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Freshmen Lead Way as Retrievers Win Two at Maryland Spring Break Classic
Stephanie Weigman picked up two victories with 6.1 scoreless innings, while Lauren Brummell and Julia Culotta combined for five RBI in two games.
Sophomore Amanda Fefel started game one for UMBC and breezed through the first three innings, retiring nine of the first 10 batters. But
The Peahens struck first in the top of the fourth when first baseman Megan Papierniak drove in a run with a two-out double. But the Retrievers took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the inning on a two-run single by freshman first baseman Julia Culotta.
Fefel allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks while striking out four in 4.2 innings of work Weigman relieved her in the fifth and pitched 2.1 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and no walks while striking out four to pick up the victory. Reingle went the distance for the Peahens and gave up four runs on seven hits.
Culotta and Fefel led the Retrievers offensively, each contributing 2-for-3 efforts at the plate. Culotta drove in three of UMBCís four runs.
Both teams went down in order in the first inning of the nightcap, but
But the Purple Eagles went ahead, 4-2, in the top of the third when third baseman Kayla Hines hit a two-out RBI single, which was followed by a home run by second baseman Teresa Healy.
The Retrievers answered right back in the bottom of the inning with three runs of their own on back-to-back run-scoring singles by Fefel and senior pitcher Ashley Gray and a sacrifice fly by right fielder Krista Kearns for a 5-4 advantage.
UMBC tacked another run on in the sixth when Brummell hit another RBI double to give the Retrievers the 6-4 victory.
Gray started the game in the circle for UMBC and allowed four runs on four hits and a walk while striking out four in three innings of work. Weigman pitched the final four innings and gave up just two hits and one walk while striking out four to earn her second victory of the day.
Brooke Viola pitched the first three innings for
Brummell and Gray each had two hits to pace the Retrievers offensively in the game.
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