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Fefelís Three Homers Power Retrievers to 10-7 Comeback Win Over Temple; UMBC Drops Pitcherís Duel in First Game, 2-1
Amanda Fefel has 36 career home runs, four shy of the school record.
The Retrievers took an early 1-0 lead on back-to-back two-out doubles by sophomore left fielder Kaela Mason (Bel Air, Md./Harford Tech) and senior right fielder Emily Thompson (
But the Owls scored twice in the third on doubles by second baseman Michelle Lerner and shortstop Christina Sykora and an RBI single by left fielder Samantha Schoell to take a 2-1 lead.
The teams combined for just four more hits over the final four innings, and the 2-1 score held up.
UMBC junior hurler Stephanie Weigman (
Game 2: UMBC 10,
For the fourth time in as many victories, UMBC rallied to win when trailing in the sixth inning or later.
This time, the Retrievers found themselves down, 6-3, in the seventh, when Fefel hit her third home run of the game, a two-run shot to pull them to within one. UMBC then loaded the bases on a pair of singles and a hit batter before junior designated player Lauren OíMalley (
Fefelís first home run of the game gave the Retrievers a 1-0 lead in the first, but the Owls scored three times in the bottom of the inning. Fefelís second homer made it 3-2 in the third, and UMBC tied it up in the sixth when Thompson laced a home run of her own down the left field line.
But back-to-back doubles by center fielder Ali Robinson and designated player Danielle Fagan and an RBI single by third baseman Rachel Knable temporarily gave Temple a 6-3 lead in the bottom of the inning.
UMBC freshman starter Heather Brown (
Fefelís three home runs in the contest equal UMBCís single-game record, set by Deanna Vecchio in 2002 and matched by Kristie Pickeral in 2004. She now has 36 in her career, just four shy of Pickeralís school mark.
The Retrievers return to action this weekend, when they open America East play with a three-game series against Stony Brook.