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Softball Clinches Playoff Berth with Pair of Shutouts over Hartford; Brummell, Weigman Break Records
Lauren Brummell broke UMBC's single-season record with her 20th double in Game 2.
BALTIMORE—UMBC sophomore hurler Stephanie Weigman (Elkridge, Md./Archbishop Spalding) blanked Hartford (19-22, 9-9 AEC) over 11 innings to lead the UMBC softball team (34-19, 12-8 AEC) to a doubleheader sweep and a spot in the four-team America East Championships. The Retrievers won the first game, 9-0, in five innings, then took the nightcap, 8-0, in six frames.
Entering the weekend, UMBC could secure a playoff berth with three wins over the Hawks but could also advance with two wins and a
“We won in convincing fashion with two outstanding efforts,” UMBC head coach Joe French said. “What’s amazing about this team all year is we never quit. We had numerous players step up time and time again, and it was never the same person all the time. When you pitch well, hit well and defend well, good things usually happen, and that was definitely true today.”
Weigman and sophomore second baseman Lauren Brummell (
The Retrievers pounded out 23 hits, including nine for extra bases in the two games.
Game 1: UMBC 9,
The Retrievers broke the game open with a six-run second inning, with all the scoring coming with two outs. Junior shortstop Jessica Vetock (
A pair of two-out infield hits in the third set the stage for Culotta, who launched her sixth home run of the season over the center field fence to put the Retrievers on top, 9-0.
Weigman (21-14) struck out nine and limited the Hawks to one hit in the five-inning complete game, despite walking six.
Culotta went 2-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored to pace the Retrievers at the plate. Sophomore first baseman Lauren O'Malley (
Game 2: UMBC 8,
The Retrievers led off the game with four straight hits, including an RBI double by Fefel and a three-run homer by sophomore left fielder Malorie Weller (Round Hill, Va./Loudoun Valley/Kennesaw State).
Brummell’s record-breaking double came as part of a three-run second inning, when Fefel, O’Malley and junior catcher Amanda Page (
The score remained the same until the bottom of the sixth, when the Retrievers again used a two-out rally to finish the game. With the bases loaded, O’Malley singled to left field to drive in Thompson with the winning run.
Weigman (22-14) allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out 10 in six innings. Her eighth strikeout of the game was the record breaker, and she now has 425 in her career. Siera Sheehan (5-11) suffered the loss after giving up seven runs on eight hits in 1.2 innings of work. Stratton allowed the final run on five hits over the last four innings in relief.
Six Retrievers picked up multiple hits in the game, led by Weller, who went 3-for-4 with three RBI. Fefel went 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Brummell and Thompson each had two hits and scored twice.