March 3, 2012

Softball Finishes Off Canisius,6-4, on Day Two of the UMBC Retriever Classic

BALTIMORE, Md. – One day after taking a five-run lead through three innings, the UMBC softball team finished off a pesky Canisius squad, 6-4, on Saturday, the second day of the UMBC Retriever Classic at the UMBC Softball Stadium.

The game was suspended on Friday due to heavy rain in the Baltimore area, and was picked back up on Saturday.

Junior Heather Brown (Pasadena, Md./Northeast) finished what she started yesterday to record the complete game win, her second of the season.  Over seven innings, Brown (2-1) yielded only one earned run on four hits, while recording one strikeout.

Amanda Baun (0-2) was charged with the loss for Canisius, after giving up five runs in one and one-thirds inning of work.

"These two wins were our best back-to-back games of the year so far," said head coach Joe French.  "We got some clutch hits and made a few big plays when we needed them."

Three Retrievers picked up multiple-hit games, led by sophomore Caitlin Chance (Easton, Md./Easton) who drove in four of UMBC's six runs.  Over the course of the two-day game, Chance went 3-for-4 against the Golden Griffins, including her first career homerun, a grand slam. 

Freshman Courtney Reinfeld (Parkland, Fla./Stoneman Douglas) and senior Katrina Gaar (Newport Beach, Calif./Corona del Mar/Orange Coast CC) also picked up two hits each in the win for the Retrievers.

After a scoreless first inning, UMBC made its mark on the game with a five-run bottom of the second.  With one out in the inning, Chance stepped up and provided instant offense, clearing the bases with a grand slam to give the Retrievers a, 4-0, lead.

UMBC plated another run just two batter later, when sophomore Jessica Warner (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) doubled home Katie Ferguson (North East, Md./North East/Cecil CC) who had walked.

Canisius got on the board in the top of the fifth on an RBI ground out by Michelle DelPrince.

UMBC pushed back in the bottom half as senior Ashley Carver (Swoyersville, Pa./Wyoming Valley West) hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Gaar, widening the margin back to five, 6-2.

Canisius battled back in the sixth however, when Lauryn Chris' fly ball to left field was misplayed, allowing three Golden Griffins to score, cutting the deficit to two, 6-4.

Brown did not allow Canisius to get any closer though, sending three batters down in order in the top of the seventh to finish off the win for UMBC.

The Retrievers finish off play at the UMBC Retrievers Classic tomorrow with games against Niagara and Iona. First pitch against the Purple Eagles is scheduled for 11:10 a.m., with the game against the Gaels starting briefly after the conclusion of the first game.