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NICHOLSON STRIKES OUT 11 IN UMBC SOFTBALL’S 1-0 WIN, RETRIEVERS SPLIT DOUBLEHEADER WITH GEORGE MASON
Lauren Nicholson shut out George Mason with a career-high 11 strikeouts on Wednesday afternoon.
Game 1: George Mason 5, UMBC 1
Game 2: UMBC 1, George Mason 0
UMBC’s career leader in RBI Kristie Pickeral drove in the winning run of the game in the fifth inning as she dropped a single into centerfield, bringing teammate Dana Shepherd home from second base to score the lone run of the game. The RBI marked Pickeral’s 27th of the season and 172nd for her career.
Nicholson went the distance, going 7.0 innings allowing four hits, no walks and striking out 11 as she earned the win, her eighth on the season to move to 8-10 on the year. Nicholson also moved one win away from tying Crystal Ray for first place on UMBC’s all-time wins chart. Nicholson has 37 career wins.
Amber Straube took the loss throwing a strong 6.0 innings allowing one run on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
In game one the Patriots took a 1-0 lead in the third as Reanna Gallegos scored on a bunt single by Jenna Cooksey.
The Retriever tied the game in the fourth as Reilly Ward homered over the left field fence, her team-high eighth homerun of the year.
The Patriots responded in the next half inning as a two run homerun by Emily Miller gave GMU a 3-1 lead. The Patriots added two more in the sixth off of RBI singles by Gallegos and Cooksey.
Arielle Weinkofsky captured the win going 7.0 innings and allowing one run on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts.
Jessica Taylor started for UMBC allowing three runs on four hits in 4.1 innings of work.
UMBC softball returns to action at home against