Softball Drops Two on Day Three of Jimmy John’s Lion Classic II

Chance batted .571 on the Retrievers final day of the Jimmy John's Lion Classic II
Chance batted .571 on the Retrievers final day of the Jimmy John's Lion Classic II

HAMMOND, La. – UMBC softball shortstop Caitlin Chance (Easton, Md./Easton) batted .571 on day three of the Jimmy John's Lion Classic II, but South Dakota and South Dakota State's hitting proved to be too much for the Retrievers pitching, as UMBC fell twice on Saturday afternoon at North Oak Park. The Coyotes earned the 9-4 victory in game one, while the Jackrabbits picked up the 13-2 win in five innings.

In game one, the Retrievers scored two runs in each of the first two innings, but UMBC helped out South Dakota's offense by committing seven errors in the contest, helping the Coyotes to score in all but one inning in the game.

Chance opened the day with a solo shot over the left field fence to give UMBC (0-5) the quick 1-0 lead. The Retrievers were able to take advantage of one of South Dakota's two errors in the first inning, as a double to left field from senior Ashley Scroggin (Stafford, Va./Stafford North) scored sophomore Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va./Cosby) – who reached and advanced to second on a fielding error by the left fielder.

As part of a 3-for-4 game one, Chance drove home Kayla Martinez (Odenton,Md./Arundel), who reached on a fielder's choice, on a double into right center in the top of the second. After knocking starting pitcher Missy Blackburn out of the contest, freshman Danielle O'Neill (Loathian, Md./Southern) punched a sacrifice fly to right field to drive in freshman Bridget O'Malley (Brooklyn, Md./Seton Kenough) from third.

The UMBC pitching staff held South Dakota to four earned runs in the contest, three of which were scored against starting pitcher Chelsea Bertoglio (Laguna Hills, Calif./Laguna Hills/Saddleback). Bertoglio (0-1) tossed five innings, with sophomore Miranda Clark (Tampa, Fla./H.B. Plant) and senior Heather Brown (Pasadena, Md./Northeast).

Game two was all South Dakota State, with the Jackrabbits scoring 13 runs on 12 hits. The Retrievers used three pitchers in the contest. Brown starter her first game of the season, tossing 2.1 innings, allowing four earned runs. Freshman Rachel Ionata (Tampa, Fla./Palm Harbor University) tossed the following 1.2 and surrendered seven runs and Martinez finished out the contest.

Hall accounted for both of the Retrievers' runs batted in against the Jackrabbits, driving in Bertoglio home on a grounder to short in the bottom of the third and hitting a single to right to score sophomore Mary Hartman (Eldersburg, Md./Century) in the bottom of the fifth.

UMBC hosts Mount St. Mary's in its home-opener on Tuesday, Feb. 19. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. at the UMBC Softball Stadium.