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UMBC SOFTBALL SWEEPS AMERICA EAST DOUBLEHEADER AT BINGHAMTON
Stevie Shore's grand slam in game two powered the Retrievers to a 10-1 victory.
Vestal, N.Y.-The UMBC softball team (35-11, 5-3 AEC) swept a doubleheader from America East foe Binghamton (5-23, 1-7 AEC) Wednesday afternoon at East Gym Complex, winning the first game, 7-3, before scoring seven in the first inning of game two for a 10-1 five-inning victory.
Junior Melanie Denischuk (Poway, Calif./Hugh Sutherland (Carstairs, Alberta)/Indian River CC/Auburn) gave the Retrievers an early 1-0 lead with a two-out solo home run in the top of the first inning of game one, but Binghamton catcher Christine Quijano tied it in the second with a solo shot of her own.
Senior Jessica Griffith (Linthicum, Md./Glen Burnie/Anne Arundel CC) hit a one-out home run in the Retrievers’ two-run fourth, and Denischuk connected for her second long ball of the game and her NCAA-best 21st of the season in the sixth with freshman Courtney O’Hara (Pasadena, Md./Institute of Notre Dame) aboard for a 5-2 lead.
O’Hara added a two-out two-run double in the top of the seventh to put UMBC ahead, 7-2, and the Bearcats added one in the bottom of the inning for the 7-3 final.
UMBC starter Lauren Nicholson (Audubon, N.J./Paul VI) pitched the complete game to pick up the win, improving to 14-1 on the season. She allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits and one walk while striking out four in seven innings.
Katie Hansen (2-12) suffered the loss for
Sophomore Stevie Shore (New Carlisle, Ohio/Northwestern) hit a two-out grand slam in the top of the first of game two, highlighting the Retrievers’ seven-run inning. UMBC manufactured three more runs in the fourth, and
Denischuk went 3-for-4 in the game to extend her hit streak to 14, while junior Dana Shepherd (
The Retrievers return to action this weekend as they host America East rival