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UMBC Softball Drops Heartbreaker in Rubber Match with Maine, 7-6
Melanie Denischuk was 3-for-3 on Sunday and has reached base in her last nine plate appearances.
Baltimore-The UMBC softball team (14-8, 1-2 America East) held a 5-3 lead after five innings, but Maine right fielder Erin Iandoli hit a three-run home run in the top of the sixth to give her team the lead, and the Black Bears (17-16, 2-1 America East) went on the win the game, 7-6, Sunday afternoon at UMBC Softball Stadium.
UMBC second baseman Dana Shepherd led off the game with a home run to give the Retrievers an early 1-0 lead, and
The Retrievers added a run in the second on back-to-back two-out singles by Shepherd and first baseman Melanie Denischuk, chasing Montano from the game.
The Black Bears took a 3-2 lead in the top of the third on a solo home run by left fielder Tara Vilardo and a two-run shot by center fielder Alexis Souhlaris. But the Retrievers got the runs back in the bottom of the inning, scoring three times on four hits and an error.
With one out, shortstop Reilly Ward singled to left and scored on center fielder Kali Shirkís triple down the right field line. Catcher Krissy Licursi drove in Shirk with a single, then reliever Krista Kearns doubled two batters later to plate Licursi and put UMBC back on top, 5-3. An error and a walk loaded the bases, but the Retrievers stranded them there.
The score remained 5-3 until the top of the sixth when Kearns, who had retired the first eight batters she faced in relief of starting pitcher Amanda Fefel, allowed a double and a single before Iandoliís two-out three-run homer to left field gave Maine a 6-5 lead. The Black Bears added an insurance run in the seventh on three consecutive two-out singles.
The Retrievers had 15 hits in the game but left 13 runners on base, including at least one in six of seven innings.
Denischuk and Fefel each had three hits to lead UMBC. Denischuk, who also walked twice, is 7-for-7 in her last two games and has reached base in nine straight plate appearances.
The Retrievers return to action on Tuesday, April 3, when they head to