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Horsey raps out seven hits in split

Megan Horsey (c) 2021 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Megan Horsey (c) 2021 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

THE FACTS
Ursinus (5-6, 5-6 CC) 7, McDaniel (6-7, 4-7 CC) 6 (Game 1)
McDaniel (7-7, 5-7 CC) 17, Ursinus (5-7, 5-7 CC) 8 (Game 2 – 9 inn.)
What: Centennial Conference (CC) softball doubleheader
When:
Saturday, May 1
Where: Collegeville, Pa.

THE SKINNY STORY
McDaniel rallied three times in game two, including plating nine runs in the top of the ninth inning, to earn a split at Ursinus. The Green Terror took game two 17-8 after the Bears used a four-run sixth inning to capture game one, 7-6.

THE LEADERS
Megan Horsey (Elkton, Md./Bohemia Manor) led McDaniel with seven hits in the twinbill, including a 5-for-7 nightcap with two RBIs and four runs scored.
• Michaela Persinger (Emmitsburg, Md./Catoctin) added six hits, including two doubles in the first game, and five runs scored. She also drew two walks and was hit by a pitch to reach base in all seven game-two plate appearances.

FOR THE FOES
• Ally St. Jean led the Bears with five hits on the day.

THE REST OF THE STORY
• In game one, Michaela Persinger led off the game with a double to the gap before moving to third on a groundout and scoring on a Mattie Whalen (Magnolia, N.J./Sterling) sacrifice fly for a 1-0 lead.
• Mackenzie Brenna reached on a fielding error to lead off the home first before scoring on a Julia Eckels single. After a stolen base and Ally St. Jean single, an RBI groundout from Heather Lazer put Ursinus in front, 2-1.
• Persinger drew a one-out walk in the third before a Megan Horsey single and fielding error tied the game with two outs. A Paytyn Hazelton (West Palm Beach, Fla./Seminole Ridge) single plated Horsey before Meg Cappadora (Manchester, Md./Manchester Valley) took third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch for a 4-2 lead.
• Whalen drew a two-out walk in the fifth before stealing second and scoring on a Cappadora single to the gap for a 5-2 advantage.
• In the bottom of the frame, Eckles led off with a single before a passed ball and pair of ground outs made it a 5-3 game.
• Jordan Moore led off the home sixth with a single before a one-out walk to Maddie Solow put two runners on. A Morgan Comfort single up the middle scored pinch-runner Karley DeSpirito. Brennan followed with an RBI single of her own to tie the game at 5-all. Eckles and St. Jean added RBI knocks of their own to make it a 7-5 game before a pair of popouts got McDaniel out of further trouble.
Julia Dimmick (Silver Spring, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) drew a walk to lead off the seventh. A Persinger double put runners at second and third before Horsey doubled home Dimmick. After a hit batter loaded the bases with no outs but Ursinus came home on a ground ball to prevent the tying run from scoring then threw out another would-be tying run on a sacrifice fly attempt.
• In game two, Cappadora doubled home Horsey, who singled earlier in the inning, with two outs for a 1-0 Green Terror advantage. A fielding error allowed Cappadora to come home for a 2-0 lead.
• Four straight one-out singles and a two-out, two-run double down the line from Megan Hasulak turned the tables in the bottom of the inning and gave the hosts an early 4-2 lead.
• Delaney Baker and Comfort started the fourth inning with singles before a two-out Lazer single up the middle stretched the lead to 6-2.
• Persinger walked to lead off the visitor fifth before a Horsey single up the middle and Whalen double made it 6-3, plating pinch-runner Emily Kain (Sykesville, Md./Century). After a hit batter and fielding error, Makayla Calamita (Fleetwood, Pa./Fleetwood Area) reached with an infield single, scoring Cappadora to close the deficit to 6-5.
• Persinger was hit by a pitch to start the sixth before singles from Horsey and Whalen tied the game at 6-all.
• Persinger singled down the left-field line to open the eighth before a fielding error and one-out Cappadora double to right-center gave the Green Terror an 8-6 edge.
• Baker drew a walk to start the home half of the frame before a wild pitch and Brennan double made it a one-run game. A fielding error moved Brennan to third, allowing her to score on an Eckles groundout and tie the game once again.
• A one-out fielding error and walk brought Horsey to the plate with two on. She singled to center to score Dimmick. With two outs, Cappadora singled to left-center to score Persinger. A two-run single from Hazelton stretched the lead to 12-8. Kylie Sears (Lusby, Md./Patuxent) followed with an infield single before Calamita roped a double to the gap, scoring pinch-runner Keilani Rebollo (Millersville, Md./Old Mill) and Sears for a 14-8 lead. Myannah Robinson (Cocoa, Fla./Cocoa) followed with a pinch-hit single to score Calamita and Dimmick recorded her first hit of the season to put runners at the corners once again. Singles down the line from Persinger and Horsey scored Robinson and Dimmick, respectively, for a 17-8 lead.
Shannon Musolf (Phoenix, Md./Dulaney) finished off six innings of relief work in the circle with a 1-2-3 bottom of the inning to preserve the win.

THE INSIDE STORY
Megan Horsey's five hits in game two tied the program record for hits in a single game. She also scored four runs in the game, which is second in program history.
Michaela Persinger went 4-for-4 in the second game. Her four-hit game was a career best.
• Persinger and Horsey each had two hits in game one.
• Shannon Musolf struck out five and allowed just one earned run in her six innings of work to pick up her second win in the circle.
• The 17 runs scored in game two were the most by the Green Terror in a conference game since a 17-9 win at Franklin & Marshall on Apr. 22, 2010.

NEXT UP
McDaniel concludes the season in a non-conference doubleheader at Gettysburg on Sunday. The first game begins at 2 p.m.