McDaniel Sweeps Softball on Strikeout Cancer Day
SWARTHMORE, Pa. - McDaniel's ace pitcher Caroline Brehm limited the Swarthmore softball team (10-12, 0-6) to just two runs over two games, helping the Green Terror (16-6, 8-0) sweep the Garnet by scores of 12-2 (5 innings) and 2-0 on Tuesday afternoon in the Garnet's designated StrikeOut Cancer doubleheader.
While Brehm - who entered the game having pitched two consecutive no-hitters - ultimately tamed the Swat offense over 12 innings, the Garnet bats did better than most Centennial opponents have of late. The Swat offense recorded six hits over the two games, led by junior Kate Smayda's three singles in the first game. Sophomore Nicole Aaron smashed a two-run home run over the centerfield fence in the first inning of the first game to account for Swarthmore's only runs of the afternoon. Junior Rose Pitkin - the only Garnet batter to hit safely in the second game - and freshman Chelsea Matzko also hit safely.
Sophomore Sarina Lowe (2-4) pitched outstanding in the second game despite taking the loss. She went the distance, allowing just one earned run on eight hits with two strikeouts.
Brehm earned the victory in both games, combining for 23 strikeouts and two earned runs over two games. The first-year was at her best in the second game, when she allowed just one hit over seven innings with 13 strikeouts.
In the first game, the Garnet dug itself a nine-run first-inning hole and could never recover. The Green Terror led off the game by sending 13 batters to plate, scoring nine runs on just two hits. The Green Terror were greatly aided by seven walks issued by Swat pitchers.
The Swarthmore bats responded in the bottom half of the first, as Smayda and Aaron helped make it a 9-2 game, but it was already too little, too late, as McDaniel prevailed in five innings, 12-2.
In the second game, Swarthmore played neck-and-neck with first-place McDaniel until the final out. Thanks to the pitching of Lowe and superb defense of Smayda - who made a run-saving diving catch to end the fifth inning - and shortstop Elizabeth Cushing, the game remained scoreless through five innings.
In the top of the sixth inning, the Green Terror broke the scoreless tie when Erinne Warrenfeltz blasted a two-out solo home run over left-center to put the Green Terror up 1-0.
McDaniel added an unearned two-out run in the top of 7th to make it a 2-0 game, which was more than enough for Brehm, who closed out her one-hit shutout with a one-two-three final inning.
Sophomore Melissa O'Connor (6-6) took the loss for the Garnet in the first game.
Swarthmore remains at home on Thursday when Franklin & Marshall travels to Clothier Field in a re-scheduled game at 3:00 p.m. A video stream of the game will be available via the Garnet Sports Network.