BALTIMORE, Md. – The UMBC softball team lost both of its games on the final day of the UMBC Dawg Pound Invitational, Sunday afternoon at the UMBC Softball Stadium. In the first game, Niagara came back with two runs in the top of the sixth to down the Retrievers, 3-2. Seton Hall then scored three runs in the top of the fifth to defeat UMBC, 5-2. Following the weekend tournament, UMBC is now 7-10.
In game one, Niagara took the advantage by scoring one run in the top of the fourth inning. UMBC answered right back to take the lead on a two RBI double by freshman Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va./Cosby) to take the lead by one, 2-1, in the bottom of the fourth.
In the sixth inning, the visitors sandwiched two singles around a double to score two runs and take the lead back, 3-2.
With two down in the bottom half of the inning, freshman Kaila Balatgek(Reading, Pa./Exeter Township) singled, putting runners on first and second. The Retrievers could not bring them around however, and could not rally in the seventh either.
Junior Heather Brown (Pasadena, Md./Northeast) took the loss for UMBC, giving up three runs on seven hits in seven innings of work. Meanwhile, Bri Allen (2-2) picked up the win for the Purple Eagles after coming in to pitch three scoreless innings in relief.
In game two, the Retrievers took the initiative against the Pirates, plating a run in the bottom of the first. With one down, sophomore Jessica Warner (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) doubled down the leftfield line and then advanced to third on a single to center by Chance. Warner came into score on a wild pitch to give UMBC the lead.
Seton Hall rallied to tie the game in the top of the fourth on a leadoff homerun by Kristen Kaelin.
The next inning, the Pirates capitalized on a UMBC error to score three unearned runs against starter Katie Ferguson (North East, Md./North East/Cecil CC). Ferguson (4-5) was charged with the loss after giving up five runs, two of them earned, on six hits over seven innings.
Casey Moses (1-1) picked up the win for Seton Hall after throwing six innings in relief, yielding only one run on three hits.
UMBC plated a run in the bottom of the fourth to pull within two, 4-2, on a homerun by Warner.
Seton Hall answered with another run in the fifth to provide the final margin, 5-2.
The Retrievers have the midweek off from games before hosting the UMBC Spring Classic next weekend. On Thursday, day one of the four-day tournament, UMBC will take on Siena and St. Francis. The Retrievers will then play one game each against Sacred Heart, Rhode Island and Brown on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively.