NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Caroline Brehm, the nation’s leader in stikeouts, fanned a career-high and school-record 20 batters to lead McDaniel College to the 3-1, 14-inning marathon victory over Ferrum College at Captains Park. The contest lasted over three hours and fell one inning shy of tying the regional record for the longest game played.
Brehm (23-9) went the distance in the circle for the Green Terror, pitching a five-hitter and giving up one run. Rachel Shumaker (11-3) took the hard-fought loss for the Panthers, going 7 1/3 innings.
In the top of the third inning with two outs and a runner on third, Sam Stitley hit a hard grounder to Brittany Barlow, who bobbled it, allowing Beth Ann Fusco to score for McDaniel.
Ferrum (36-14) finally got some offense in the bottom of the sixth. With R. Shumaker on first after drawing a walk, Shelbie Hall roped a two-out RBI double back to the warning track in center field to tie the game.
The Green Terror’s Stephanie Maring led off the seventh inning with a walk and Leigh Blohm, her pinch runner, advanced to second on a bunt by Beth Ann Fusco. With two outs, Amy Baumgardner lifted a single into center field. Blohm was waved around third to try and put McDaniel ahead, but the relay throw from Karly Thompson to Suzanne Plasters was on the money to tag Blohm out at home. Brehm worked a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh to set up extra ball.
Stitley led off the eighth with a double to deep left and advanced to third on a passed ball. However, R. Shumaker retired the side after two ground outs and a popup snagged in foul territory by Barlow.
Barlow drilled a two-out double in the bottom of the 10th, but was left stranded after Kylene Culler popped up harmlessly to first base. After R. Shumaker worked a scoreless top of the 11th, Plasters hoisted a triple to deep-right field. With a chance to help her cause, R. Shumaker popped up to Brehm and Plasters was caught off the bag on the play to end the threat.
Hannah Shumaker lined a triple down the right field line with one out in the bottom of the 12th, but was left there after Chloe Brzycki grounded out and Thompson popped up.
Runners got on first and second with two outs in the top of the 13th, but R, Shumaker induced a ground out to get out of the inning. In the bottom of the frame, Ky. Culler took base after being hit by a pitch. Plasters drew a four-pitch walk, followed by R. Shumaker being hit by a pitch to get the bases juiced. However, Hall flied out to right center to end the inning.
In the top of the 14th, McDaniel’s Erinne Warrenfeltz hit an RBI single to left to plate Baumgardner for the go-ahead run. The Green Terror would add another run on a hit-by-pitch with the bases juiced to take a 3-1 advantage into the bottom of the frame.
The Panthers could not reach home plate in the bottom of the 14th to keep the game going. The Black and Gold wrap their season up with a program-record 36 wins, while McDaniel (29-13) advances to play 17th-ranked Salisbury University tomorrow at noon.
Hall, H. Shumaker, Thompson, Barlow and Plasters pounded out the five hits for Ferrum.
Baumgardner, Beans and Warrenfeltz each went for two hits, while Stitley, Liebowitz and Blohm were credited with one for the Green Terror.