BALTIMORE—The UMBC softball team (20-17, 5-6 AE) split a doubleheader with America East rival Binghamton (16-12, 5-3 AE) Sunday afternoon at UMBC Softball Stadium. The Retrievers won the first game, 7-5, but were blanked, 8-0, in six innings in the nightcap.
Senior second baseman Lauren Brummell (Hanover, Va./Hanover) paced the Retrievers offensively on the day, going 4-for-7 with a double, two runs scored and a stolen base.
Game 1: UMBC 7, Binghamton 5
Junior catcher Angela Yannone's (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) three-run home run with two outs in the first inning gave the Retrievers a 3-0 lead, which they would not relinquish.
Three straight two-out hits in the top of the fourth put the Bearcats on the board for the first time, but the Retrievers responded with two in the bottom of the inning to take a 5-1 lead.
Binghamton designated player Shannon Kane's two-run single in the fifth made it 5-3, and catcher Deannie Plemon led off the sixth with a homer to left to pull the Bearcats to within one, but the Retrievers added a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the inning for a 7-4 lead.
Binghamton second baseman Lisa Cutrona homered with one out in the seventh to make it 7-5, but the Bearcats could get no closer.
UMBC senior Stephanie Weigman (Elkridge, Md./Archbishop Spalding) earned the win to improve to 13-8 on the season. After retiring the first 11 batters she faced, Weigman allowed five runs on six hits and struck out four in the complete game. Kristin Emerling (6-4) took the loss for Binghamton after giving up five runs on seven hits in 3.1 innings of work.
Brummell went 3-for-4 and scored two runs, while Yannone went 2-for-4 and drove in four. Scroggin was on base in all four plate appearances, as she collected two hits and also walked twice.
Plemon was the only Bearcat with more than one hit, as she went 2-for-3 with a double and a home run.
Game 2: Binghamton 8, UMBC 0 (6 innings)
The Retrievers managed just four hits while being shut out for the first time since March 4. Binghamtonscored all eight runs in the final three innings of the game.
Left fielder Jessica Phillips, the reigning America East Rookie of the Year, and first baseman Stephanie DeLuca both homered in the third, chasing Weigman, and the Retrievers' second error of the inning led to another unearned run to make it 4-0.
Plemon hit her second home run of the day in the fifth, a two-run shot, that put Binghamton on top, 6-0, and the Bearcats added two more in the sixth on Phillips' two-run double.
Weigman (13-9) took the loss after surrendering three runs (two earned) on five hits in three innings. Rhoda Marsteller (6-5) allowed just three hits in four innings to earn the victory. The Retrievers got just one runner to second base in the game.
Phillips went 3-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs to pace the Bearcats at the plate.
The teams meet in the rubber match of the series Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at UMBC Softball Stadium.