Softball Splits Two on Final Day of Charleston Southern Tournament
CHARLESTON, S.C. – The UMBC softball team (2-6) fell to host Charleston Southern, 4-0, in the final round robin game, but defeated Hampton, 14-9, in the consolation contest Saturday at Buccaneer Field in the Charleston Southern Tournament.
After falling to the Pirates yesterday, the Retrievers had to come from behind on Saturday after Hampton scored three first inning runs.
UMBC responded quickly though, tying the score at three in the top of the second inning on an RBI single by senior Katie Ferguson (North East, Md./North East/Cecil CC).
The Retrievers were forced to regroup again after the Pirates plated one in the bottom of the third, but a four run rally, capped by an RBI single by freshman Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va./Cosby), gave UMBC its first lead of the game.
Hampton again rallied and took the lead, 9-7, after scoring two runs in the bottom of the fourth and three in the fifth.
The Retrievers were not done though, sending ten batters to the plate in the top of the seventh to turn the two run deficit into a six run lead, 14-7. Hall's double brought in two runs to give UMBC the lead, 10-9. SeniorKatrina Gaar (Newport Beach, Calif./Corona del Mar/Orange Coast CC) finished off the rally by plating classmate Ashley Carver (Swoyersville, Pa./Wyoming Valley West) with a single to center.
Freshman Miranda Clark (Tampa, Fla./H.B. Plant) picked up her first career win for the Retrievers and is now 1-1 on the season.
In the opening game, UMBC was shutout by tournament host Charleston Southern, 4-0.
The Buccaneers' Linzy Rother threw seven scoreless innings to record the win, while Ferguson (0-4) was charged with the loss.
UMBC now returns to Baltimore before traveling to rival Towson on Wed., Feb. 29. First pitch between the Retrievers and Tigers is scheduled for 2 p.m.