Softball Strands Too Many Runners on Base on Final Day of UNC Wilmington Invitational

Softball Strands Too Many Runners on Base on Final Day of UNC Wilmington Invitational

WILMINGTON, N.C. – UMBC softball's senior Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va./Cosby) went three-for-five from the dish with two runs batted in and two walks in day two of the UNC Wilmington Landfall Park Hampton Inn & Suites Invitational, but the Retrievers were unable to get the timely hits on Saturday afternoon as UMBC left 18 runners on base in a pair of losses at Boseman Field. The Retrievers missed their chance to avenge yesterday's loss against Saint Joseph's, falling in game one, 8-4, followed by a 4-2 defeat versus the host Seahawks in game two.

Freshman Tori Alexander (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge Senior) also registered two hits, scored two runs, stole two bases and drove in one run on the day.

GAME 1: The Retrievers were able to record 10 hits in game one, but UMBC left 11 runners on base.

Saint Joseph's jumped out in front early, starting the game with a triple to left center from sophomore Madeline Brunck. A one-out double from senior Nicole Palase to left gave the Hawks a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Senior Ashley Alden continued to add to the damage with a double of her own down the left field line and junior Sarah Yoos followed with a sacrifice fly to put the Retrievers' down 2-0.

UMBC got one run back in the bottom of the frame, with Hall driving in freshman Emily Neal (Bear, Del./Caravel Academy), who reached on a fielder's choice, on a double to center field for her first of two hits in the contest.

Alden led off the fourth with her second double of the morning and Yoos reached after getting hit by a pitch to set up runners on first and second for the Hawks. A single from junior Brandi Harkness scored the first of four runs in the frame for SJU. A walk loaded the bases for SJU and back-to-back singles gave Saint Joseph's a 6-1 advantage.

Once again, the Retrievers were able to respond with three runners crossing the plate in the bottom of the fourth. Sophomore Kelly Lane (Albany, N.Y./Colonie Central) led off the frame with a walk and senior Katlin Olesky (Irvine, Calif./Saddleback College) and Alexander each followed with singles. Junior Danielle O'Neill (Lothian, Md./Southern) grounded out to the pitcher to drive in one run, and Neal followed with a two-run single to left field to bring the Retrievers back within two, 6-4.

SJU sophomore pitcher Niki Carillo was able to contain the Retrievers' offense out of the bullpen, while the Hawks added insurance runs in the top of the fifth and sixth innings en route to the 8-4 victory. Junior Anna Lauterbach allowed four runs in 3.1 innings of work, while Carillo (1-0) came in for 3.2 scoreless innings to pick up the victory.

UMBC sophomore Nicole Casagrand (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) falls to 0-2 on the season after surrendering six earned runs on seven hits. Senior Miranda Clark (Tampa, Fla./H.B. Plant) tossed 3.2 innings of work in relief.

GAME 2: The Retrievers were able to get out in front in game two, as Hall registered her second RBI-double of the day, this one down the left field line to score Alexander from third in the top of the first inning.

UNC Wilmington strung together four hits to lead off the bottom of the second inning and score a pair of runs against UMBC starter Jessica Holte (Ashland, Va./Atlee).

UMBC knotted the contest at two apiece in the top of the fifth inning. Junior Jordan Sganga (Edgewater, Md./South River) led off the frame with a double to left field. After a sacrifice bunt moved over pinch runner Neal, Alexander singled up the middle for the first RBI of her collegiate career. The Retrievers were not able to keep UNC Wilmington down for long, as a lead-off single and sacrifice bunt set up an RBI-double from senior Kristen Jernigan and an RBI-single from freshman Sarah Davis, to put the Seahawks back on top, 4-2, after five innings.  

UMBC only had one batter reach base in the final two innings, as Davis improved to 2-0 in the circle on the season with the complete game victory. Davis fanned eight batters on the afternoon and surrendered seven hits. Holte drops to 0-4 on the season.

RETRIEVERS' WEEKEND RESULTS:

Friday, Feb. 13
UMBC vs. Georgetown: L, 0-3
UMBC vs. Saint Joseph's: L, 2-13 (6)

Saturday, Feb. 14
UMBC vs. Saint Joseph's: L, 4-8
UMBC at UNC Wilmington: L, 2-4

UP NEXT: UMBC softball returns to action at the Elon Tournament on Feb. 20-21. The Retrievers are slated for a four-game trip with matchups against Youngstown State (DH), La Salle and the host Phoenix.

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