Softball Works Overtime to Sweep Green Terror

Photo by Chris Knight
Photo by Chris Knight

(Carlisle, Pa.) – The Dickinson softball team improve to 4-0 in the Centennial Conference, sweeping McDaniel College for the first time since 2009. The Red Devils opened conference play with a sweep of Ursinus on Saturday and claimed both ends of a double-header here on Tuesday.

The Red Devils held off a late rally in the opener to take game on, 6-4. They worked overtime to rally past the Green Terror 11-10, in 11 innings in the nightcap.

The Red Devils took a 2-0 lead in the third. Marissa Fabbo (Wilbraham, Mass./Wilbraham & Munson) led-off with a double and Brigitte Gutpelet (Norristown, Pa./Penn Charter) drew a walk.

After junior Kat Parise (Pine Bush, N.Y./Pine Bush) sacrificed the runners over, Julie Siecinski (Edison, N.J./J.P. Stevens) grounded out to score a run and Maggie McConney (Collegeville, Pa./Spring-Ford) doubled to the wall in right center to score Gutpelet.

McDaniel countered with a run in the fourth. Kristina Shank doubled and moved to third on an error. Shank came across on a double-steal to cut the deficit to 2-1.

Fabbo singled again in the fifth and Siecinski reached on an error to set up a two-run double from McConney. The Red Devils stretched the lead to 5-1 as Kristen Acocella (Redding, Conn./Joel Barlow) singled to score McConney.

Alissa Lema (Lutherville, Md./Towson) came on as pinch-runner in the sixth after Hannah Brenner (Stafford, Va./Mountain View) reached on an error. She immediately stole second and would later score on an error off the bat of Gutpelet for a 6-1 lead.

The Green Terror tried to make a comeback with three runs in the seventh with the help of a two-run homer from Shank. Kat Vill (South Plainfield, N.J./South Plainfield) came on in relief and closed out the inning to earn the save.

Madison Milaszewski (Rutland, Mass./Sutton) went 6.2 innings to get credit for the win, recording four strikeouts.

McConney went 2-for-2 with three RBI, a run scored and a walk to lead the way at the plate. Fabbo went 2-for-3 with two runs scored in the opener.

The Red Devils took an early lead in game two at Acocella tripled to lead-off the second inning and scored on a sacrifice fly from Lindsey Keller (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) to put Dickinson on the board.

McDaniel got the bats going on the fourth, scoring four runs to take a 4-1 lead. The Red Devils produced three runs in the fifth to knot the game after Lema led-off with a bunt single. Gutpelet singled and Parise moved them both with another sacrifice bunt.

McConney added an RBI with sacrifice fly to right field, moving all three runners after Siecinski drew a walk.

Acocella came through with a clutch single to score two more runs and pull the Red Devils even.

The scored would remain deadlocked until the bottom of the 11th. Lema was placed on second base to start the inning and almost immediately came around to score as she left on contact as Gutpelet forced a quick throw and an error with a hard shot to short, scoring Lema for the game-winner.

Lema went 3-for-5 with two runs scored in the nightcap. Acocella went 3-for-5 as well, driving in two runs and scoring another while Paige Hahn (Nazareth, Pa./Nazareth) added two hits as well.

Killian Kueny (Ewing, N.J./Ewing) started the game and then returned in relief to claim the victory in the circle. She allowed just three hits and recorded five strikeouts on the night. Vill came on to keep the Green Terror scoreless for 2.2 innings.

The Red Devils improve to 10-10 overall and 4-0 in the conference. They travel to Juniata College for a non-conference double-header on Thursday at 3:00 pm.