VESTAL, N.Y. – UMBC softball's Danielle O'Neill (Lothian, Md./Southern) launched a pair of home runs, while junior Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va./Cosby) homered for her 150th career hit in Sunday afternoon's doubleheader against Binghamton, but the Retrievers stranded 13 runners on base, making room for the Bearcats to complete the series sweep in America East action at the Bearcats Softball Complex.
Binghamton (12-10, 3-0 AEC) used four home runs in game one to defeat the Retrievers, 9-6. UMBC (22-14, 0-5 AEC) was unable to complete the comeback in game two, falling, 3-1.
Binghamton strung together three straight hits in the bottom of the second inning to take the 1-0 advantage. Freshman Bridget Hunt started the action with a double down the right field line and senior Mikala King followed with a double of her own to put runners on second and third. Junior Caytlin Friis drove in Hunt on an infield single.
Hunt extended the lead for the Bearcats in the fourth with a solo home run to center field. The Retrievers got one back in the top of the fifth inning, as pinch hitter Megan Sauble (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie/CCBC-Catonsville) reached on a fielder's choice and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Junior second baseman Katlin Olesky (Irvine, Calif./Northwood/Saddleback College) drove Sauble in on a double to right field to bring the Retrievers within one, 2-1.
A pair of long balls in the bottom of the fifth inning helped Binghamton to a four-run frame, extending its lead to 6-1. UMBC starting pitcher Kelly Lane (Albany, N.Y./Colonie Central) ended her day after allowing four straight hits in the inning. She was credited with the loss (5-6) after surrendering six earned runs on nine hits in four innings.
The Retrievers' offense responded in the sixth, leading off with a single to right field from Hall, followed by a home run from O'Neill. Three straight batters reached safely for UMBC, loading the bases for sophomore third baseman Jordan Sganga (Edgewater, Md./South River). Sganga singled to drive in the Retrievers' third run of the frame, trimming the deficit to two, 6-4, however, sophomore Taylor Chaffee sent a three-run blast over the left field fence, her second homer of the day, build the lead back to five, 9-5.
UMBC posted back-to-back homers to lead off the top of the seventh inning, the first coming from Hall, marking her 150th career hit, and the second coming from O'Neill, her second of the day, but the Retrievers were unable to continue to close the gap. O'Neill finished the contest 2-for-4 from the dish with three runs batted in, while Hall went 3-for-4.
Freshman Annika Wiesinger (2-5) allowed four runs on five hits in five innings for the victory. Demi Laney came in for her first save of the season, allowing two runs on five hits in two innings. UMBC reliever Nicole Casagrand (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) allowed three runs on three hits in two innings of work.
Senior Jessica Bump led off game two with a solo home run, her second of the day, to give the Bearcats an early advantage. Three more singles in the inning extended the lead to 2-0 after one.
Chafee doubled with two outs in the bottom of the third and advanced to third on a wild pitch from starting pitcher Jessica Holte (Ashland, Va./Atlee). A single from freshman Crysti Eichner scored Chafee and gave the Bearcats a 3-0 lead.
UMBC freshman Kaelin Jackson (Export, Pa./Franklin Regional) held to get one back for the Retrievers in the top of the fourth. Jackson launched a one-out double to left field and Lane followed with a single to center, to put runners on first and third. Senior Caitlin Chance (Easton, Md./Easton) reached safely on a Binghamton error to score Jackson from third and bring the Retrievers within two, 3-1.
Laney threw the complete game, allowing one unearned run on six hits. Holte falls to 13-6, surrendering three earned runs on eight hits.
The Retrievers return to action on Wednesday, April 9 when they host Georgetown for a single game. First pitch is set for 2:30 p.m. at the UMBC Softball Stadium.