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Bats Explode in Retrievers’ 17-1 Victory Over College of Charleston; UMBC Drops First Game to Presbyterian, 8-2
Amanda Fefel went 4-for-4 with four RBI in two games on the final day of the Spartan Classic.
SPARTANBURG, S.C.—The UMBC softball team (1-4) finally got the offensive surge it had been waiting on all weekend, defeating the College of Charleston (4-9) by a score of 17-1 in the consolation game of the Campus Suites Spartan Classic at Cyrill Stadium on the campus of South Carolina-Upstate. Earlier in the day, the Retrievers dropped an 8-2 decision to Presbyterian (3-6).
Game 1: Presbyterian 8, UMBC 2
The Retrievers got on the board first on an RBI single by junior designated player Amanda Fefel (
Presbyterian turned the pitcher’s duel into a rout with a seven-run fifth, but the Retrievers did not help their own cause, as they committed three errors in the inning, accounting for four unearned runs. All four of the Blue Hose’s hits in the frame went for extra bases, including three doubles and a leadoff triple.
UMBC sophomore second baseman Lauren Brummell (
Blue Hose starter Leslie Hensley (3-2) picked up the victory, allowing one run on three hits while striking out four in five innings. UMBC sophomore hurler Stephanie Weigman (
Brummell led the Retrievers at the plate with a 2-for-3 effort, while Presbyterian right fielder Lindsey Trombley went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, an RBI and a run scored.
Game 2: UMBC 17,
Fefel and Weller each hit two-run homers in the first two innings gave UMBC an early 4-0 lead before the Retrievers’ bats exploded for nine runs in the third.
Junior catcher Amanda Page (
UMBC added four more in the fifth on a two-run triple by sophomore center fielder Julia Culotta (Street, Md./North Harford/Tennessee) and a two-run homer by Brummell.
The Cougars’ only run of the game came on an RBI single by third baseman Kelley Dillon in the second inning.
Weigman (1-3) went the distance to pick up her first victory of the season. She allowed one run on five hits while striking out seven in five innings.
UMBC pounded out 13 hits in the game, led by Fefel (3-3, 3 RBI) and Weller (3-3, 2 RBI, 3 R).
Fefel and Weller were both named to the All-Tournament Team. Fefel batted a team-best .500 (5-for-10) with one home run and five RBI in the five games, while Weller hit .400 (6-for-15) and slugged .837 with a pair of homers, five RBI and five runs scored.
The Retrievers return to action on Tuesday, Feb. 24, when they head down I-95 to take on George Washington in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.