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SOFTBALL SHUTS DOWN OPPONENTS ON FIRST DAY OF UMBC SPRING CLASSIC FOR TWO VICTORIES
Dana Shepherd hit 5-for-7 with two doubles, a home run, four runs scored and six RBI in two games.
Baltimore, Md.-The UMBC softball team shut down its opponents on the first day of the Fourth Annual UMBC Spring Classic, defeating Sacred Heart, 8-0 in five innings, before gliding past St. Francis (N.Y.), 17-1 in five innings. The Retrievers improve to 23-6 on the season, their best start in program history, and have won three in a row and 22 of their last 25.
The Retrievers hit five home runs on the day, including two by first baseman Melanie Denischuk (Poway, Calif./Hugh Sutherland (Carstairs,
Center fielder Kali Shirk (
Freshman Krista Kearns (
The Retrievers scored twice in the second and three times in both the third and fourth innings for the 8-0 win. Shepherd and catcher Krissy Licursi (Sussex, N.J./Vernon Township/Sussex CC) each singled with one out in the second, and Kearns hit a two-out single to right field to drive them both in and put UMBC on top, 2-0.
Denischuk led off the third with a single up the middle, and pinch runner Michelle Olivieri (Brockport, N.Y./The Aquinas Institute) scored on a one-out RBI double by designated player Jessica Griffith (Linthicum, Md./Glen Burnie/Anne Arundel CC) for the 3-0 lead.
In the fourth, Shirk walked and third baseman Reilly Ward (Olney, Md./Sherwood) singled down the right field line, and they both scored on Denischuk’s first home run of the day and ninth of the season to put the Retrievers up, 8-0.
Denischuk was 2-for-3 with a run and three RBI in the game, while Shepherd was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI.
The Retrievers posted 18 hits and 17 runs against St. Francis (N.Y.), sending 12 batters to the plate in two different innings. Three consecutive batters reached to lead off the game, as Shirk walked and stole second base, Ward singled up the middle to plate Shirk and Denischuk singled to center to drive in Ward and give UMBC a 2-0 lead.
The Terriers scored their only run in the bottom of the first, as Amanda Devan singled with one out and scored on a double by Amanda Pileggi.
UMBC broke the game wide open in the third, exploding for seven runs on five hits, as the Retrievers sent 12 batters to the plate. The first five batters of the inning reached base, as Ward and Denischuk singled, Shore reached on a fielder’s choice to load the bases and
The Retrievers added eight more in the top of the fifth, as 12 batters recorded nine hits, including two home runs and six consecutive hits to lead off the inning. Pinch hitters Courtney O’Hara (
Junior Jessica Taylor (
Boyd picked up the win to improve to 5-0 on the season, as she allowed on run on two hits and one walk while striking out three in four innings.
Shepherd was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBI in the game, while Denischuk was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and four RBI. O’Hara was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and three RBI, and Olivieri was 1-for-4 with a run and three RBI. Ward went 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI, Licursi hit 2-for-2 with a run and an RBI and
In the two games, Shepherd hit .714 (5-for-7) with four runs, two doubles, a home run and six RBI, while Denischuk hit .625 (5-for-8) with three runs, two homers and seven RBI. Retriever pitchers held opponent batters to an .091 average, while UMBC hitters batted .474 on the day.
In other action on the first day of the UMBC Spring Classic, Niagara defeated St. Francis, 9-1;
The Fourth Annual UMBC Spring Classic continues Saturday with five games. Niagara takes on Brown at 8:15 a.m. Brown faces Sacred Heart in the next game, schedule to begin at 10:10 a.m. UMBC will take on
Fourth Annual UMBC Spring Classic
Friday, March 24, 2006 – Pool Play
9:30 a.m. Niagara 9, St. Francis (N.Y.) 1
11:30 a.m. Niagara 7, Sacred Heart 3
12:00 p.m. Brown 10,
1:30 p.m. UMBC 8, Sacred Heart 0 (5 innings)
3:30 p.m. UMBC 17, St. Francis (N.Y.) 1 (5 innings)
Saturday, March 25, 2006 – Pool Play
8:15 a.m. Niagara vs. Brown
10:10 a.m. Sacred Heart vs. Brown
12:05 p.m. UMBC vs.
2:00 p.m. UMBC vs. Brown
3:55 p.m. Sacred Heart vs. St. Francis (N.Y.)
Sunday, March 26, 2006 – Bracket Play
9:00 a.m. No. 4 Seed vs. No. 5 Seed
11:00 a.m. No. 2 Seed vs. No. 3 Seed
1:00 p.m. No. 1 Seed vs. Winner of Nos. 4/5 Seed
3:00 p.m. Championship Game