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Softball Splits Pair on First Day of UMBC Spring Classic
Emily Thompson tied the game against Niagara with her first home run of the season.
BALTIMOREóSenior right fielder Emily Thompson (Niagara Falls, N.Y./Niagara Falls) hit a game-tying home run with one out in the bottom of the seventh, and junior second baseman Lauren Brummell (Hanover, Va./Hanover) drove in the winning run with a two-out single in the eighth to propel the UMBC softball team (12-4) to a 6-5 victory over Niagara on the first day of the UMBC Spring Classic. Earlier in the morning, the Retrievers fell to
Saint Josephís 7, UMBC 3
The Hawks (10-8) scored two runs in each of the first three innings, getting a home run in each frame.
With two outs in the second and the Retrievers trailing, 4-0, junior center fielder Julia Culotta (
UMBC got a pair back in the fifth on RBI singles by senior shortstop Jessica Vetock (Pasadena, Md./Institute of Notre Dame/CCBC-Catonsville) and senior third baseman Amanda Fefel (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville), but the last seven Retrievers went down in order.
Freshman Heather Brown (
Culotta and Brown paced the Retrievers at the plate with two hits apiece. Darreff and right fielder Taylor Korpita also had a pair of hits for
The Retrievers struck first, loading the bases with two outs in the first for Culotta, who walked to give UMBC an early 1-0 lead.
UMBC got the run back in the bottom of the inning on Vetockís second RBI single of the day, but Healyís RBI single in the top of the seventh made it a 4-2 game.
In the bottom of the frame, junior first baseman Malorie Weller (
Under international tie-breaker rules, a runner was placed on second base in the eighth inning, and after a sacrifice bunt and a walk, Niagara used a double steal of second and home to take a 5-4 lead.
But the Retrievers responded in the bottom of the inning yet again. Culotta, who was placed on second to start the frame, advanced to third on a single by senior catcher Amanda Page (
Junior Stephanie Weigman (Elkridge, Md./Archbishop Spalding) allowed five runs (two earned) and struck out seven, going the distance in the victory to improve to 7-1 on the season. Cassie Stone suffered the loss after allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits in 2.2 innings in relief. Julie DiMatteo tossed the first five frames, giving up one run on six hits.
Page led the Retrievers with a 3-for-4 effort at the plate, while Kill had three of
In other UMBC Spring Classic action on Friday, Niagara beat
Action resumes Saturday at 8:45 a.m. when Lehigh takes on