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RETRIEVERS REACH 40 WINS, TAKE TWO FROM HOST VERMONT IN SOFTBALL
Krista Kearns allowed two runs on five hits to pick up the victory in game one.
Burlington, Vt.-The UMBC softball team took the first two games of a three-game series against America East rival Vermont, sweeping a doubleheader by scores of 4-2 and 9-6 Saturday afternoon. The Retrievers reach the 40-win mark for the first time since 2003, improving to 41-12 overall and 9-4 in conference action, while the Catamounts fall to 12-21 on the season and 3-10 in league play.
But a leadoff single by second baseman Ashlea Underwood and two errors by the
Third baseman Reilly Ward and catcher Stevie Shore walked and first baseman Jessica Griffith hit a two-run double down the right field line to take a 3-2 lead.
UMBC starter Krista Kearns (12-5) picked up the complete-game victory after allowing two runs on five hits while striking out six in seven innings.
The Retrievers scored single runs in each of the first two innings of the second game. Three straight one-out singles in the first, the last an RBI hit down the right field line by shortstop Dana Shepherd put UMBC ahead, 1-0. Then in the second, center fielder Kali Shirk walked with one out, stole second base and scored on a double by O’Hara.
The Retrievers added another in the fourth as Underwood walked and scored on Shirk’s triple for a 3-0 lead.
Designated player Melanie Denischuk’s one-out double in the sixth scored another run, which proved key as the Catamounts crossed the plate four times in the bottom of the inning to pull to within one run at 6-5.
But the Retrievers scored three times in the top of the seventh to go ahead 9-5 on two wild pitches and an RBI single by O’Hara.
Two consecutive two-out doubles by Crosby and Borisenok scored a sixth run for
UMBC starter Lauren Nicholson (16-1) picked up the victory after allowing five runs on five hits and three walks while striking out six in 5.1 innings of work.
Alison Daggett (2-8) suffered the loss for
O’Hara was 3-for-4 with two RBI to lead the Retrievers at the plate.
The two teams meet again Sunday for the series finale at