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UMBC Softball Opens Season With Pair of Losses at UNCG Spartan Classic
Ashley Gray pitched six strong innings in a 1-0 loss to Cleveland State.
Senior Ashley Gray pitched six strong innings in the first game, allowing just one unearned run on three hits and a walk while striking out five. But her offense did not give her any support, as the batters managed just three singles and two walks.
The Retrievers threatened in the third and fifth innings, both times getting two runners on base. The fifth proved to be UMBC’s best chance to score, as third baseman Emily Thompson singled and left fielder Lynn Pronobis was hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and second with no outs, but the next three batters went down in order to end the threat.
The Vikings got on the board in the bottom of the inning, when with two outs, center fielder Jessica Burt reached on a three-base error and scored on a single by left fielder Whitney Willard.
Thompson picked up two of UMBC’s three hits in the game, while pinch hitter Krista Kearns had the other.
The Retrievers took an early 3-0 lead in the second game of the day. Shortstop Dana Shepherd and catcher Kali Shirk led off the game with back-to-back walks. First baseman Amanda Fefel hit a one-out single to drive in Shepherd, and center fielder Julia Culotta drove in Shirk with a fielder’s choice. Fefel later came around to score on a single by Thompson.
But a seven-run third for
Fefel relieved Weigman to start the fourth and surrendered a leadoff homer to left fielder Suzie Giroux but only allowed one more hit the rest of the way.
The Retrievers got two runs back in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI groundout by Gray and a run-scoring triple by Fefel.
Weigman allowed seven runs on four hits and five walks while striking out two in the loss. Fefel pitched four strong innings in relief, giving up just one run on two hits and a walk while striking out four.
Ali Pettit picked up the victory for
Fefel and second baseman Lauren Brummell each had two hits in the game for the Retrievers, while Shirk went 1-for-3 with two runs scored.
The Retrievers take on host UNC-Greensboro Sunday at 2:30 p.m., then face James Madison at 4:30 in the conclusion of the UNCG Spartan Classic.