BALTIMORE – The UMBC softball team concluded the UMBC Spring Classic with a perfect 4-0 record, after concluding a halted game with an 8-6 victory against Rhode Island and following with a 5-2 win versus the Rams. The Retrievers defeated Lafayette, 8-4, in the finale at UMBC Softball Stadium on Monday to improve to 6-9 on the season.
UMBC's offense tallied 21 hits and scored 13 runs in the two full games. Freshman Tori Alexander (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge Senior) registered five hits in seven at bats in the lead-off position, while sophomore Kaelin Jackson (Export, Pa./Franklin Regional) posted her second home run of the tournament and finished the day with three runs batted in. In the circle, sophomores Kelly Lane (Albany, N.Y./Colonie Central) and Nicole Casagrand (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) each picked up their first wins of the season, allowing a combined five earned runs on the day.
GAME 1 (Conclusion of yesterday's game): The game picked up with the Retrievers holding a two-run lead, 8-6, in the top of the seventh inning, following a two-run home run from Jackson in the bottom of the sixth inning on Sunday. After recording the first out, UMBC pitcher Miranda Clark (Tampa, Fla./H.B. Plant) allowed a walk, but the senior retired the next two batters to improve to 2-0 on the season.
GAME 2: In her first action since Feb. 14, it took Casagrand an inning to get acclimated. Rhode Island was able to score two runs on four hits in the top of the first inning, but the Retrievers' offense had the sophomore's back, responding with four runs on four hits in the bottom half of the frame. Alexander led things off with a double and would come around to score on a single to left from senior Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va./Cosby). A walk and single loaded the bases for junior Jordan Sganga (Edgewater, Md./South River). The Retrievers would take advantage of a fielding and throwing error on Sganga's plate appearance by emptying the bases to jump out in front, 4-2.
Rhode Island (1-13) threatened with runners on first and second with two outs in the second, but Casagrand was able to get out of the frame. The sophomore allowed just one base runner in the next four innings, allowing the Retrievers to tack on an insurance run on a solo home run from freshman Carly Lesko (New Milford, N.J./New Milford) in the bottom of the fourth.
The Rams led-off the sixth with a pair of singles to right field, but Casagrand and the Retrievers were able to hold off URI for the victory. Casagrand (1-2) allowed two earned runs on eight hits in the win, while Kennedy (1-9) surrendered two earned runs on eight hits.
GAME 3: Lafayette struck first in the top of the third inning, stringing together a double and two singles to take a 1-0 lead. Lane was able to retire the next two batters, but a double to right center from Bryn Gornick extended the lead to 3-0.
UMBC's offense had an answer in the bottom half of the inning, starting the frame with three straight singles, including an RBI-single to right center from junior Bridget O'Malley (Baltimore, Md./Seton Keough). Jackson followed with her fourth home run of the season to put UMBC on top, 4-3.
The Retrievers helped the Leopards tie the game in the top of the fourth inning, as a single and fielding error brought Alex Jacinto, who reached on a walk, home from first.
Hall doubled in the fifth and came around to score following a sacrifice fly and ground out to break the tie. UMBC added three runs in the bottom of the sixth, with Alexander and O'Malley batting in runs in the frame.
Lane picked up the complete game victory after allowing three earned runs on seven hits. Gornick registered the loss, surrendering seven earned runs on 12 hits.
UMBC Spring Classic Schedule/Results
Sunday, March 15
Sacred Heart 7, La Salle 4
UMBC 5, Siena 2
UMBC 8, Rhode Island 6
Monday, March 16
11 a.m. Rhode Island 8, Lafayette 1
1 p.m. UMBC 5, Rhode Island 2
3 p.m. UMBC 8, Lafayette 4
UP NEXT FOR THE RETRIEVERS: UMBC continues home action on Tuesday, March 17 when it hosts Mount St. Mary's in a doubleheader at UMBC Softball Stadium.