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Fefel, Mason Lead Softball to Doubleheader Split at Maine
Kaela Mason drove in five runs with a triple and a homer.
Mason was responsible for both UMBC runs, as she plated Fefel with her first triple of the season with two outs in the first, then gave the Retrievers a 2-0 lead with an RBI groundout in the third.
The Retrievers had runners in scoring position in the sixth and seventh innings but could not push a run across, and in the bottom of the seventh, Maine second baseman Alexis Souhlaris, the 2009 America East co-Player of the Year, hit a walk-off home run over the center field fence to give the Black Bears the 3-2 win.
Ashley Kelley (10-3) allowed two runs on seven hits and struck out five in the complete game victory. Junior Stephanie Weigman (Elkridge, Md./Archbishop Spalding) suffered the loss in relief, as she entered the game to start the seventh and faced just one batter, allowing the game-winning hit. Fefel gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and struck out four in six innings but did not factor into the decision.
Game 2: UMBC 3,
The Retrievers again took a first-inning lead, as back-to-back one-out singles by Fefel and senior right fielder Emily Thompson (Niagara Falls, N.Y./Niagara Falls) set the stage for Mason’s three-run homer.
The Black Bears got on the board in the fifth on a two-out RBI single by third baseman Terren Hall, but they stranded two runners on base and never got any closer.
Fefel and Thompson led off the seventh with a double and a single, respectively, and a fielder’s choice by junior first baseman Malorie Weller (
Weigman (11-11) allowed one run on five hits and struck out seven in the complete game victory, while Souhlaris (5-4) gave up four runs on 10 hits in seven innings in the loss.
Fefel and Thompson each went 3-for-4 to pace the Retrievers at the plate, while Souhlaris was on base in all four of her plate appearances for
The teams meet in the rubber match Sunday at 11 a.m.