OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Stevenson softball sophomore Erin Stephey recorded five hits while junior Jasmyn Ogletree launched her third home run this season as the Mustangs split a non-conference doubleheader versus McDaniel Wednesday afternoon at Weinberg-Fine Stadium.
The Mustangs (9-21) fell for the second time in the last three games in extra innings, 8-5, before rallying for a 3-2 victory in game two. The win was the fourth one-run victory in the last nine games for the team.
A five-hit first inning for the Green Terror (22-13-1) led to three runs for the visitors but the hosts responded with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning on a two-RBI double by senior Naomi Fields. It is the third extra-base hit for Fields this season.
Following a leadoff single by Stephey in the third inning, Ogletree took the first pitch deep over the left field fence to give Stevenson a 4-3 lead. All three of Ogletree's home runs have come at home this season with all three going to left field.
McDaniel tied the game at 4-4 in the fifth inning as a single by Payton Lewis up the middle to the deep infield scored a run from second.
Both teams went three up, three down over the next two and a half innings to force extra innings. The Green Terror scored four runs in the top of the eighth as they recorded five hits, including three runs on two hits with two outs.
The Mustangs were able to get one run back but that was it as Jamie Weisser allowed no hits through the final five innings to earn the win.
Stephey recorded two of the team's four hits while also scoring two runs.
McDaniel started the same way in game two as it did in game one, taking an early lead after pushing two runs across on three hits.
Stevenson got the first two runners on in the bottom of the fourth inning as both Ogletree and freshman Morghan Fulton recorded singles. Junior Kate Finnen picked up an RBI as she reached on a fielder's choice allowing freshman and pinch runner Gina D'Andrea to score.
Freshman Haley Lennon nearly tied the game on one swing as the ball hit the top of the fence and bounced back into the field of play for a standup double. But Lennon would score the game-tying run on an RBI single up the middle by Stephey.
Ogletree then took a 3-0 count down the right field line to score Stephey for the go-ahead run.
In the top of the sixth, Ogletree struck out the side, including back-to-back strike outs swinging. Ogletree got out of a jam in the top of the seventh with runners on first and second and one out to pick up her fourth win of the season.
Stephey went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate while Ogletree was 2-for-3.
Stevenson returns to action on Saturday, April 29 when the Mustangs host 8th-ranked Messiah for a MAC Commonwealth doubleheader on Senior Day beginning at 1:00 p.m.