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UMBC Softball Finally Opens Season, Splits Double-Header at George Washington
Amanda Fefel had three hits and two RBIs in her collegiate debut.
Washington, D.C.-After three weeks of inclement weather leading to cancellations and postponements, the UMBC softball team finally opened its 2007 season Tuesday afternoon, splitting a double-header with George Washington at Mount Vernon Field. The host Colonials (6-3) took the first game, 5-4, in nine innings, while the Retrievers (1-1) won game two, 5-2.
George Washington got on the board first in game one, as back-to-back two-out walks, a wild pitch and a single led to the first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning. But the Retrievers tied it up in the top of the second when third baseman Reilly Ward walked and scored on an error on first baseman Amanda Fefel’s fielder’s choice.
UMBC took a 4-1 lead in the third with three manufactured runs. Center fielder Kali Shirk and shortstop Dana Shepherd led off the inning with back-to-back singles, and Shirk scored on a one-out wild pitch. Pitcher Ashley Gray walked, then Ward drove in Shepherd with a sacrifice fly. After a Krissy Licursi walk, Fefel singled to right to plate Gray.
Gray held the Colonials to just two hits over the first five innings, but struggled in the sixth, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks to tie the game. Ward doubled with two outs in the top of the seventh but was stranded there, and Gray retired the Colonials in order in the bottom of the inning to send the game into extra frames.
After a scoreless eighth, the Retrievers threatened in the ninth, but Shepherd was thrown out trying to score on a fielder’s choice by Ward, and Licursi struck out to strand second baseman Amanda Robinson at third.
George Washington loaded the bases with one out on a walk, a single and an error, then pinch hitter Chrysanthi Halkiotis drove in the winning run with a single to left.
Fefel, Shirk and Shepherd all went 2-for-4 in the game, combining for six of UMBC’s eight hits. Gray allowed five runs on seven hits and 10 walks while striking out six in eight-and-a-third innings in the loss. Amanda Gabriel picked up the win for George Washington.
Right fielder Heather Bennett hit a two-run double in the second inning of game two, followed by an RBI single by left fielder Carla O’Rourke to give UMBC an early 3-0 lead.
The Colonials got one back in the bottom of the inning on a sac fly, but the Retrievers added two more in the top of the third on an RBI fielder’s choice by Ward and an RBI single by Fefel. George Washington scored its final run in the bottom half on a double and an error.
O’Rourke went 2-for-3 in the game and was the only Retriever with multiple hits. Fefel continued her impressive collegiate debut with another hit, a run and an RBI, making her 3-for-7 with two RBIs on the day.
Senior Jessica Taylor pitched the six-inning complete game and allowed two runs on seven hits and five walks while striking out five in the win. Katie Miller suffered the loss for George Washington.