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Softball Falls to UNCG but Defeats James Madison for First Victory of Season
Amanda Fefel went 4-for-11 with a triple, two RBI and three runs scored on the weekend.
GREENSBORO, N.C.—The UMBC softball team (1-3) split a pair of games on the final day of the UNCG Spartan Classic. The Retrievers lost their third straight game, 3-0, to host UNC-Greensboro, but defeated James Madison, 4-3, to pick up their first victory of the season.
The Spartans got single runs in the first, second and fourth innings. After an unearned run crossed the plate in the first, UNCG got three straight one-out hits, including a double by first baseman Mary Catherine Vercoe and an RBI single by right fielder Mary Greenway that made the score 2-0.
UNCG manufactured a run in the fourth, as second baseman Lyndsay Mouse walked with one out, stole second, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on a single by pinch hitter Emily Akiyama.
The Retrievers’ only real threat came in the top of the first inning when catcher Kali Shirk (
UMBC pitcher Ashley Gray (0-2) pitched another complete game but again suffered the hard luck loss. She struck out three and walked just two.
Amber Harrell (2-4) pitched the first five innings for the Spartans, striking out 10 and allowing just two hits and no walks. Hannah Angel allowed just one hit in the final two innings to pick up the save.
Greenway and catcher Whitney Sirois were both 2-for-3 on the day to lead UNCG. UMBC third baseman Emily Thompson (
Neither team scored through the first three innings of the second game on the day, but James Madison threatened first, loading the bases with one out in the second on two singles and an error, but UMBC starter Amanda Fefel (
The Dukes struck first, however, plating three runs in the top of the fourth on two walks and three hits, including RBI doubles by third baseman Amber Kirk and designated hitter Shannon Moxey and an RBI single by second baseman Kaitlyn Wernsing. James Madison had runners on first and third with two outs, but catcher Julie Dominguez flied to center to end the inning.
The Retrievers, who had gone down in order in each of the first three innings, answered back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth. With one out, Shirk reached on an error and stole second base and Fefel walked. Shirk then scored on a single by Gray, and after center fielder Julia Culotta (
The score remained knotted until the sixth, when Fefel led off the inning with a single and reached third on a two-base error by the right fielder. She then came around to score what proved to be the winning run a batter later on a single by Culotta.
UMBC freshman pitcher Stephanie Weigman (Elkridge, Md./Archbishop Spalding) bounced back from a rough debut to pick up her first collegiate win, as she pitched three scoreless innings in relief, allowing just one hit and two walks. Fefel pitched the first four innings and allowed three runs on seven hits.
Meredith Felts suffered the loss for James Madison despite allowing just one unearned run on two hits and striking out four in 2.1 relief innings. Jenny Clohan started the game for the Dukes and gave up three runs (two earned) on two hits and two walks in 3.2 innings of work.
Moxey and Wernsing each went 2-for-4 to lead the Dukes, and Moxey’s two hits were both doubles. Four different Retrievers accounted for UMBC’s four hits in the game.
Thompson and Fefel led the Retrievers’ offense on the weekend, as Thompson went 5-for-12 (.417) with two doubles and three RBI, while Fefel went 4-for-11 (.364) with a triple, two RBI and three runs scored.
The Retrievers return to action on Thursday, Feb. 21, when they take on in-state rival