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UMBC SOFTBALL EDGES MOUNT ST. MARY’S, 8-7 AND 4-3
Baltimore, MD –
Baltimore, MD –UMBC (30-17, 12-2 NEC) extended its win streak to eleven with a doubleheader sweep of Northeast Conference foe Mount St. Mary’s (9-17-1, 4-6 NEC) this afternoon at the UMBC Softball Stadium. The Retrievers came from behind in both games before going on to win by scores of 8-7 and 4-3.
In game one, the Mountaineers struck early after freshman Danyale Goode (Ellicott, MD/Seton Keough) hit a three-run home run in the first to put the Mount up, 3-0. UMBC freshman Lara Seamon (Richfield Springs, NY/Utica Notre Dame) scored senior Lisa Boone (Owings, MD/Northern) with an RBI-single in the bottom of the same inning to pull the Retrievers up within two. In the bottom of the third, sophomore Kristie Pickeral (Hughesville, MD/Thomas Stone) plated junior Lauren Hebb (Bowie, MD/PGCC) with a single to left field before Seamon hit her first career home run, a two-run blast, to give UMBC a 4-3 advantage.
Mount St. Mary’s tied it up in the following inning as leadoff batter Val Petillo (Plainville, CT/Plainville) reached on an error and later scored on a sacrifice bunt by Chloe Mathus (Reading, PA/Holy Name). The game remained even until the top of the sixth when Mountaineer pitcher Maria Lutz (Haddonfield, NJ/Haddon Township) hit her first career home run to put the Mount up, 7-4. However, UMBC came right back in the bottom frame, scoring four runs on four hits, powered by Hebb, who scored the game-winning run on a three-run shot to left-center. Junior Kristin Dulay (Pasadena, MD/Seton Keough), who came in the sixth inning in relief, received the win to improve to 4-5 on the season.
In game two, the Retrievers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the third after Hebb unleashed a two-run home run to left field, setting a new UMBC school record for single-season home runs with 12. The Mount evened it out at two apiece in the fifth behind a two-run homer by Eileen Williams (Herndon, VA/Chantilly). With the score tied at three in the bottom of the seventh, Hebb and Boone led off with back to back doubles before Pickeral was intentionally walked to load the bases. The next batter, Retriever senior Abbie Kahn, hit a grounder to Williams, who committed an error while fielding the ball, thus allowing the winning run to score.
Freshman Amy Sadowl (Horsham, PA/Hatboro-Horsham) received the win for UMBC and improved to 14-5 on the season.