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UMBC SOFTBALL WINS DOUBLEHEADER AT QUINNIPIAC
Hamden, Conn - In two back and forth games, Quinnipiac wasn't able to hang on to either, losing to the UMBC Retrievers by scores of 10-9 and 12-11. UMBC is now 29-14 overall, and 9-3 in the NEC.
In the first inning of game one, UMBC started things off with an RBI knocked in by Jessica Graziano to give UMBC the early 1-0 lead. QU stepped right up and took the lead after scoring two runs off of a hit from freshman Sarah Collins. Quinnipiac scored five runs off of RBI's from Bundy, Renee Escaravage, Fries, O'Neil, and Collins. UMBC responded in the third with six runs to tie the game up at seven. UMBC's Graziano, French, and Sheppard all had hits, along with a homerun from Abbie Kahn. After two scoreless innings, UMBC tallied two runs in the fifth for the lead, 9-7. Deanna Vecchio knocked in a two-run homer for the Retrievers. Quinnipiac rallied for two runs in the sixth, and with the game tied up at 9, UMBC's Vecchio was able to knock in Kahn for the eventual winning run.
After a frustrating first game, QU came out strong in the first inning of game two, scoring a quick four runs, including a homerun from junior Jessica Petri, scoring three runs. QU was able to hold it's 4-0 lead until the top of the third, when UMBC pulled in three runs off of a single by Lisa Boone, a double from Jess Graziano, a single from Kahn, and a homerun from Bonnie Nevin, to make it 4-4. Both teams tallied a run in the fourth from QU's Bundy, on a lone homerun and UMBC's Kristy Pickeral, off a single. With things tied at 5-5, the scoring continued into the fifth. UMBC started things off with a double from Vecchio, and singles from French, Vieca and Sheppard for three runs. QU was strong with the bats, scoring four runs off of a homer from Collins and another homer from Bundy, along with an RBI from Fries, to give QU the 10-9 lead. UMBC wasn't finished though. They rallied back for three runs in the sixth off of hits by French, Kahn, and Boone for the go ahead 12-10. QU was able to start something in the seventh when Cimminello's double knocked in Escaravage, but the rally fell short and UMBC prevailed 12-11.