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UMBC SOFTBALL’S KATIE PASSERO SHINES IN FIRST CAREER START WITH 6-0 SHUTOUT WIN OVER MORGAN STATE
Reilly Ward went 2-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI in UMBC's win.
Despite the Bears out hitting UMBC 8-5, Passero kept focused, going 7.0 innings for the complete game, allowing no runs or walks, striking out four batters and forcing nine infield ground outs for her first collegiate win.
Ward put UMBC on the board in the second inning walking to lead off and advancing to second on a single by Ashley Underwood. Ward moved to third on a fielder’s choice play as
Ward sparked the UMBC offense in her next at bat, leading off the fourth inning with a double to right field. Ward advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on an RBI ground out by Shore. UMBC added another run in the inning with
In the fifth UMBC put runners on the corners as Ward slapped a single that got past the Bears’ leftfielder and went all the way to the wall. Kali Shirk easily scored from third base and Kristie Pickeral, who the previous day became UMBC’s all-time leader in RBI’s and is one homerun from 40 for her career, scored from first base, giving UMBC the 6-0 advantage.