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Softball Drops Two at Maryland
Ashley Gray went 2-for-4 with two doubles at Maryland.
The Retrieversí season-long offensive struggles continued, as they managed just six hits in the two games. They had plenty of opportunities, however, as they walked eight times, but they left 14 runners on base.
UMBC threatened in the top of the first, as first baseman Amanda Fefel (
The Retrievers got on the board in the fourth on an RBI double by Gray that this time did fall in and plated Culotta, who had walked to lead off the inning. UMBC then loaded the bases with two outs, but catcher Kali Shirk (
Fefel relieved starting pitcher Stephanie Weigman (Elkridge, Md./Archbishop Spalding) to start the fourth inning and retired the first four batters she faced and nine of 11 overall with three strikeouts.
But Hickey, who had relieved
Hickey was the only player in the game with multiple hits, as she went 2-for-3 with four RBI. She also picked up the victory after pitching four no-hit innings and striking out six. Weigman suffered the loss after allowing five runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks in three innings.
Gray started Game 2 in the circle for the Retrievers, and the Terps jumped on her early for five runs in the first inning. She walked the bases loaded with just one out, then back-to-back singles to left field by second baseman Brianna Shaw and catcher Brittany Bessho plated four runs. Bessho later scored on a passed ball.
The Retrievers put runners on second and third with no outs in the top of the second as Culotta led off the inning with a walk and Gray doubled to center, but Maryland starter Meredith Nelles struck out three consecutive batters to end the inning.
The Terps scored single runs in the second and third innings, sparked by Lauís leadoff triple in the second and RBI single in the third. After a scoreless fourth,
Gray (0-3) allowed eight runs (five earned) on eight hits and five walks in 4.2 innings of work, while Nelles (3-0) gave up just two hits and two walks while striking out six in the five-inning shutout.
The Retrievers return to action this weekend when they head to