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UMBC Knocks Out No. 2 Boston U. with 5-3 Win but Fourth-Seeded Retrievers Eliminated from America East Softball Tournament with 4-0 Loss to No. 1 Albany
Jessica Vetock hit the game-winning two-run single against Boston U.
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Third baseman Amanda Fefel smoked a two-run home run over the left field fence in the bottom of the first inning to give the Retrievers an early 2-0 lead over the Terriers.
BU had runners in scoring position in each of the first three innings, but UMBC starter Stephanie Weigman escaped jams each time. In the first, the Terriers put runners on second and third with one out, but shortstop Melissa Dubay popped out and first baseman Rachel Hebert struck out to end the inning. Then in the third, left fielder Shayne Lotito tripled with one out, but was doubled off third base when catcher Christy Leath popped up her bunt.
UMBC again loaded the bases in the fifth, setting the stage for Vetock’s game-winning single.
Weigman (14-13) allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out three in the complete game victory. BU starter Cassidy Hardy (14-8) suffered the loss after surrendering five runs on eight hits and four walks in 4.1 innings of work. Megan Currier pitched the final 1.2 frames for
Fefel and Shepherd each went 2-for-4 to pace the Retrievers’ offense. Delgado was the only Terrier with multiple hits, as she went 2-for-3.
UMBC starter Ashley Gray engaged
A pair of walks in the seventh gave the Retrievers one last glimmer of hope, but a popup ended their hopes of making their second straight appearance in the championship game.
Gray (7-11) suffered the loss after allowing four runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out five in the complete game. Five of the Great Danes’ hits occurred in the decisive fifth inning. McIntosh (17-6) blanked the Retrievers for the second day in a row, allowing just one hit – a single to center fielder Lynn Pronobis in the third. She also walked three and struck out seven.