BALTIMORE – Sophomore Courtney Reinfeld (Parkland, Fla./Stoneman Douglas) batted .600 (3-for-5) on Sunday at the UMBC Softball Stadium, but the Retrievers dropped two contests in the final day of the UMBC Spring Classic. UMBC softball concluded Saturday’s game against Princeton – that was called due to darkness – and fell, 11-3, to the Tigers. The black and gold also dropped a 14-0 contest to Hampton.
Hampton got on the board in the first half of the first inning, taking advantage of an error on the Retrievers’ to get the lead-off batter Margaret Wilkins on. A wild pitch moved Wilkins into scoring position and a single from catcher Shine Huwe drove her in for the 1-0 advantage.
UMBC (6-18) threatened in the bottom half of the inning, as Pirates’ starting pitcher Jailynn Jackson walked the Retrievers’ first two batters. Freshman center fielder Bridget O'Malley (Brooklyn, Md./Seton Keough) stole third, putting runners on first and third for Reinfeld. However, a double steal attempt was unsuccessful and the Retrievers’ chance to tie the contest in the first was diminished.
The Retrievers put two on with one out in the bottom of the second, but Hampton starter Jailynn Jackson fanned the next two batters to end the inning.
Hampton extended its lead to 2-0 with a lead-off homer from Wilkins in the top of the third and first baseman Taylor McCoy added a blast of her own one batter later to make it a three-run game. The Pirates would add one more run in the inning as Huwe, who was hit by a pitch to reach base, scored on back-to-back Hampton singles.
The Pirates added another run in the top of the fourth on an inside the park home run in right center field, O’Malley looked to knock the ball down on the play, but was unable to get to the ball in time to save the run, giving Hampton the 5-0 lead.
Hampton (13-18) added further insurance in the top of the seventh inning, with nine runs, eight coming with two outs.
Jackson tossed the complete game shutout, allowing three hits and striking out eight. UMBC junior Caitlin Chance (Easton, Md./Easton) accounted for two of the Retrievers’ three hits in the contest.
Earlier in the day, play resumed in the Retrievers’ game against Princeton in the top of the fourth inning with the score tied at one.
UMBC scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fourth inning, as a single into right field from Reinfeld scored freshman Danielle O'Neill (Loathian, Md./Southern) from second – with O’Neill being safe on an obstruction call at the plate.
The Retrievers were not able to hang on to the lead for long though, with the Tigers scoring four runs on five hits in the top of the fifth. Princeton loaded the bases with no outs, following a double, single and walk. While UMBC was able to get one out at the plate, a two-run single through the left side of the infield from Tory Roberts scored two runs and another single from Cara Worden scored another pair.
The Tigers would add six more runs in the top of the seventh to seal the victory.
Brown allowed five earned runs before departing in the seventh inning, while Princeton’s starter Meredith Brown threw six innings, allowing two runs on six hits, with six strikeouts.
With two outs in the top of the first inning on Saturday, Princeton strung together three-straight hits to score right fielder Candy Button and take a quick 1-0 lead. Starting pitcher Heather Brown (Pasadena, Md./Northeast) walked the next batter to load the bases, but was able to get center fielder Lizzy Pierce to ground out to second to end the inning.
Brown allowed the first two batters of the top of the second to reach base, and allowed a two-out walk to load the bases again, but the senior escaped the jam with her first strikeout of the contest.
The Retrievers knotted up the contest at one apiece in the bottom half of the inning, as O’Neill sent a double into left center field and sophomore third baseman Reinfeld came through with a two-out single up the left field line to score O’Neill.
Play was suspended following the third inning, with the score still 1-1, due to darkness.
The Retrievers return to action on Wednesday, March 20 when they play host to George Mason. Game time is set for 2:30 p.m. at the UMBC Softball Stadium.