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Softball Splits Doubleheader with Albany, but Drops Series, 2-1
Amanda Fefel went 4-for-7 with five RBI against Albany on Monday.
BALTIMORE—The UMBC softball team (15-19, 4-2 AEC) split a doubleheader with America East rival Albany (15-11, 3-1 AEC) Monday afternoon at UMBC Softball Stadium, and the Great Danes won the three-game series, 2-1. The Retrievers won the first game, 6-1, behind stellar pitching by senior Ashley Gray, but they dropped game two by a score of 9-4. UMBC’s 4-2 conference record ties their best start ever in the America East, first accomplished in 2007.
Game 1: UMBC 6,
In a dominating performance, Gray allowed just one run on five hits, struck out seven and did not walk a batter to earn the complete game victory for the Retrievers.
After allowing an infield single to start the second inning, Gray retired eight straight batters before
But the Retrievers reached Great Dane starter Marissa Powell and reliever Brittany Rose for five runs in the fifth and sixth innings to take control of the game. Gray led off the fifth with a single, and catcher Kali Shirk doubled with one out to put runners on first and third for left fielder Lauren Brummell, who singled to right field to drive in Gray and break the tie. Center fielder Lynn Pronobis then successfully executed a suicide squeeze bunt that plated Shirk for a 3-1 lead.
Designated player Alison Duff led off the sixth inning with her first home run as a Retriever, and shortstop Jessica Vetock followed with a base hit that chased Powell. Rose retired the first two batters she faced before three consecutive singles drove in two more runs to give UMBC the 6-1 victory.
Powell suffered the loss and was charged with five runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out one in five innings of work. Rose allowed one run on three hits and struck out two in one inning.
Shirk went 3-for-3 with a run and an RBI to pace the Retrievers offensively, while Brummell was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Duff also had her first two-hit game at UMBC. Butsch led the Great Danes at the plate with a 2-for-3 effort.
Left fielder Amber Maisonet led off the game with a single and eventually came around to score on a sacrifice fly by second baseman Michelle Connors. Fefel gave the Retrievers a brief 2-1 lead on a two-run homer, but the Great Danes tied the score on an RBI double by catcher Kat Smith.
Albany went ahead, 4-2, in the top of the third on a pair of solo home runs by Maisonet and Connors, but UMBC knotted the game in the bottom of the inning on back-to-back walks and a two-run double by Fefel.
Gray relieved starting pitcher Stephanie Weigman to start the fourth inning and retired five of the first six batters she faced, but Butsch’s second home run of the day put the Great Danes on top for good, 6-4, in the fifth.
The Retrievers stranded two runners on base in each of the next two innings, and Albany scored three runs in the top of the seventh – all with two outs – on back-to-back walks, a double by Butsch and an infield single by designated player Gina Mason. UMBC then loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh but failed to score.
Leah McIntosh (9-3) picked up the victory for
Gray (3-5) suffered the loss after allowing the go-ahead two-run home run, the only runs she surrendered in three innings. She gave up two hits and struck out two. Weigman allowed four runs on five hits and one walk in the first three innings, while Fefel gave up three runs on two hits in the seventh.
Fefel led UMBC offensively with a 3-for-4 effort, a double, a homer and four RBI. She was the only Retriever with multiple hits.
Butsch went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, two runs scored and three RBI to lead the Great Danes at the plate. Mason and Maisonet also had two hits apiece, while Connors drove in two runs and scored twice.
The Retrievers return to action on Wednesday, when they take on America East rival