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PITCHING LEADS RETRIEVERS TO UMBC KICKOFF CLASSIC CHAMPIONSHIP
Krista Kearns pitched a no-hitter against Delaware State for her first collegiate victory.
Jessica Griffith hit a walk-off home run to defeat Delaware State.
Baltimore, Md.-Freshman Krista Kearns pitched her first career no-hitter in just her third collegiate start, and junior Brittany Boyd went the distance, giving up just one run on two hits, to lead the Retriever softball team to the UMBC Kickoff Classic championship. The Retrievers improve to 9-3 and have now won eight in a row after a 5-1 win over
Boyd was a little shaky in the first inning against
Down 1-0 after the top of the first, the Retrievers scored three in the bottom half of the inning and added two more in the fifth. Center fielder Kali Shirk led off the inning with a walk, then stole second and third and scored on a throwing error by the catcher. Designated player Stevie Shore reached on an error by the third baseman and came around to score on first baseman Melanie Denischuk’s two-run home run, her third of the season.
With one out in the fifth inning, Shore doubled and scored on Denischuk’s RBI single. Shortstop Dana Shepherd, who had reached on an error, scored three batters later on a fielder’s choice by catcher Jessica Griffith.
Denischuk was 2-for-3 with a run scored and three RBI on the game.
With the win, the Retrievers advanced to the UMBC Kickoff Classic championship game for a rematch against
After single runs in the first and second and nothing in the third, the Retrievers broke the game open in the fourth, sending 10 batters to the plate, scoring five runs on five hits. Left fielder Courtney O’Hara started the scoring with a one-out double to left field, Shirk hit an infield single and Shore reached on an error to drive in O’Hara. Shepherd then tripled to plate both Shirk and Shore. With two outs, third baseman Reilly Ward singled to drive in Shepherd and scored on a triple by right fielder Carla O’Rourke.
After going quietly in the bottom of the fifth, O’Rourke walked to lead off the sixth before second baseman Ashlea Underwood singled and Griffith hit a walk-off three-run home run to win the game, 10-0. The homer was
But the story of the game was
Denischuk and Griffith each had a home run and four RBI on the day, while Shore led the team with four runs scored and
As a team, the Retrievers hit .368 (50-for-136) and held opponents just 16 hits in 106 at-bats (.151). The pitchers posted a stellar 1.17 ERA, allowing just seven runs in five games with 32 strikeouts. The Retrievers also hit five home runs and scored 46 runs.
In the consolation game, Quinnipiac defeated
The Retrievers return to action Wednesday, March 8, when they travel to Delaware to take on the Blue Hens at 2 p.m.
Second Annual UMBC Kick-Off Classic
Friday, March 3, 2006 – Pool Play
Quinnipiac 16, Coppin State 0 (5 innings)
Delaware State 20, Coppin State 9 (5 innings)
Saturday, March 4, 2006 – Pool Play
UMBC 21, Coppin State 5 (5 innings)
UMBC 8, Quinnipiac 0 (5 innings)
UMBC 2, Delaware State 1
Sunday, March 5, 2006 – Bracket Play
No. 1 UMBC 5, No. 4 Coppin State 1
Championship Game: No. 1 UMBC 10, No. 2 Delaware State 0 (6 innings)
Consolation Game: No. 3 Quinnipiac 6, No. 4 Coppin State 4