BALTIMORE—Despite outhitting Maine, 9-7, the UMBC softball team (14-12, 0-3 AE) allowed six unearned runs and dropped the series finale of America East-opening weekend, 9-4, Sunday afternoon at UMBC Softball Stadium.
Senior Stephanie Weigman (Elkridge, Md./Archbishop Spalding) retired the first seven batters she faced before back-to-back errors on grounders put runners on first and third in the top of the third. After a hit batter loaded the bases, Weigman appeared to escape the jam by inducing a ground ball, but another Retriever miscue instead allowed two runs to score. In all, three UMBC errors in the inning led to four unearned runs, and the Black Bears led, 4-0, by the end of it.
The score remained the same until the sixth, when Maine scored three more runs on four hits to take a 7-0 lead, but another error proved costly for the Retrievers, as two of the runs were unearned.
UMBC had runners in scoring position in the first, fourth and fifth innings, but was unable to crack the scoreboard until the sixth. With runners on second and third, junior first baseman Katie Ferguson (North East, Md./North East/Cecil CC) singled down the right field line to plate both runs, and junior catcher Angela Yannone (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) followed with her first career home run, which pulled the Retrievers to within three, 7-4.
But the Black Bears got two of those runs back in the top of the seventh, and UMBC again stranded a runner in scoring position in the bottom of the inning, as Maine held on for the 9-4 victory.
Weigman (8-7) took the loss after allowing nine runs (three earned) on seven hits and one walk while striking out six in 6.1 innings of work. Beth Spoehr (5-6) gave up four runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings to pick up her second win of the weekend, while Kylie Sparks earned the save after tossing 1.2 scoreless innings in relief.
Ferguson went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run to pace the Retrievers offensively, while left fielder Kali Burnham led the Black Bears with a 2-for-4, 2-run, 2-RBI effort.
The Retrievers return to action next weekend, when they hit the road for the first time in a month to face America East rival Stony Brook in a three-game series. The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday, April 2, beginning at 1 p.m., and a single game on Sunday, April 3, at 12 p.m.