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SOFTBALL’S WINNING STREAK SNAPPED AT EIGHT WITH 5-4 LOSS TO DELAWARE
Melanie Denischuk hit a home run and drove in two against Delaware.
The Retrievers jumped on Blue Hen starter Carolynn Sloat early, scoring three runs in the top of the first. Right fielder
Delaware manufactured a run in the bottom half of the inning as second baseman Allison Borchers led off with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by right fielder Katie DeSalvo, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly by shortstop Kim Ovittore.
The Blue Hens chipped away at the Retrievers’ two-run lead in the bottom of the third as Borchers doubled and DeSalvo singled. After getting two outs, UMBC starter Amy Sadowl walked the next two batters to force in a run, but escaped further damage.
But the Retrievers got that run back in the top of the fifth when first baseman Melanie Denischuk hit a her fourth home run of the season, a mammoth solo shot to right field with one out.
Sloat limited the Retrievers to just two base runners over the final two innings on a leadoff walk to left fielder Courtney O’Hara in the sixth and a one-out single by Denischuk in the seventh. Sloat pitched the complete game to pick up the win, allowing four runs, all earned, on nine hits and three walks while striking out four.
Sadowl (2-2) suffered the loss for UMBC, pitching five innings and allowing all five
Denischuk and Ward each went 2-for-4 and scored a run in the game, while
The Retrievers were leading, 5-2, with one out in the top of the fifth in the second game before it was stopped by the umpires for darkness. UMBC starter Lauren Nicholson had allowed two runs on two hits in four innings of work. Denischuk hit two monster home runs – a three-run shot in the first and a two-run blast in the fifth – to drive in all five UMBC runs, but as the game did not reach the required five full innings to become official, none of the stats count.
The Retrievers return home this weekend to host the Second Annual UMBC Dawg Pound Tournament, all day March 10-12, at UMBC Softball Stadium. Howard, UMES,