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Softball Takes Two on First Day of UMBC Spring Classic
Amanda Fefel went 4-for-6 in two games and also picked up a victory on the mound.
BALTIMORE—The UMBC softball team (15-8) extended its winning streak to 10 games with a pair of victories on the first day of the Seventh Annual UMBC Spring Classic, as the Retrievers defeated Siena, 6-3, and St. Francis (Pa.), 4-3.
The Retrievers scored a run in the bottom of the first on a one-out RBI single by center fielder Julia Culotta (Street, Md./North Harford/Tennessee) that plated second baseman Lauren Brummell (Hanover, Va./Hanover).
UMBC held the 1-0 lead until the fourth, when
The Saints cut their deficit in half in the top of the fifth on an RBI single by catcher Natasha Powlowsky. But UMBC added some insurance in the bottom of the frame when third baseman Krista Kearns (
Junior Amanda Fefel (
Courtney Brinkman suffered the loss for
Fefel was also the only Retriever with more than one hit, as she went 2-for-3 with a run.
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Weigman and Red Flash starter Laura Caldwell were locked in a pitcher’s duel for the first five innings, but the Retrievers broke the scoreless tie in the fourth on singles by Brummell, Fefel and designated player Lauren O'Malley (Pasadena, Md./Archbishop Spalding).
UMBC held its 1-0 lead until the sixth, when St. Francis scored three times with two outs. Shortstop Kelly Slingwine’s double drove in one run, and two batters later, right fielder Jamie Dixon gave the Red Flash a 3-1 lead with a two-run double of her own.
But the Retrievers rallied in the bottom of the frame, scoring three times to regain the advantage, 4-3. UMBC got four straight hits to start the inning, with runs scoring on Culotta’s double and O’Malley’s single.
Weigman (8-6) went the distance in the victory. She allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk, and she tied her career high with 12 strikeouts, including the last five outs of the game.
Brummell, Fefel and O’Malley all went 2-for-3 to pace the Retrievers’ offense. Brummell also scored twice, while O’Malley had two RBI.
The Retrievers return to action on Saturday for the second day of the Seventh Annual UMBC Spring Classic, where they will take on Robert Morris at 11:50 a.m. and Niagara at 1:45 p.m.
In other Day 1 action, Robert Morris defeated