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Retriever Softball Takes two on First Day of UMBC Spring Classic
Reilly Ward smashed her first home run of the season and drove in three against Sacred Heart.
Baltimore-Sparked by four home runs, the UMBC softball team (9-6) won twice on the first day of the UMBC Spring Classic, defeating Sacred Heart, 10-1, in five innings, and
Junior designated player Ashley Gray went 3-for-4 with a double, a homer, two runs scored and an RBI to lead the Retrievers past the Pioneers in Game One, while sophomore Krista Kearns (2-2) pitched a gem, striking out six and allowing no earned runs on just four hits and no walks in the five-inning complete game victory.
Freshman center fielder Emily Thompson hit a two-out, two-run double in the second inning, scoring senior shortstop Reilly Ward and Gray, who had each singled, to give UMBC an early 2-0 lead. Ward made it 5-0 an inning later with a three-run home run.
With two outs in the fourth, freshman third baseman Amanda Fefel crushed a solo shot to left field for a 6-run advantage, and Gray led off the fifth with a round-tripper of her own. With the bases loaded and two out later in the inning, Fefel hit an infield single to score two. The next batter, senior catcher Krissy Licursi, singled to center, and senior first baseman Melanie Denischuk came around to score from second on an error by the center fielder, giving UMBC a 10-0 lead.
After retiring the first six batters of the game in order,
Ward and Fefel each had two hits and three RBI in the game.
Bethany Lemenager suffered the loss for Sacred Heart, allowing six runs on nine hits in four innings. Danielle Mellin pitched the fifth for the Pioneers and allowed four runs (three earned) on three hits and two walks.
Denischuk led the Retrievers in Game Two against
The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the fourth, when Denischuk led off the inning with a double down the left field line, and pinch runner Kristi Troster scored on Licursi’s double to center one batter later.
Freshman third baseman Ashleigh Robinson led off the fifth with a single and stole second, then scored when junior right fielder Carla O’Rourke reached on an error. One batter later, Denischuk crushed a home run to center field for a 4-0 lead.
Gray (2-3) went the distance to pick up the victory for UMBC, allowing one run on five hits and three walks while striking out five in seven innings of work. Brooke Viola suffered the loss for
Kill led the Purple Eagles at the plate, going 3-for-4 and scoring their only run of the game.
In the first two games of the tournament,
A jam-packed Saturday that includes five games begins at 8:45 a.m. when
Fifth Annual UMBC Spring Classic
Friday, March 23 – Pool Play
Game 3: UMBC 10, Sacred Heart 1 (5 innings)
Game 4: UMBC 6,
Saturday, March 24 – Pool Play
10:40 a.m. Sacred Heart vs. Holy Cross
12:35 p.m. UMBC vs.
4:25 p.m. UMBC vs. Holy Cross
Sunday, March 25 – Pool/Bracket Play
9 a.m. Holy Cross vs.
Bracket Play Begins