It had been five days since Anne Arundel Community College's golf team tied a school regular-season record by shooting a 308 to defeat Montgomery-Rockville. The Pioneers had to figure out what to do for an encore.
They came up with the answer Tuesday, breaking the record with a 306 on the Black Rock course in Hagerstown.
"Our sophomores really came through," said coach Cal Peterson, after his team had improved to 7-0. "I had four players shoot under 80, and it very well could have been five."
Kris Niemi led the way with a 72. John Lowden, who played two years ago before sitting out last season, shot a 76. Matt Hoffman and Joey DiLodovico each turned in a 79.
The next challenge comes today at Frederick, a Division II school with the advantage of loading its roster with scholarship players.
Anne Arundel and Camden (N.J.) combined for 59 hits in yesterday's doubleheader. The Pioneers (28-3, 15-0) lost the first game, 10-6, and won the second, 10-7.
Mandy McLaughlin (10-2) gave up 15 hits and four earned runs in the first game. Angie Mihalik (10-0) allowed 14 hits -- including 10 in the first three innings -- and three earned runs in the nightcap.
Amy Perry went 4-for-7 with two runs scored and two RBIs in the two games. Jeannette Merrick went 4-for-6 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Alicia Conine had three hits, including two triples, and four RBIs. Brandee Pennington went 5-for-8 with four runs scored. Amanda Kopchinski had two hits, a run scored and an RBI in the opener. Lisa Biederman went 3-for-3 in the second game with a double and a run scored. Jen Miller went 2-for-2 in the nightcap with one run scored and one RBI.
Conine has 49 RBIs, seven more than last year when she set a school record. Perry has 31.
Anne Arundel came in as the No. 5 hitting team in the nation. Camden (21-2) was fourth.
The Pioneers swept a doubleheader at the University of Maryland Monday, 8-6 and 2-1.
In the first game, McLaughlin allowed 13 hits and walked five, but was given plenty of offensive support. Pennington went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored, Conine belted a three-run homer, Perry went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Kristie Rhinehart had three hits and scored three runs.
Anne Arundel didn't equal its 14-hit attack in the second game, but Mihalik gave up just one hit and struck out four. Rhinehart drove in the winning run in the fifth.
Anne Arundel received 17 saves from Brandee Snyder in Saturday's 13-8 win at the Naval Academy. Melissa Pratt made 15 saves for the Midshipmen.
Robin Quinton scored four times for Anne Arundel (10-1-1). Karen Chesley had three goals and one assist, Denise Perrone had two goals and one assist, and Trish Davidson and Laura Van Brunt scored twice.
ACC (8-3) defeated Harford (6-6) yesterday, 22-11, behind five goals from Scott Walstrum, four from Maury LaPointe and three HTC each from David Livingston and Craig McKenzie. Andy Mocarsky scored twice, and Matt Pugh and Steve Morgan combined for 14 saves.