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SOFTBALL’S SEVENTH INNING RALLY FALLS SHORT TO BROWN, 6-4
Ashlea Underwood drove in two runs with a two-out single to keep the Retrievers' rally alive.
Baltimore, Md.-The second-seeded UMBC softball team (24-8) rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh, but it was not enough to come back from an early 6-0 deficit, falling to third-seeded Brown, 6-4, on the final day of competition at the UMBC Spring Classic.
In a rematch of Saturday’s 9-1 five-inning UMBC victory, the Retrievers faced Brown starter Kristen Schindler, the same pitcher whom they reached for four runs in two-thirds of an inning. But this time the UMBC batters could not solve her, as she limited them to four hits in the first five innings. When hitters did reach base, they were stranded there, as the Retrievers left 12 runners on, including the bases loaded twice.
UMBC starter Jessica Taylor (
After setting down the Bears quietly in the fourth, Boyd ran into trouble in the fifth, as four hits, compounded by three outfield errors which allowed runners to take extra bases, led to three two-out runs and a 6-0 Brown lead. Freshman Krista Kearns (
Third baseman Reilly Ward (Olney, Md./Sherwood) led off the bottom of the seventh with a single through the right side and ignited a rally. With one out, shortstop Dana Shepherd (
With the bases loaded and two outs, Michelle Moses came in to relieve Schindler and immediately gave up a two-run single to second baseman Ashlea Underwood (Visalia, Calif./Central Valley Christian/Reedley JC), which pulled the Retrievers to within three runs at 6-3. Left fielder Courtney O’Hara (
Schindler picked up the win, allowing four runs on eight hits and seven walks while striking out two in 6.2 innings. Moses earned the save after halting the UMBC rally, as she gave up two hits and struck out one in one-third of an inning.
O’Hara went 2-for-2 at the plate with two walks, a double and an RBI, while Ward, Shepherd and right fielder Krissy Licursi (
In five games on the weekend, O’Hara hit .889 (8-for-9) with four doubles, a triple, a home run, six runs scored and six RBI. She also walked three times for a .917 on-base percentage, and she collected 17 total bases for a 1.889 slugging percentage. Shepherd hit .625 (10-for-16) with three doubles, a home run, six runs scored and seven RBI. She reached base at a .647 clip and slugged 1.000 with 16 total bases. Licursi hit .538 (7-for-13) with two doubles, a home run, three runs scored and three RBI.
Ward and first baseman Melanie Denischuk (Poway, Calif./Hugh Sutherland (Carstairs, Alberta)/Indian River CC/Auburn) each hit .412 (7-for-17), with Ward hitting a double, scoring four runs and driving in three, and Denischuk hitting three homers, scoring four times and driving in eight runs. She slugged .941 with 16 total bases.
Brown won the UMBC Spring Classic championship with a 7-3 victory over top-seeded Niagara. Niagara had defeated fourth-seeded Sacred Heart, 10-2, in five innings to reach the title game. Earlier in the day, Sacred Heart finished off St. Francis (N.Y.), 4-3, in nine innings to conclude Saturday's halted game, then defeated the fifth-seeded Terriers again, 10-1, in five innings.
The Retrievers host Howard in a doubleheader on Tuesday, March 28, beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Fourth Annual UMBC Spring Classic
Friday, March 24, 2006 – Pool Play
Niagara 9, St. Francis (N.Y.) 1
Brown 10, St. Francis (N.Y.) 1 (5 innings)
UMBC 8, Sacred Heart 0 (5 innings)
UMBC 17, St. Francis (N.Y.) 1 (5 innings)
Saturday, March 25, 2006 – Pool Play
Niagara 7, Brown 1
Brown 4, Sacred Heart 3
UMBC 9, Brown 1 (5 innings)
Sacred Heart 4, St. Francis (N.Y.) 3 (9 innings)
Sunday, March 26, 2006 – Bracket Play
No. 4 Sacred Heart 10, No. 5 St. Francis (N.Y.) 1 (5 innings)
No. 3 Brown 6, No. 2 UMBC 4
Championship Game: No. 3 Brown 7, No. 1 Niagara 3