ALBANY, N.Y. – UMBC softball’s sophomore catcher Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va./Cosby) launched her team-leading seventh home run of the season in Sunday afternoon’s America East contest at Albany Field, but the Great Danes went on to complete the series sweep with a 6-1 victory.
Albany moves to 28-10 on the season and 11-1 in the America East, while UMBC drops to 8-36 and 1-14 in league play.
Hall’s home run in the top of the first inning gave the Retrievers their first run of the series and put UMBC out in front, 1-0.
The Great Danes evened the score in the bottom half of the inning, Vicky McFarland led off with a double to left field and moved over to third on a ground out to third base. An RBI-single to left field from Maggie Cocks knotted the contest at one apiece.
The Retrievers started the bottom of the fourth inning on the wrong foot, allowing leadoff batter Kylie Apostolina to reach on a fielding error, followed by a one-out walk, putting runners on first and second for the Great Danes. Three-straight singles from Albany tacked on three more runs for the home team, extending the lead to 4-1.
UMBC tried for a two-out rally in the top of the sixth inning, as Hall picked up her second hit of the day on a single to center field and junior first baseman Chelsea Bertoglio (Laguna Hills, Calif./Laguna Hills/Saddleback College) followed with a walk, but junior second baseman Caitlin Chance (Easton, Md./Easton) was unable to capitalize, flying out to center field to end the inning.
An UMBC error started Albany’s scoring again in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, Kelly Costello reached on a fielding error. The Great Danes followed with three singles and two stolen bases to add two more runs to its total and take a 6-1 advantage.
UAlbany starter Brittany MacFawn tossed the complete game victory, allowing one earned run on two hits and striking out eight. UMBC starter Heather Brown (Pasadena, Md./Northeast) threw all six innings surrendering four earned runs on 11 hits.
The Retrievers step out of league action on Tuesday, April 23 when it travels to La Salle for a doubleheader. Game one is set to start at 3 p.m.