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Eight-Run Second Lifts Second-Seeded Retrievers Past No. 3 Hartford in America East Championships
Krissy Licursi went 3-for-4 with two doubles against Hartford.
Amanda Fefel picked up her first career save after shutting down the Hawks over the final 1.1 innings.
The Retrievers used six hits, two hit batters and three
The Retrievers added their ninth run of the game when second baseman Dana Shepherd doubled and scored on an RBI single by center fielder Kali Shirk. Shepherd’s double was her 19th of the season, breaking the school record.
The Hawks chased UMBC starter Ashley Gray after scoring three runs in the sixth inning. Fefel entered the game with the bases loaded and two outs and struck out designated player Olivia Piacentini to end the threat, then retired the side in order in the seventh to earn her first career save.
Gray (13-7) picked up the victory despite allowing five runs on 10 hits and six walks in 5.2 innings of work. She struck out five. Brittney Stratton (15-11) suffered the loss after giving up nine runs (three earned) on 12 hits and three walks while striking out six in six innings.
Licursi led the Retrievers at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, while Shepherd and Fefel each had two hits and scored two runs.
The Retrievers take on fourth-seeded and defending conference champion