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UMBC SPLITS SOFTBALL DOUBLEHEADER WITH CANISIUS
In game one, Canisius took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning after Jamie Gerace advanced to third on a double by teammate Jessica Martin, and came home on a fielding error by Retriever left fielder Reilly Ward. However, UMBC would come right back in the next frame, scoring four runs on three hits. In that inning, freshman Dana Shepherd led off with a homerun, and senior Amanda Bile added another run with a sacrifice fly to score classmate Kristie Pickeral. Two more Retrievers would score on a passed ball and throwing error by Martin to give UMBC a 4-1 advantage.
In the top of the sixth, Canisius got a homerun from Beth Enk to pull within two. However, Pickeral would blast a two-run shot in the bottom frame to secure the 6-2 victory for UMBC. Retriever starter Lauren Nicholson (6-9) received the win as she pitched a complete game, giving up two runs on four hits, walking one and striking out five. Andrea Bunten (2-3) took the loss for the Griffs, as she threw for 4 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on five hits, while walking seven and fanning six.
In the nightcap, UMBC took an early 1-0 lead after junior Ashlea Underwood hit a two-out single to score Pickeral in the first inning. In the third, Canisius plated two on RBIís by Martin and Amanda Luukinen to claim the 2-1 advantage. The Griffs extended the lead in the fifth after Gerace scored on an error by Retriever shortstop Dana Shepherd, and made it 4-1 in the sixth after a solo homerun by Enk.
The Retrievers threatened in the bottom frame, as they pulled to within one at 4-3 after a two-out single by Pickeral scored two runners. However, Canisius pitcher Lindsay Garbacz retired Ward, and came back to hit a solo homerun of her own in the top of the seventh to give the Griffs the 5-3 advantage. Garbacz (1-0) received the win, as she allowed three runs in six innings, while giving up seven hits, walking seven, and striking out three. UMBC junior Amy Sadowl (5-3), who came in with one out in the third inning, was tabbed with the loss, as she gave up three runs on four hits, walking one, while fanning three.
For the day, the Retrievers were led by Pickeral, who went 5-for-8, with three runs scored, and four RBIís, including a 4-for-4 performance in the second game.
UMBC returns to action tomorrow, March 31, when they host