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SHEPHERD’S GRAND SLAM POWERS RETRIEVERS TO 13-1 VICTORY OVER HARTFORD; UMBC DROPS SECOND GAME, 5-3
Dana Shepherd hit a grand slam and went 6-for-10 with four runs scored and five RBI in the series.
The Retrievers reached
The first inning was highlighted by a two-out, two-run double by catcher Jessica Griffith, and first baseman Melanie Denischuk was responsible for three runs in the second, as she knocked her team-leading 13th home run of the season.
In the third inning, left fielder Courtney O’Hara singled with one out and scored on a double by center fielder Kali Shirk before third baseman Reilly Ward singled and Denischuk was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Shepherd, who smashed her third homer of the season to put UMBC ahead by a score of 12-1.
The Retrievers’ scored their final run of the game in the fourth inning, as O’Hara singled and scored on a single by Ward for the 13-1 victory.
Senior Lauren Nicholson (11-1) threw a four-hitter to earn the win, as she allowed just one run and four walks while striking out five in the five-inning complete game. Eichler suffered the loss for the Hawks.
O’Hara and designated player
The Retrievers again struck first in the series finale, as Ward hit a sacrifice fly to drive in right fielder Carla O’Rourke in the third inning for a 1-0 lead. Denischuk hit a one-out homer to right field in the fifth inning before Shepherd doubled and scored on
Despite allowing five hits and a walk through the first four innings, UMBC starter Krista Kearns held the Hawks scoreless until the bottom of the fifth, when the notched a run on two singles, then added another in the sixth on two errors and an RBI.
Clinging to a 3-2 lead heading into the seventh inning, the Retrievers got runners on first and second but could not score.
Shepherd went 2-for-3 with a run scored, while Denischuk was 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run.
The Retrievers return to action Tuesday, April 4, as they host regional foe