BATLIMORE—Senior second baseman Lauren Brummell (Hanover,Va./Hanover) hit for the cycle, leading a UMBC offensive barrage in a 14-2 victory over Morgan State Saturday on the first day of the UMBC Dawg Pound Invitational. The Retrievers also dropped games against Drexel and Brown by scores of 11-3 and 2-1, respectively.
UMBC 14, Morgan State 2 (5 innings)
The Retrievers scored early and often in their first game of the day, collecting 14 runs on 13 hits, including eight that went for extra bases.
UMBC exploded for eight runs in the first inning, the big hit a bases loaded three-run double by sophomore pitcher Heather Brown(Pasadena, Md./Northeast). The Retrievers sent 12 batters to the plate in the inning, recording six hits, and Brummell notched the first half of her cycle – a double and a triple – and also scored twice.
The Bears got one back in the second on an RBI single by second baseman Amber Frame, and the Retrievers went quietly in the bottom of the inning before scoring three times in the third, as Brummell and senior third baseman Julia Culotta (Street, Md./North Harford/Tennessee) blasted back-to-back home runs to give UMBC an 11-1 lead.
Morgan State again scored a single run in the top of the fourth on an RBI single by third baseman Boshia Richardson, but sophomore right fielder Ashley Scroggin (Stafford, Va./North Stafford) gave the Retrievers a 14-2 lead with her first home run of the season, a three-run shot to left. Brummell then completed her cycle with a single through the right side.
Freshman Kayla Martinez (Odenton, Md./Arundel) relieved Brown in the fifth and got three straight groundouts to end the game.
Brown earned her first win of the season after allowing two runs on five hits in four innings of work. Jordan Eades surrendered 11 runs (nine earned) on 10 hits in three innings and took the loss.
Brummell went 4-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored to pace the Retrievers offensively. Scroggin and Brown also drove in three runs apiece. Every UMBC starter had at least one hit in the game, while eight different Retrievers had an RBI and eight scored at least once.
Drexel 11, UMBC 3 (6 innings)
The game remained close for the first three innings, but the Dragons broke it open with nine runs over the final three frames.
Drexel got on the board first in the top of the second with an unearned run, but junior catcher Becca Bernheimer (Lewes, Del./Cape Henlopen) tied it up with a two-out double in the bottom of the inning.
Drexel right fielder Rachel Campbell led off the top of the third with a home run to put the Dragons on top for good, and a pair of Retriever errors to start the fourth opened the gates for a three-run Drexel rally that gave the visitors a 5-1 lead. Bernheimer's second double of the game drove in two more to pull UMBC to within two, 5-3, at the end of four.
But that was as close as the Retrievers would get, as Drexel pitcher Hilary Allen hit a two-run home run in the fifth, and Campbell and Allen both homered for the second time in the sixth – Campbell's leading off the inning and Allen's a three-run shot with two outs – accounting for the 11-3 final.
Allen also earned the complete-game victory for the Dragons, allowing three runs (one earned) on six hits and three walks while striking out five. Senior Stephanie Weigman (Elkridge, Md./Archbishop Spalding) took the loss for UMBC after giving up seven runs (three earned) and seven hits and striking out eight.
Bernheimer went 2-for-3 with three RBI to lead the Retrievers at the plate. Allen paced Drexel with a 3-for-4, 5-RBI effort.
Brown 2, UMBC 1
The final game of the day was a pitchers' duel. The Retrievers managed just two hits but walked five times and stranded seven runners on base.
Brown pitcher Trish Melvin's RBI single in the second gave the Bears an early 1-0 lead, and they added a second run in the third on an RBI single by right fielder Alyssa Caplan.
Scroggin sliced UMBC's deficit in half with her second home run of the day to lead off the bottom of the third, and the Retrievers threatened for more, loading the bases, but could not bring anyone else home, and the teams managed just three more hits combined the rest of the way.
Junior Katie Ferguson (North East, Md./North East/Cecil CC) suffered the tough-luck loss, allowing just two runs (one earned) on seven hits without walking a batter in the complete game. Kristie Chin earned the victory for the Bears, tossing four shutout innings in relief of Melvin.
The Retrievers return to action on Sunday, when they take on Canisius and Drexel at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively, on the final day of the UMBC Dawg Pound Invitational.