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RETRIEVER SOFTBALL SPLITS WITH BETHUNE-COOKMAN AT NCAA PLAY-IN
Baltimore, MD - UMBC (45-19) shut out the MEAC Champion, Bethune-Cookman (40-23), in the opener, but fell 4-3 in nine innings in the nightcap to keep the NCAA play-in series tied at 1-1. The third game will be played at the UMBC Softball Stadium tomorrow at 3 p.m., and the winner will advance to the NCAA Tournament. In game one, Retriever senior Linsi Moy (18-5) held the Lady Cats to five hits en route to her second consecutive shutout. With the win, Moy took over sole possession of UMBC's single season wins record. The Retrievers scored their first run in the second inning behind a solo shot from senior Bonnie Nevin. UMBC would add three more in the fourth and another run in the fifth to seal the 5-0 victory.In the second game, Bethune-Cookman got on the board first when Brandee Lewis hit a two-out single and scored on a double by Darcy Villalobos. The Lady Cats would go up 2-0 before freshman Kristie Pickeral pulled UMBC to within one with a solo homerun to left center in the fourth inning. In the bottom of the same inning, Bethune-Cookman scored once again to extend their lead to 3-1. However, the Retrievers would tie the game up at 3-3 after scoring a run in both the fifth and sixth innings. Neither team would score until the bottom of the ninth when Jessica Cabato doubled to right field, allowing teammate Jennifer East to score. Retriever sophomore Kristin Dulay, who came in relief for starter Angie Amedro, gave up only two hits while striking out three, but was tabbed with the loss, dropping her season record to 10-6.