BALTIMORE – UMBC sophomore Kayla Martinez (Odenton, Md./Arundel) and junior Heather Brown (Pasadena, Md./North East) each threw a complete game and senior Ashley Carver (Swoyersville, Pa./Wyoming Valley West) hit her first career homerun as the UMBC softball team swept LaSalle in a doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at the UMBC Softball Stadium. The Retrievers rallied for a 3-2 victory in game one and then held off a late Explorer charge to take game two as well, 5-3.
In game one, Martinez gave up only two runs while scattering five hits and going to distance to pick up her first win of the season and the first of her career.
Alicia Aughton took the loss for the Explorers after giving all three runs on five hits in six innings of work.
Both pitchers were in control early combining to give up only one base hit in the first four innings.
In the top of the fifth, LaSalle took the lead on an RBI single by Tristan Musho. UMBC fought right back in the bottom half of the inning starting with a two-out single by Martinez. The Retrievers then took the lead on a two-run homerun to centerfield by Carver.
UMBC added a run in the next inning as freshman Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va./Cosby) led off the inning with a double to deep center and then came in to score an unearned run on a ball hit by freshman Courtney Reinfeld(Parkland, Fla./Stoneman Douglas). LaSalle rallied in the seventh, but only managed one run to provide the 3-2 final.
In game two, Brown picked up where Martinez left off, allowing just three runs on six hits to pick up her seventh win of the year.
The visitors took the lead with a single run in the top of the third, but could not hold off the Retrievers.
In the bottom of the fifth, UMBC capitalized on three Explorer errors to score five runs, a lead that would not be overturned. Sophomore Jessica Warner (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) tied the game with an RBI single up the middle, and then scored the winning run on a double steal with senior Katie Ferguson (North East, Md./North East/Cecil CC).
LaSalle did not go quietly, however, scoring solo runs in the top of the sixth and seventh, but could not come all the way back and against Brown.
UMBC now heads back on the road to take on America East rival Maine this weekend.