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SOFTBALL SPLITS WITH TOWSON
Towson, Md. - Freshman righthander Jillian Kiley pitched a one-hitter in the second game as the Tigers (14-14) earned a split of their doubleheader with UMBC (11-17) by beating the Retrievers, 3-1, at the Tigersí Towson Center Field on Thursday afternoon. The Retrievers won the opener, 2-1.
Kiley, now 5-1 on the season, surrendered a leadoff single to UMBC catcher Jen San Fillippo in the third inning, UMBCís only hit of the nightcap. San Fillippo was picked off first base by senior catcher Emily Klein moments later.
While walking two and striking out six, Kiley did not allow an earned run. UMBC scored its only run of the game in the seventh inning on a walk to sophomore Tara Lindsey and three consecutive errors by the Tigers. With the bases loaded and one out, Lindsey scored the Retrieversí run when Klein dropped a throw from Kiley at home plate. However, Kiley came back to retire the next two hitters to preserve the win.
The Tigers scored all three of their runs in the fourth inning. Klein led off with a double to right center field. With one out, junior shortstop Katie Mumbauer doubled to center field to drive home Klein. Freshman second baseman Megan Zwoyer followed with a single to put runners on first and third with one out. Senior Sara Foster then struck out on a wild pitch and reached first base. Mumbauer scored from third base on the wild pitch and Zwoyer went to third when San Fillippo made a throwing error trying to retire Mumbauer at home plate. When Foster stole second base, San Fillippo made another throwing error, allowing Zwoyer to score the third run of the inning. Mumbauer led the Tigersí five-hit attack with two base hits.
In the opener, freshman righthander Kelly Claar outdueled Tiger junior Jessica Wides to give the Retrievers a 2-1 win. Claar pitched a four-hitter as she posted her fourth win of the season. She had two walks and four strikeouts.
Junior third baseman Kristie Pickeral gave Claar all of the offensive support she would need in the third inning. After Lindsey led off with a double, Wides retired the next two hitters. Then, Wides got ahead of Pickeral by throwing two strikes. Pickeral turned on her 0-2 pitch and lined a two-run homer down the left field line to give UMBC a 2-0 lead. It was Pickeralís fourth home run of the season.
Claar, who pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth inning, allowed just one hit over the final three innings. With one out in the sixth inning, junior first baseman Sam Schaukowitch hit her fourth home run of the season, a solo shot over the left centerfield fence to cut the Retrieversí lead to 2-1.
However, Claar came back to retire the last five hitters in a row to finish her fifth complete game of the season.