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KRISTIE PICKERAL BECOMES UMBC SOFTBALL’S ALL-TIME HIT LEADER DESPITE RETRIEVERS DROPPING TWO AT STONY BROOK
Kristie Pickeral became UMBC's all-time hits leader on Sunday.
UMBC senior third baseman Kristie Pickeral recorded two hits in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader at Stony Brook’s University Field to become UMBC’s all-time career hits leader. Pickeral, who owns UMBC’s homeruns and RBI’s mark as well, surpassed Deaana Vecchio who owned the record with 258 career hits. UMBC (22-24-1, 5-7 AE) dropped both ends of the doubleheader to Stony Brook (17-27, 7-5 AE) by finals of 7-0 and 6-5.
In game two UMBC held a 5-0 lead but five runs in the sixth and one in the bottom of the seventh handed the Seawolves the doubleheader sweep. UMBC picked up a pair of runs in the top of the first inning as Amanda McGhee hit a solo home run over the left field wall and Kristie Pikeral singled and later scored on an error. The Retrievers stretched their advantage to 5-0 in the top of the fifth on an RBI groundout by Reilly Ward and a two-run single by Dana Shepherd.
The Seawolves, however, rallied with three-consecutive singles to open the sixth inning. Two RBI singles and a base clearing double by Margaret Blair tied the game at 5-5. The Seawolves loaded the bases in the seventh and a walk to Hayley Durham handed Stony Brook the win.
Christina Voth (3-1) picked up the win in relief, not allowing a run or a hit while striking out two and walking one in 2.1 innings. Angela Andrews started for the Seawolves, allowing five runs, four earned, on eight hits and a walk while striking out two in 4.2 innings of work. Amy Sadowl (8-5) took the loss, surrendering five runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four in 5.2 innings.
In the opener, the Seawolves jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on a two-run home run by Hayley Durham. The Seawolves doubled their lead in the second as Voth drew a lead-off walk and came around to score when Rachael Vogl reached on an error. Two batters later, Jane Stein singled home Vogl to make it 4-0 Stony Brook.
The Retrievers threatened in the top of the fourth, loading the bases with three straight base hits to open the inning. Sarah Hoffman pitched her way out of the jam, getting Amanda Bile and Jessica Griffith to pop up before Heather Bennett flied out to left field to end the inning.
Hoffman (9-9) picked up her third shutout of the season, scattering seven hits while striking out three while walking none over seven innings of work. Lauren Nicholson (9-14) took the loss, allowing five runs, three earned, on six hits and two walks while striking out two over 3.1 innings. Katie Passero came on in the fourth, allowing two runs, one earned, on two hits over 2.2 innings of work.
The series resumes on Monday at 12:00 p.m.