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UMBC SWEEPS VERMONT IN AMERICA EAST DOUBLEHEADER
In game one, Nicholson came on in the seventh inning as UMBC had a 5-4 lead, but the Catamounts had the bases loaded with just one out. She struck out consecutive batters to get her second save of the season.
The Retrievers struck early in the game, taking a quick 3-0 lead in the first, after a two-run double by Ashlea Underwood (Visalia, Calif./Reedley JC) and an RBI single by senior Amanda Bile (Ellicott City, Md./River Hill). They added a run in the fourth, but the Catamounts would counter in the following frame with a run-scoring single from Ashley Stebbins. UMBC took a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth when a wild pitch by Vermont starter Aimee Kern allowed Jessica Keenan (Binghamton, N.Y./Binghamton) to score.
In the sixth,
In game two, Nicholson took a perfect game into the sixth inning, until Stebbins doubled down the left field line. The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the seventh, when Heather Bennett (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) had a pinch-hit double to lead off, and scored on a two-run homerun by freshman Stevie Shore (New Carlisle, Ohio/Northwestern), to give UMBC the 2-0 victory.
For the game, Nicholson threw a complete game, giving up just two hits, while walking none and striking out six. After today’s games, she moved into a tie for the lead in UMBC’s history for wins (38), games started (70), and saves (5). She also moved into second all-time in innings pitched with 442.2.
Meanwhile, Kristie Pickeral (