BALTIMORE, Md. – After Saturday's America East opener between UMBC and Albany was canceled due to rain, the Great Danes won both makeup games today at the UMBC Softball Stadium. The series finale will be played on Monday with the first pitch scheduled for 12 p.m.
Freshman Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va./Cosby) led the Retrievers in the two games, going a combined 3-for-5 at the plate with two homeruns and four RBIs. Sophomore Caitlin Chance (Easton, Md./Easton) also registered three hits in the two games.
In game one, Hall gave the Retrievers an early 2-0 lead, hitting her second career homerun in the bottom of the first inning. Albany edged closer immediately however, picking up a run in the top of the second to cut UMBC's lead in half.
UMBC responded in the bottom of the third when Hall once again homered to left following a single by Chance, pushing the host's lead to three, 4-1.
The Great Danes pulled even just an inning later, scoring three runs on two homeruns, knotting the game at four runs apiece.
Both teams got runners on base over the next three innings, but neither could push a run across, forcing extra innings. Albany made the most of the opportunity, taking the lead on a two-out double by Lauren Alcorn.
Both Albany's Brittany MacFawn and UMBC's Katie Ferguson (North East, Md./North East/Cecil CC) pitched a complete game with each taking the decision for her squad, respectively.
In game two, Albany signaled its intent early, scoring twice in the top of the first. Two-time America East Player of the Week Jessica Warner (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) cut into the lead right away for UMBC, hitting a lead-off homerun in the bottom of the first, her eighth round tripper of the year, to get UMBC on the board.
The Retrievers could not get much going after that though, getting outhit 11-5 in the game as Albany scored two runs in the third and seventh innings each to claim the second game of the day as well.
Brittany Schweiger earned the with for the Great Danes, going the distance while giving up only the one run while scattering five hits.
Freshman Miranda Clark (Tampa, Fla./H.B. Plant) was charged with the loss after giving up four runs on four hits in two and two-thirds innings of work.