BALTIMORE – Senior pitcher Heather Brown (Pasadena, Md./Northeast) threw her second-straight shutout for UMBC softball en route to an 11-0 five inning victory against Saint Peter's on Sunday afternoon at the UMBC Softball Stadium. The Retrievers were on the other end of an 11-0 six inning loss in the final game of the UMBC Retriever Classic against Coppin State, with the black and gold being held to three hits in the contest, as the Retrievers finished 3-3 on the weekend.
"For just her third week back from a 10 month rehab, including time off for her offseason surgery, so it was outstanding to see Heather have such a magnificent weekend," head coach Joe French said. "She was spectacular, throwing two gems for us and earning her first two career shutouts."
Brown (2-1), who tossed her first-career shutout in a 7-0 victory against Morgan State on Saturday, held the Peacocks to just one hit in the contest and walked one batter.
The Retrievers provided run support right off the bat for Brown, as the Peacocks' starting pitcher Erica Colon struggled to find the strike zone. Freshman Danielle O'Neill (Loathian, Md./Southern) led off with a single through the left side and Colon followed by walking three of the next four batters to walk in a run and leave the bases loaded. Junior Caitlin Chance (Easton, Md./Easton) took advantage of the opportunity, drilling a single into left center field to score a pair of runs and give UMBC a 3-0 lead. After a pitching change for Saint Peter's – Lee Harrison entering into the game for Colon – sophomore Courtney Reinfeld (Parkland, Fla./Stoneman Douglas) drove in one more run in the inning for the Retrievers on a single up the middle.
Sophomore Kayla Margentino (Unionville, Conn./Farmington) made it a 4-run contest with an RBI double in the bottom of the second, scoring senior Ashley Scroggin (Stafford, Va./North Stafford), who reached on a fielder's choice and moved into scoring position on her first stolen base of the season.
UMBC had seven of its 12 hits – all seven being singles – in the game during a six-run third inning that led the Retrievers to an 11-0 victory. Margentino picked up her second hit of the contest during the inning, while Chance drove in two runs – her fourth runs batted in of the game.
Saint Peter's pitchers Colon and Harrison each saw two innings of action – with Colon reentering during the Retrievers' six-run third. Colon was credited with the loss (0-3).
In game two, UMBC ran into early trouble, as sophomore Miranda Clark (Tampa, Fla./H.B. Plant) got into a jam in the bottom of the first. Clark walked four batters and added two wild pitches, that combined with a passed ball and a Retriever defensive error were all factors in a one-hit, six-run top of the first.
Freshman Rachel Ionata (Tampa, Fla./Palm Harbor University) came in relief for Clark, and cruised through to the sixth inning, surrendering one run on four hits, before getting into a jam in the top of the sixth. Victoria Lopez led off with a single down the left field line, Candice Van Horn walked and Danielle Smith laid down a bunt for a single to load the bases. A Heather Josker lineout to Reinfeld and a swiping tag appeared to have alleviated the threat, but Lopez got back to the bag to leave the bases loaded with one out. Ionata picked up her fifth strikeout of the contest for the second out of the inning, but a couple of Retriever miscues allowed the inning to continue and Gabriel Ziller made the Retrievers pay with her fourth home run of the season.
Alyssa Barker earned her first win of the season (1-0), throwing six shutout innings and striking out three.
Renfield and Chance both went 3-for-6 on the day, while Hall and Scroggin both batted over .500 on the weekend.
"Except for the last game, I thought we swung the bats very well in the weekend's cold weather," French said. "Taylor and Ashley had exceptional weekends for us offensively."
The Retrievers host their second tournament of the year in the UMBC Dawg Pound Invitational starting on Friday, March 8 and going through Sunday, March 10.