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Five-Run Third Lifts Georgetown Past UMBC Softball, 8-3
WASHINGTON, D.C. – UMBC designate player Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va./Cosby) went a perfect 3-for-3 from the dish, while fellow captain, junior second baseman Caitlin Chance (Easton, Md./Easton) blasted a three-run home run to tie up the game in the top of the third, but a five-run bottom of the third inning led Georgetown to an 8-3 victory in non-conference softball action at Guy Mason Field.
Georgetown moves to 18-26 on the season, having won three of its last four contests, while UMBC (8-33) has dropped its last 12.
The Retrievers had a chance to get on the board first, stranding the bases loaded in the top of the second inning. Chance led off with a single to right field, sophomore center fielder Mary Hartman (Eldersburg, Md./Century) reached on a two-out error and freshman catcher Jordan Sganga (Edgewater, Md./South River) drew a walk, but freshman right fielder Danielle O'Neill (Loathian, Md./Southern) fouled out to end the inning.
The Hoyas struck in the bottom half of the inning, as UMBC starting pitcher Miranda Clark (Tampa, Fla./H.B. Plant) struggled with control, hitting a batter, surrendering a single and adding a walk to load the bases. Clark was on the verge of escaping the jam, striking out first baseman Madeline Giaquinto and getting third baseman Taylor Henry to foul out to third, but three more walks in the inning, allowed Georgetown to take a 3-0 lead.
The black and gold got three back in the top of the third inning. Hall singled to left center field, followed by a single up the middle from junior first baseman Chelsea Bertoglio (Laguna Hills, Calif./Laguna Hills/Saddleback College) to set up first and second for Chance’s three-run blast to left field.
A single, followed by four-straight walks from Clark forced the Retrievers to go to the bullpen, bringing in senior Heather Brown (Pasadena, Md./Northeast). Brown got the first out of the inning on a pop up to short, but followed by walking in the second run of the inning. A two-run single up the middle from shortstop Samantha Giovanniello and an errant throw from UMBC, allowed Georgetown to the 8-3 advantage.
The Retrievers outhit Georgetown 9-5 in the contest, but stranded at least one runner in each of the last four innings.
GU starter Lauren O’Leary earned the victory, allowing three runs on six hits, while Clark got the loss, surrendering seven runs on two hits and walking seven.
UMBC returns to America East action over the weekend when it opens a three-game series against Albany, starting with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 20. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.