BALTIMORE – UMBC softball had four players bat over .500 on the day, led by senior outfielder Ashley Scroggin (Stafford, Va./North Stafford) who went 6-for-7 from the dish and drove in three runs in day one of the UMBC Retriever Classic. The black and gold split on Friday afternoon at the UMBC Softball Stadium, defeating Morgan State, 18-2, in five innings and falling to Coppin State, 13-8, in game two of the day.
In game one, Morgan State (1-10) got on the board first, leading off the game with a home run from Shareday Christina to take the 1-0 lead. After striking out the next two batters, sophomore pitcher Miranda Clark (Tampa, Fla./H.B. Plant) struggled to find the strike zone, walking three batters and allowing a single, as one more run crossed the plate in the bottom of the first, but Clark escaped the inning with the bases loaded, fanning Kimberly Fontaine for the final out of the inning.
The Retrievers (2-9) wasted no time getting the two runs back, as UMBC exploded for a 12-run first inning. UMBC tallied nine hits – eight of the nine being singles – and drew four walks in the inning. Junior Chelsea Bertoglio (Laguna Hills, Calif./Laguna Hills/Saddleback College), Hall and junior Megan Sauble (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie/CCBC-Catonsville) each had two RBI apiece during the rally.
The black and gold registered six more singles in the bottom of the third, adding three more runs to its total. Designated player Kayla Margentino (Unionville, Conn./Farmington) picked up her third hit of the game in the fourth inning, a three-run home run into left center – her first round-tripper of the season. Bertoglio and Hall also had three-hit outings against the Bears, while Scroggin recorded a pair of doubles.
Clark settled down after the first and went on to toss four scoreless innings. The sophomore earned her first win of the season and finished with seven strikeouts. Jordan Eades started in the circle for the Bears and faced six batters, allowing seven runs on four hits, before Nicole Holguin surrendered eight earned runs in 3.1 innings.
The Retrievers dug themselves a four-run hole in game two – a contest that featured 29 hits – as Coppin State (3-0) strung together a pair of singles and followed with the three-run shot over the left field fence by Nicole Boggs. The Eagles added one more in the inning on three-straight singles.
UMBC responded in the bottom half of the inning with a three-run shot of its own, Hall's third of the year, to score freshman Bridget O'Malley (Brooklyn, Md./Seton Keough) and Bertoglio, to cut the deficit to one, 4-3.
In the bottom of the second, a single from freshman Danielle O'Neill (Loathian, Md./Southern), followed by a walk from O'Malley, sent CSU's starting pitcher Melli Richardson to the bench, however, that would not stop the Retrievers from taking over the lead. Another single from Bertoglio loaded the bases and a sac fly from Hall drove in the first of four runs in the inning, putting UMBC out in front, 7-4.
Coppin State's bats awoke again, stringing together three hits in the top of the fourth inning and adding a walk, to score three runs and tie up the score at seven apiece. The Eagles would take the lead in the fifth, on back-to-back home runs from Cheyenne Gerber and Richardson and would not look back. CSU added four runs over the last two innings to seal the victory and remain undefeated.
The two teams combined to use five pitchers in the game. Richardson (2-0) came in relief and threw six innings, allowing two earned runs on eight hits. Bertoglio moves to 2-2 on the year, while Clark and freshman Rachel Ionata (Tampa, Fla./Palm Harbor University) each saw action in the contest.
Play was suspended in the top of the fourth inning during game three (Saint Peter's versus Saint Francis) of the UMBC Retriever Classic due to darkness. Saint Francis leads 3-1 and has a runner on second with no outs and a full count. Play will resume on Sunday morning at 8:30.
Tournament play continues on Saturday with three games at the UMBC Softball Stadium.
Saturday March 2, 2013
10:30 a.m. @UMBC Morgan State vs. Saint Francis
12:45 p.m. @UMBC UMBC vs. Morgan State
3:00 p.m. @UMBC UMBC vs. Saint Francis
12:00 p.m. @Coppin Coppin State vs. Saint Peter's
2:15 p.m. @Coppin Coppin State vs. Saint Peter's