Softball Drops 3-2 Heartbreaker to No. 3 Binghamton; Fourth-Seeded Retrievers Eliminated from America East Championship
BOSTON—Third-seeded Binghamton (23-22) scored twice in the top of the sixth and held on to defeat the UMBC softball team (25-25) by a score of 3-2 Friday afternoon on the second day of the America East Championship at the BU Softball Field. With the loss, the Retrievers were knocked out of the double-elimination tournament.
UMBC took an early 1-0 lead in the first when freshman third baseman Jessica Warner (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) and senior left fielder Julia Culotta (Street, Md./North Harford/Tennessee) pulled off a double steal.
After walking the first batter of the game, UMBC senior right-handerStephanie Weigman (Elkridge, Md./Archbishop Spalding) retired nine in a row before allowing a leadoff home run to center fielder Meghan Tucker in the fourth, which tied the game.
But the Retrievers bounced back with a run in the bottom of the inning to regain a 2-1 lead when senior designated player Lauren O'Malley (Pasadena, Md./Archbishop Spalding) blooped a single to center to drive in senior center fielder Lynn Pronobis (Waldorf, Md./McDonough). Earlier in the inning, Pronobis, who reached on a fielder's choice, stole her 30th base of the season, becoming the eighth Retriever ever to record 30 steals in a year.
Binghamton scored twice in the sixth to take its first lead of the game without recording a hit in the inning. Weigman walked the first two batters, then after winning an 11-pitch battle with America East co-Player of the Year Jessica Phillips by inducing a fly ball, she hit catcher Deannie Plemon with a pitch to load the bases. With first baseman Stephanie DeLuca at the plate, Weigman unleashed a wild pitch that allowed the tying run to score, and two pitches later, DeLuca lifted a sacrifice fly to left to drive in the eventual winning run.
Bearcat closer Kate Price entered the game for the bottom of the sixth and retired all six batters she faced fifth save of the season.
Weigman (16-15) went the distance, allowing three runs on two hits and three walks while striking out two. Rhoda Marsteller (10-9) earned the win for Binghamton after giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits and three walks while striking out five in five innings.
O'Malley was the only Retriever to collect multiple hits in the game, as she went 2-for-3 with an RBI.