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UMBC SOFTBALL TAKES TWO FROM BOSTON U., MOVES INTO SECOND IN AMERICA EAST
Reilly Ward was 5-for-7 with four RBI in two games against Boston University.
The first game remained scoreless through four-and-a-half innings until left fielder Courtney O’Hara (Pasadena, Md./Institute of Notre Dame) walked with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the fifth, forcing in first baseman Jessica Griffith (Linthicum, Md./Glen Burnie/Anne Arundel CC) for a 1-0 lead.
The Terriers tied the score the next inning, as third baseman Brooke Hudson singled and scored on a wild pitch.
But the Retrievers’ bats took a 5-1 lead with four runs in the bottom of the sixth, highlighted by a two-run homer by catcher Stevie Shore (New Carlisle, Ohio/Northwestern), her 12th of the season.
Melody Popravak suffered the loss for the Terriers, as she allowed four runs (two earned) on four hits in 1.2 innings of relief. Cassidi Hardy started the game for
The Retriever bats exploded for eight runs in the first two innings of the nightcap and took a quick 8-0 lead before the Terriers got on the board in the top of the third. Ward doubled in each of the first two innings, driving in four runs, including three on her bases loaded two-bagger down the left field line in the second.
Shore walked with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth, and Dubay hit an RBI double in the top of the fifth before UMBC scored two more in the bottom of the inning for an 11-6 lead.
Senior Lauren Nicholson (Audubon, N.J./Paul VI) picked up the win and improved to 15-1 after allowing six runs on eight hits and four walks while striking out four in 5.2 combined innings of work. She started the game and went 3.2 innings before junior Jessica Taylor (
Ward went 3-for-4 with four RBI for the Retrievers, while center fielder Kali Shirk (North Wales,
The Retrievers and Terriers meet again Saturday at 11 a.m. for the series finale.