ALBANY, N.Y. – UMBC softball’s freshman right fielder Danielle O'Neill (Loathian, Md./Southern) notched her 13th multi-hit game of the season, finishing the day 3-for-5 from the dish, but the Retrievers dropped both games in their Saturday afternoon America East doubleheader against Albany, falling 8-0 in five innings in both contests.
The Great Danes extend their win streak to seven and improve to 27-10 (10-1 AEC) on the season, while UMBC falls to 8-35 overall and 1-13 in conference play.
The Retrievers’ bats opened the contest with a single from O’Neill and after a fielder’s choice, a second single from sophomore designated player Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va./Cosby) put runners on first and second with one out for UMBC. UAlbany starting pitcher Brittany MacFawn was able to get out of the inning, getting junior first baseman Chelsea Bertoglio (Laguna Hills, Calif./Laguna Hills/Saddleback College) to ground into a double play to end the frame.
Albany got on the board in the first inning, taking advantage of a UMBC miscue to put leadoff batter Vicky McFarland on third base. A ground out to second from Maggie Cocks scored McFarland to give the Great Danes a 1-0 lead.
UAlbany again was able to cash in on a UMBC error as a fielding error put junior third baseman Lauren Alcorn on first base and senior catcher Lindsey Stout followed with a home run to right field to make it a three-run ballgame. A pair of singles, an error and a sacrifice fly from McFarland gave Albany a 4-0 advantage.
Cocks opened up the third with a double to left field and Charlise Castro homered to left field, extending the lead to 6-0. Albany continued the inning with a hit batter, a single to shortstop and a walk to load the bases. Sophomore short stop Alexa Toole’s fielder’s choice accounted for the first out of the inning, but a single to center fielder from freshman outfielder Annie Johnson scored two more runs for the home team and cued the exit of UMBC starting pitcher Rachel Ionata (Tampa, Fla./Palm Harbor University). Sophomore pitcher Miranda Clark (Tampa, Fla./H.B. Plant) got the Retrievers out of the inning, getting McFarland to pop out to short and senior outfielder Taylor Franich to line out to center field.
MacFawn (17-6) threw three scoreless innings of work and struck out five, while Ionata surrendered six unearned runs on seven hits.
Albany opened game two with two runs on three hits in the bottom of the first inning.
UMBC loaded the bases in the top of the second frame, starting with a single to center field from Bertoglio, followed by a walk from freshman shortstop Bridget O'Malley (Brooklyn, Md./Seton Keough). Freshman first baseman Jordan Sganga (Edgewater, Md./South River) reached on a fielder’s choice to load the bases, but the back-to-back Retrievers were retired to end the inning.
A one-out single to center field from Johnson, followed by a stolen base, setup an RBI situation for Cocks, who took advantage with a single to center to give Albany a three-run lead, 3-0. Castro reached base on an UMBC error, while Cocks advanced to third. Senior Kylie Apostolina tripled to left field to score two runs and scored on the next at bat, a ground out to second from Costello.
The Great Danes added two more runs on two hits in the bottom of the fifth inning to end the contest in five.
MacFawn earned her second victory of the day, throwing five shutout innings. UMBC senior pitcher Heather Brown (Pasadena, Md./Northeast) was credited with the loss, allowing seven earned runs on nine hits.
The series finale is set for noon on Sunday, April 21 at Albany Field.