Softball Drops a Pair in Saturday Doubleheader with Stony Brook

Taylor Hall hit her fifth homerun of the year on Saturday
Taylor Hall hit her fifth homerun of the year on Saturday

BALTIMORE – The UMBC softball team (17-21, 1-7 America East) lost two conference games to Stony Brook (26-9, 7-1 America East) on Saturday afternoon, 10-1 and 19-3, at the UMBC Softball Stadium.

Freshman catcher Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va./Cosby) led UMBC with a 4-for-6 effort in the two games hitting a home run and driving in four RBIs.  Hall now has five home runs on the year and her .368 batting average ranks second on the team. 

The Retrievers lost game one of the Saturday double header 10-1.  Stony Brook scored three runs in the first inning and tacked on another in the top of the third to build a 4-0 lead. 

UMBC cut the deficit to three in the bottom half of the inning when Hall drove in sophomore Jessica Warner (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) who crossed home plate for her team-leading 26th run of the season.  Warner reached base with a lead-off walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Caitlin Chance (Easton, Md./Easton).  She then moved to third on a wild pitch and came home on Hall's single.

UMBC, however, could not get any more runs off Stony Brook's Allison Cukrov, who allowed only four hits in five innings for her 17th victory of the season.

Freshman Miranda Clark (Tampa, Fla. H.B. Plant) pitched 3.2 innings but allowed six earned runs off eight hits to fall to 3-4 on the season.  She also struck out four Seawolves in the game.

In game two, Stony Brook scored 11 runs in the first inning en route to a 19-3 win.

Alyssa Hawley, Lauren Malone and Bernadette Tenuto combined to go 9-for-12 for the Seawolves with eight runs scored and seven RBIs.

The Retrievers got on the board in the bottom of the third when Hall hit her fifth homerun of the year to drive in all three of UMBC's run.

The Retrievers will look to rebound when they face Stony Brook in the series finale on Sunday with first pitch scheduled for noon.