BOSTON, Mass. – UMBC junior first baseman Chelsea Bertoglio (Laguna Hills, Calif./Laguna Hills/Saddleback College) launched her second home run of the season, but it was not enough to mount the comeback as Boston University completed the series sweep with a 3-1 victory on Sunday at the BU Softball Field.
The Retrievers were unable to take advantage of early opportunities, stranding the bases loaded in the top of the first and again in the top of the third inning. In the first, a pair of walks from Bertoglio and sophomore catcher Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va./Cosby), followed by a two-out single to left field from freshman center fielder Bridget O'Malley (Brooklyn, Md./Seton Kenough) loaded the bases, but BU starter Lauren Hynes was able to get out of the jam getting junior second baseman Caitlin Chance (Easton, Md./Easton) to pop out to first.
Again in the third, Bertoglio walked, Hall singled through the left side of the infield and O’Malley drew a two-out walk, but the inning ended the same way, with a pop out to the first baseman.
A leadoff walk from Chelsea Kehr and a stolen base from pinch runner Kendra Meadows gave the Terriers a runner in scoring position in the bottom of the third. A ground out to third base, followed by a single to left center field from Jayme Mask scored Meadows and gave Boston the 1-0 lead.
UMBC stranded two more runners in the top of the sixth, as sophomore third baseman Courtney Reinfeld (Parkland, Fla./Stoneman Douglas) picked up an infield single and advanced to second on a single to left field from Chance. A fly out to center field from junior left fielder Kayla Martinez (Odenton, Md./Arundel) put runners on first and third with two outs, but Boston University went to its bullpen, bringing in senior Whitney Tuthill to get sophomore center fielder Mary Hartmann (Eldersburg, Md./Century) to ground out to second to end the inning.
Mask reached on an infield single in the bottom of the sixth, stole second and moved over to third on a ground out to second base. Junior Amy Ekart doubled into left center field, scoring Mask from third. A single up the middle from Emily Roesch drove in Ekart and gave the Terriers a 3-0 advantage.
The Retrievers (8-32, 1-11 AEC) got one back in the top of the seventh with a two-out home run into left center field from Bertoglio. Hall followed with a single through the left side of the infield, her second hit of the afternoon, but UMBC was unable to cash in the runs to tie up the contest.
Hynes earned the win, throwing 5.2 scoreless inning, while Tuthill came in for the save, surrendering the one run. UMBC starting pitcher Heather Brown (Pasadena, Md./Northeast) tossed six innings and allowed three earned runs on six hits.
The Retrievers continue their road stretch at Georgetown on Wednesday, April 17. First pitch is set for 2:30 p.m.