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RETRIEVER SOFTBALL DROPS DOUBLEHEADER AT MAINE IN AMERICA EAST ACTION
Orono, Maine-UMBC starter Lauren Nicholson held the Black Bears (35-16, 16-4 AEC) to just one earned run over eight innings in game one but suffered an extra-inning loss, and the Retrievers (44-18, 10-10 AEC) could not solve Maine starter Jenna Balent in game two, dropping both games of the America East doubleheader, 2-1 and 5-0, Friday afternoon at Kessock Field.
The Black Bears scored an unearned run in the bottom of the second inning in the first game to take a 1-0 lead, but UMBC tied it up in the top of the fifth on two walks and an RBI infield single by designated player Stevie Shore.
The score remained knotted at 1-1 through the regulation seven innings, but
Nicholson (18-3) pitched the complete game and suffered only her third loss of the season after allowing two runs (one earned) on 11 hits and three walks while striking out five in 7.2 innings of work.
Shore (2-for-4) and third baseman Reilly Ward (2-for-3) each had two hits to lead the Retrievers at the plate.
The Black Bears jumped on UMBC starter Krista Kearns early in game two, scoring twice in the first and three times in the second to account for all five runs in a 5-0 win. Only one of the runs was earned, however, as the Retrieversí defense committed three errors in those two innings.
Balent pitched a gem for
Balent (14-10) threw a two-hit complete game shutout to earn the victory. She also hit a batter but got two double plays so only faced one batter over the minimum. She struck out four Retrievers in six innings.
The two teams meet again for the series finale Saturday at
With the doubleheader sweep,