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Retrievers Sweep Softball Doubleheader from Maine to Win Series
Emily Thompson went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles against Maine on Sunday.
BALTIMOREóThe UMBC softball team (20-11, 2-1 AEC) won its first America East Conference series of the season by sweeping a doubleheader from
Game 1: UMBC 7,
Second baseman Lauren Brummell (
Third baseman Krista Kearns (
Fefelís shot chased
The Black Bears, meanwhile, clawed their way back into the game with a three-run homer by first baseman Courtney Gingrich in the fourth and a triple by second baseman Ashley Waters in the fifth to cut it to 7-4.
But sophomore Stephanie Weigman (Elkridge, Md./Archbishop Spalding) relieved Fefel with one out in the fifth and retired eight of the final 11 batters of the game to preserve the victory and earn her second career save.
Fefel (7-2) picked up the win after allowing four runs on six hits in 4.1 innings of work. Balent (4-3) gave up seven runs (two earned) on six hits in 1.2 innings in the loss, while Kelley pitched 4.1 scoreless innings in relief, allowing just three hits and a walk.
Brummell and right fielder Emily Thompson (
Game 2: UMBC 5,
All four of the Retrieversí hits in the nightcap came in a four-run second inning, and all four runs scored with two outs, as Thompson hit a two-run double, and shortstop Jessica Vetock (Pasadena, Md./Institute of Notre Dame/CCBC-Catonsville) and Brummell each had RBI singles.
UMBC added an insurance run in the fourth without the benefit of a hit, using two hit-batters, a walk and a sacrifice fly.
Weigman (12-8) pitched her second complete-game shutout of the season, striking out nine and allowing just four hits.
Alexis Souhlaris (6-4) suffered the loss after surrendering four runs on four hits in two innings. Cayleigh Montano pitched the next 3.1 innings and gave up one run on five walks but did not allow a hit, while Kelley retired the final two Retriever batters in the sixth.
The Retrievers return to action on Thursday, April 2, when they host cross-town rival