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UMBC WINS NEC SOFTBALL TITLE; WILL FACE BETHUNE-COOKMAN FOR NCAA BERTH
Lisa Boone was named Most Valuable Player in the NEC Tournament.
West Long Branch, NJ -UMBC (44-18) defeated St. Francis (PA), 2-0, to win the Northeast Conference Softball Championships, held in West Long Branch, NJ. The Retrievers will host the winner of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, Bethune-Cookman College (39-22), in a play-in series for a berth in the NCAA Championships. It is UMBC's second NEC softball title in three years.The best-of-three series vs. the Wildcats will begin on Thursday, May 9, at the UMBC Softball Diamond at 2:00 p.m. Should a third game be necessary, it would be played on Friday, May 10 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students, and there will be no complimentary tickets for these contests. Outfielder Lisa Boone was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, as she produced the game-winning RBI in each tournament game. In the win over the Red Flash, the junior from Owings, Maryland, hit a one-out triple to score Christina French with the first run of the game in the third inning. UMBC added an insurance tally in the bottom of the sixth, as pinch-hitter Crystal Beveridge doubled in Jess Graziano, who had doubled to lead off the frame. Pitcher Linsi Moy (16-5) made the runs stand up as she hurled UMBC's second straight tournament shutout. Moy, who had also defeated Robert Morris, 2-1, in an eight-inning opening contest, allowed just 4 hits, while walking 2 and striking out 2 in a complete game win. UMBC allowed just one run in the three-game sweep. Boone drove in the game-winning run in game one and both runs in game two as UMBC moved to within one game of the NEC Championship with wins over Robert Morris (2-1, 8 innings) and #1 seed LIU (2-0) on the first day of play. UMBC is now 43-17 on the season, setting a new school record for victories. The number two seeded Retrievers defeated third-seeded Robert Morris in Game Two of the Northeast Conference Tournament by a score of 2-1 in extra innings. With NEC Player of the Year Deanna Vecchio on third base, junior outfielder Lisa Boone hit a single to send Vecchio home and win the game.The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the fifth inning when freshman Christina French, a First Team All Conference player, led off with a single. French advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by junior outfielder Abbie Kahn, and later scored on an RBI-single by Vecchio to put UMBC up 1-0. Robert Morris would rally in the seventh, scoring on two hits and an error. Neither team would score until Boone hit the game-winner in the eight inning to end the game.Retriever starter Linsi Moy, who was awarded Second Team All-Conference honors, gave up one run in eight innings to win the game. She improved to 8-0 in conference play.In game two, senior Angie Amedro scattered nine hits in a shutout. Amedro won her 17th game of the season, breaking her own school record. UMBC got its two runs in the third inning, as a Boone single plated both Christina French and Abbie Kahn.