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Retrievers Drop 6-5 Heartbreaker to Stony Brook in Series Finale
Amanda Fefel's grand slam was her fifth home run of the week.
The Seawovles (13-8, 3-0 AE) got on the board in the first when shortstop Vicki Kavitsky led off with a single, stole second and scored on center fielder Brijette Martinís double to left. Stony Brook threatened for more, but UMBC junior hurler Stephanie Weigman (Elkridge, Md./Archbishop Spalding) escaped a bases loaded jam by striking out the side.
The Retrievers (15-10, 0-3 AE) loaded the bases in the second and tied the score when senior shortstop Jessica Vetock (
Stony Brook answered right back with three runs in the top of the third to make it 5-4, but neither team scored again until the seventh, when reliever Casey Jacobs led off with a single, and the Retrievers could not make a play on first baseman Kendall Blumenthalís bunt, putting runners on first and second with no outs. The runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt, and catcher Jade Clare tied it with a sacrifice fly before pinch hitter Taylor Chain roped the first pitch she saw through the left side to drive in the go-ahead run.
Jacobs (2-1) earned the victory after pitching two perfect innings in relief. Struzenberg allowed five runs on eight hits and four walks while striking out five in the first five innings. UMBC freshman Heather Brown (
The Retrievers return to action on Tuesday, March 30, when they host
Note: The grand slam was Fefelís 37th career home run, leaving her three shy of Kristie Pickeralís school record.