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Fefel Ties Home Run Mark, but Retrievers Drop Extra-Inning Heartbreaker in Series Finale at Maine, 8-7
Amanda Fefel tied UMBC's career home run record with a two-run shot in the first inning.
As they had in the first two games of the series, the Retrievers got on the board in the first inning, as junior second baseman Lauren Brummell (
The Retrievers made it 4-0 in the second on Brummellís two-out two-run single, and they added two more in the fourth on four hits, including an RBI double by junior center fielder Julia Culotta (Street, Md./North Harford/Tennessee) and a run-scoring infield single by Fefel.
But UMBC junior hurler Stephanie Weigman (Elkridge, Md./Archbishop Spalding), who had cruised through the first three innings, allowing just one base runner and striking out six in a row, ran into trouble in the fourth. After a walk and a base hit, third baseman Terren Hall homered to slice the Retrieversí lead in half. The next two batters followed with a single and double to make it 6-4, and after a walk, another run scored on a passed ball, and designated player Meghan McLain chased Weigman with a game-tying double.
But the Retrievers answered right back to regain the lead in the top of the fifth on another RBI double by Culotta.
Fefel, who relieved Weigman, allowed just one base runner over the next two innings, and the Retrievers took the 7-6 lead into the bottom of the seventh. But with one out, three straight Black Bears singled, and a fielderís choice by left fielder Kali Burnham drove in the tying run and sent the game to extra frames.
UMBC could not manage a base runner in the eighth or ninth, and with two on and none out in the bottom of the ninth, Hall single to center field to plate second baseman Alexis Souhlaris with the winning run.
Cayleigh Montano (1-2) earned the victory in relief for
Brummell, Culotta and junior designated player Lauren O'Malley (
The Retrievers return to action next weekend, when they travel to America East rival