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Softball Splits with Albany
Emily Thompson's second homer of the season gave the Retrievers a 4-0 lead.
The Retrievers got on the board in the first, as second baseman Lauren Brummell (Hanover, Va./Hanover) doubled and first baseman Malorie Weller (Round Hill, Va./Loudoun Valley/Kennesaw State) singled, putting runners on second and third for center fielder Julia Culotta (Street, Md./North Harford/Tennessee), whose groundout drove in a run.
But that was the only run UMBC would get, and
The Great Danes added four more in the sixth, and left fielder Nicole Kothe’s two-run single proved to be the game-winning hit.
UMBC starter Amanda Fefel (
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The Great Danes got one back in the third on a double by center fielder Kristin Bill, then scored twice in the fourth on a two-run home run by first baseman Gina Mason to cut their deficit to 4-3.
But Fefel provided an insurance run for the Retrievers in the fifth with her ninth homer of the season, a solo shot over the left field fence.
UMBC starter Stephanie Weigman (Elkridge, Md./Archbishop Spalding) improved to 15-10 with the complete game victory. She allowed three runs on five hits and struck out four. Marissa Powell (8-9) suffered the loss after giving up five runs (one earned) on six hits and striking out four in seven innings.
The teams meet again in the rubber match Saturday at 12 p.m. at Albany Field.