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SOFTBALL WINS TWO ON WILD DAY AT BASH AT THE BEACH
Melanie Denischuk went 6-for-8 with five RBI in two games on the first day of the Bash at the Beach.
UMBC struck first against
Retriever starter Brittany Boyd (
The Retrievers tied the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth on a double by Ward and RBI singles by junior Melanie Denischuk (
Kearns ran into trouble in the top of the sixth, as she walked the first two batters and allowed three one-out singles for three runs before junior Jessica Taylor (Baltimore, Md./Mount de Sales) relieved her and allowed two inherited runners to score. The Purple Eagles plated five in the inning for the 9-4 lead, and the Retrievers went down in order in the bottom of the frame.
With the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the seventh, the
Down by five with three outs to go, Ward walked and Denischuk doubled to lead off the inning and put runners and second and third.
Down by two at 9-7 with runners on second and third and two outs, junior Krissy Licursi (
In a very sloppy game in the field in which the Retrievers made three errors, only four of
At the plate, Ward was 2-for-2 with two walks, two runs scored and two RBI, while Denischuk was 2-for-3 with a double and Shore was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
The second game of the day was a rematch of the UMBC Dawg Pound Tournament championship game, when the Retrievers defeated St. Francis (
UMBC again struck first, as Shirk reached on an error, Denischuk singled and Shore hit a sacrifice fly to plate Shirk for the early 1-0 advantage. But Retriever starter Amy Sadowl (
The Retrievers went down in order in the top of the third, but Boyd, who relieved Sadowl to start the inning, threw a scoreless frame as well.
The UMBC offense exploded for eight runs in the top of the fourth, as the Retrievers batted around. Denischuk and Shore led off with singles. With one out, Denischuk was out at the plate on a fielder’s choice by senior Jessica Griffith (
Underwood hit an infield single to load the bases with two outs, and Licursi again came through in the clutch, hitting a two-run single and sophomore Carla O’Rourke (Endicott, N.Y./Union Endicott) doubled for an RBI to bring the Retrievers to within two at 6-4. Shirk then walked to load the bases, and Ward cleared them with a three-run double for the 7-6 advantage before Denischuk hit a two-run home run, her seventh of the year, to put UMBC up, 9-6.
The Red Flash managed a single run off Boyd in the bottom of the fourth, and the Retrievers loaded the bases in the top of the fifth but couldn’t score. St. Francis tied the game in the bottom of the inning.
In the top of the sixth, Denischuk doubled with one out and Shepherd hit a two-out double off the fence to put UMBC up 10-9. The Red Flash went down in order in the bottom of the sixth, and the Retrievers added two insurance runs in the top of the seventh, as Shirk and Ward singled with two outs and scored when Denischuk’s hit to the gap went off the center fielder’s glove.
The Red Flash threatened in the bottom of the seventh with two one-out singles, but Boyd induced two pop-ups to end the game and preserve UMBC’s 12-9 victory.
Boyd got the win to improve to 4-0 on the season, as she allowed three runs on six hits, six walks and one strikeout in five innings of work. Sadowl pitched the first two innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and three walks.
At the plate, Denischuk was 4-for-5 with a double, a home run and five RBI. Ward went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBI, while Shirk was 2-for-4 with a walk and three runs scored and Shepherd was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
“We showed a lot of heart in coming back in both games today,” head coach Joe French said. “We did a nice job working the pitch count, getting clutch hits and battling back.”
Denischuk was 6-for-8 with five RBI in the two games on the day, while Ward was 4-for-7 with four runs scored, five RBI and three doubles. Shirk was 3-for-8 and Shore was 4-for-8.
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