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UMBC SOFTBALL SPLITS TWO ON FINAL DAY OF BASH AT THE BEACH
Reilly Ward hit .500 (8-for-16) with five doubles, five RBI and seven runs in five games.
Georgetown, Del.-The UMBC softball team defeated Drexel, 6-4, in the final game of pool play on the last day of the Delaware State Bash at the Beach and earned one of four top seeds in the medal round but fell to St. Peterís, 14-11. The Retrievers are now 20-6 on the season after a 4-1 weekend.
UMBC took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning against Drexel, as senior Jessica Griffith (
The Dragons took a 4-1 lead with two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings, but the Retrievers exploded for five runs in the top of the sixth, highlighted by four walks and a grand slam by sophomore Stevie Shore (New Carlisle, Ohio/Northwestern) for the eventual 6-4 victory.
Junior Jessica Taylor (
Retriever batters only managed four hits off Drexel pitching but were very patient at the plate, working 12 walks.
At 4-0 on the weekend in Pool B, UMBC was one of three undefeated teams at the end of pool play, joining
In a slugfest, the teams combined for 37 hits in a marathon game that lasted just under three hours.
The Peahens took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first off freshman Krista Kearns (
But the Retrievers answered back with six of their own in the bottom of the second, as
Junior Reilly Ward (
St. Peterís scored four more in the top of the third off reliever Brittany Boyd (Baltimore, Md./North County/East Carolina) to take an 8-6 lead, but UMBC got one back in the bottom of the inning on singles by Underwood and Ward to pull back to within one at 8-7.
St. Peterís plated another in the top of the fourth to go back ahead by two at 9-7 before the Retrievers notched three in the bottom of the fifth to go back ahead at 10-9.
In the top of the sixth, senior Amy Sadowl (
UMBC made it exciting in the bottom of the seventh as Underwood singled for her third hit of the game and scored on an RBI by Shirk. With two outs, Ward doubled off the fence and Denischuk walked, but Shore grounded out hard to third base to end the game, 14-11.
At the plate, Shirk was 2-for-4 with three RBI, while Ward was 3-for-5 with two RBI and Denischuk was 1-for-3 with two RBI. In addition, Underwood and Griffith were 3-for-4 and
On the weekend, Denischuk went 8-for-15 with four runs scored, two doubles, a home run and nine RBI, while Ward was 8-for-16 with seven runs scored, five doubles and five RBI. Shirk hit 8-for-19 with seven runs scored, four RBI, a triple and three stolen bases, Shore went 6-for-18 with two runs scored, a grand slam and eight RBI, and
The Retrievers return home to host