BALTIMORE – The UMBC softball team dropped its first game and the conclusion of Friday's postponed contest, but exploded for a season-high 14 runs and 15 hits in the final game of day two of the 11th Annual UMBC Spring Classic to defeat Sacred Heart, 14-10. The Retrievers fell in their opening game of the day, 4-2, to Saint Peter's and fell short in their comeback in the final three innings versus the Pioneers, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon at the UMBS Softball Stadium.
Senior Megan Sauble (Glen Burnie, Md./CCBC-Catonsville) went two-for-three with runners in scoring position and finished the day three-for-six from the dish, while junior Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va./Cosby) sent two of her four hits over the fence to finish with five RBI. Freshman Kaelin Jackson (Export, Pa./Franklin Regional) also finished with five RBI, all coming in the day's final game.
Sacred Heart (7-8) was able to get out in front, 2-0, in the opening frame of the final game of the day. The Pioneers opened the contest by drawing a walk and UMBC fielding error put runners on second and third. A single from junior Justine Sibthorp scored both runners to give SHU the early lead.
The Retrievers (18-8) eliminated the deficit with a pair of unearned runs in the second and took the lead in the third after the top of the order loaded the bases with no outs. Jackson and Sauble combined for five RBI in the opening three innings to help UMBC to a 6-2 advantage.
A hit batter and a pair of errors allowed Sacred Heart to get two runs back in the top of the fourth, but the Retrievers responded with four more runs in the bottom half of the frame, starting with a solo home run from Hall. Senior Caitlin Chance (Easton, Md./Easton), Jackson and starting pitcher Kelly Lane (Albany, N.Y./Colonie Central) each registered RBI hits in the frame, as UMBC opened up an 11-4 lead.
Sacred Heart was not done yet, as the Pioneers blasted a pair of home runs in the fifth, including a grand slam from Andrea Sidor to bring SHU back within one, 11-10. Hall helped the Retrievers to add insurance with a two-run bomb in the fifth and an RBI-single to left in the sixth.
The two teams combined to use six pitchers in the contest, with Lane holding for the victory (4-4) and freshman Jessica Holte (Ashland, Va./Atlee) coming in for the save for the Retrievers. Jamie Carlson was credited with the loss for the Pioneers.
Saint Peter's (4-14) jumped out in front in the top of the second inning of the Retrievers' first game with a two-run home run from junior Taylor Corretjer and extended its lead to 4-0 following back-to-back double from junior Nicole Olmedo and sophomore Lee Harrison.
A leadoff walk from sophomore Danielle O'Neill (Lothian, Md./Southern) and a double from sophomore Bridget O'Malley (Brooklyn, Md./Seton Keough) put runners on second and third with no outs in the bottom of the fourth. Hall used a sacrifice fly to right to drive in O'Neill and put the Retrievers on the board. Senior Chelsea Bertoglio (Laguna Hills, Calif./Laguna Hills/Saddleback College) continued the inning with a walk and freshman Jaclyn Buckley (Voorhess, N.J./Eastern Camden Regional) followed with an RBI-single up the middle to bring UMBC within two, 4-2.
Jackson nearly cut UMBC's 4-2 deficit in half with a solo shot to center field, but the ball fell just shy of the fence, leading to out number one and the eventual 4-2 victory for the Peacocks.
Saint Peter's outhit the Retrievers, 7-3, but UMBC drew five walks in the game. Peacocks pitcher Crystal Carlucci earned the complete game victory, while UMBC's Nicole Casagrand (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) allowed four earned runs in the loss.
The Retrievers were able to trim their deficit to one, 2-1, in the bottom of the sixth inning in the conclusion of Friday's halted game against Sacred Heart, which resumed with the Pioneers leading, 2-0, in the bottom of the fourth. O'Malley led off with a walk and advanced on a fly out to left field. The sophomore short stop scored on a single through the right side of the infield from Buckley.
In the bottom of the seventh, UMBC put runners on second and third with no outs on a leadoff single through the left side from Chance and a double to right center from Sauble, but reliever Carlson was able to strikeout three-straight Retrievers to pick up the save in the 2-1 victory.
Holte suffered just her second loss of the season to fall to 11-2 on the season after surrendering two runs on five hits, while SHU starter Adrianna Mallory allowed one earned run on five hits in six innings.
UMBC Spring Classic Revised Schedule
Saturday, March 22
Sacred Heart 3, Bowling Green 1
Bowling Green 9, Saint Peter's 1 (6)
Saint Peter's 4, UMBC 2
Sacred Heart 2, UMBC 1 (Halted game from Friday)
UMBC 14, Sacred Heart 10
Sunday, March 23
10 a.m. Sacred Heart vs. Saint Peter's
12 p.m. UMBC vs. Saint Peter's
2 p.m. UMBC vs. Mount St. Mary's