg responded with a Kline one-out solo homer to right in the top of the third.

In the bottom of the inning, Sidney reached on a one-out error before scoring on a Warrenfeltz double with two down.

A second error in the inning allowed pinch-runner Lauren Fusco (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) to score and knot the game at 3-all.

Singles from Jessica Costa and Schell coupled with a hit batsman loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the fourth before Colleen O'Donnell drew a walk to force in Costa.

A passed ball allowed Schell to score before a Kline sacrifice fly plated Wenzel for a 6-3 lead.

Chelsea Benjamin followed with a single up the middle to score O'Donnell for a 7-3 advantage.

Schell led off game one with a hard-hit double down the left-field line before beating the throw to third on a Wenzel fielder's choice.

A muffed throw on a Wenzel stolen base allowed Schell to score.

With one out, Kline reached on a dropped fly ball and Benjamin walked to load the bases for Brittany Blohm, who also drew a walk to force in Wenzel for a 2-0 lead.

With two outs, Shelby Smith doubled home Kline and Benjamin to stake the visitors to a 4-0 lead.

Liebowitz was hit by a pitch with one on and one out in the second before scoring four batters later on a bases-loaded walk to Beth Ann Fusco (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti).

An error, walk to Benjamin and sacrifice bunt put runners at second and third with one out in the fifth for Devon Barber, who singled up the middle to score both runners for a 6-1 lead.

A walk, double steal, wild pitch and RBI groundout from Costa pushed the lead to 7-1.

Warrenfeltz singled home Beans from second base in the fifth before the Mules got the run back on a solo homer from Kline in the sixth.

Doubles from Blohm and Baumgardner in the bottom of the sixth set the final margin.

The Green Terror returns to action at Ursinus on Saturday. The first game begins at 1 p.m.


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