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SOFTBALL’S RALLY NOT ENOUGH AS MAINE TAKES RUBBER GAME, 7-6 IN NINE INNINGS
The Black Bears took an early 1-0 lead when Brady hit a solo homerun in the first inning. However, UMBC would counter in the bottom frame, as sophomore Reilly Ward hit the first of her two homeruns on the day, to give the Retrievers a 1-0 advantage.
UMBC pulled to within three in the sixth after Ward’s second homerun of the day, and rallied in the seventh as they scored three runs on three hits to tie the game at 6-6. Freshman Dana Shepherd, Pickeral, and junior Ashlea Underwood each batted in a run in that inning.
The game remained knotted at six until the ninth, when Brady led off with a single, and went on to score the winning run.
For the game, UMBC was led by Ward, who went 2-for-2 with two homeruns and three bases on balls, two of which were intentional. Junior Amy Sadowl, who pitched the first six innings, did not get a decision, as she allowed six runs, only three if which were earned, on eleven hits. Sophomore Jessica Taylor was tabbed with the loss, as she threw the final three innings, giving up one run on two hits. Bennis received the win for