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Fefel Breaks Home Run Mark, French Gets 300th Win at UMBC, as Softball Splits Doubleheader at Hartford
Emily Thompson was 6-for-9 with two extra-base hits and four runs scored against Hartford.
Fefel gave the Retrievers a 1-0 lead in the first inning with her record-breaking home run, which was her 11th of the season, but the Hawks tied it up in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by designated player Nicole Springer.
Junior first baseman Malorie Weller’s (
Fefel (4-5) suffered the loss after allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits and striking out eight in 5.1 innings of work. Siera Sheehan (7-9) allowed three runs on seven hits and struck out two in the complete game victory.
Game 2: UMBC 7,
The Retrievers trailed, 5-1, heading into the seventh inning, but got four hits in the frame and capitalized on a pair of
UMBC loaded the bases with one out on three straight singles by junior second baseman Lauren Brummell (
Freshman reliever Heather Brown (
With two out and none on in the eight, Fefel walked and Thompson doubled to put runners on second and third for O’Malley, who singled up the middle to drive both in with the go-ahead runs. In the bottom of the inning, two straight Hawks reached base to lead off the inning, but Brown escaped the jam with a pop-up and two groundouts, and the Retrievers held on for their fourth extra-inning victory this season.
Springer’s RBI double in the first inning gave the Hawks an early 1-0 lead, and third baseman Melani Maxwell made it 2-0 with a one-out double in the second.
Thompson blasted her eighth home run of the season with one out in the sixth to make it 4-1, but
The victory marked the seventh time UMBC has won a game when tied or trailing after six innings.
Brown (8-6) earned the victory after pitching 2.2 scoreless innings in relief and allowing just two hits. Junior Stephanie Weigman (Elkridge, Md./Archbishop Spalding) gave up five runs on eight hits and struck out seven in 5.1 innings of work. Springer (2-6) suffered the loss after surrendering seven runs (three earned) on 11 hits in 7.2 innings.
Thompson went 4-for-5 and scored three times to pace the Retrievers at the plate. She joined with Brummell and Fefel to produce an 8-for-13 effort from the top three hitters in the lineup. Thompson was 6-for-9 with two extra-base hits and four runs scored on the day.
The win was French’s 300th in nine seasons as head coach at UMBC.
The teams meet in the rubber match Sunday at 12 p.m.