Charleston, S.C. – Sophomore third baseman Kaelin Jackson (Export, Pa/Franklin Regional) homered for the second consecutive day, but that was all the UMBC Softball team could muster offensively as they fell twice on the final day of the Charleston Southern Tournament on Saturday.
In game one, the Retrievers (0-4) kept pace with Big Ten foe Ohio State early on as a pair of unearned runs contributed to a 3-0 Buckeye lead heading into the UMBC half of the sixth. Jackson would hit her second homer in as many days, a two-run blast to center with one out that cut the deficit to 3-2.
Ohio State (2-0) then would tack on three insurance runs off of sophomore Jessica Holte (Ashland, Va./Atlee), in the top of the seventh to lock up a 6-2 victory.
Senior catcher Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va./ Cosby) had one of the Retrievers' four hits and also walked. She also threw out two more would-be base stealers to improve to 3-for-3 catching runners so far this season.
Game two against Charleston Southern was almost an exact replica of the game the two teams played the day. The Buccaneers won that game, 8-0, and beat the Retrievers by the same score again on Saturday in a five-inning contest.
Just like in the previous meeting, the Buccaneers (2-0) jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two innings and would get a walk-off hit in the fifth to end the game via the run rule.
Sophomore Nicole Casagrand (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) took the loss on Saturday, allowing six earned runs in 1 1/3 innings. Freshman Kim Puccio (Sparta, N.J./Sparta) then pitched 2 2/3 innings of relief for UMBC, allowing two runs on six hits.
The Retrievers could only manage four hits off CSU starter Jennifer Giles in the five innings. Junior Bridget O'Malley (Baltimore, Md/Seton Keough) doubled while classmate Danielle O'Neill (Lothian, Md./Southern), sophomore Jaclyn Buckley (Vorhees, N.J./ Eastern Camden Regional) and freshman Tori Alexander (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge Senior) each singled.
UMBC returns to action next Friday when it travels back down south to North Carolina for five games over three days in the UNC Wilmington Tournament.