BALTIMORE – UMBC softball completed the series sweep of Hartford with a 10-1 five-inning victory against the Hawks on Monday afternoon at the UMBC Softball Stadium.
Sophomore pitcher Jessica Holte (Ashland, Va./Atlee) picked up her sixth straight victory, while sophomore Kelly Lane (Albany, N.Y/Colonie Central) launched her first homer of the season en route to finishing the day with a game-high four RBI.
The Retrievers win their sixth straight and their 13th in the last 16 games to improve to 13-11 on the season and 3-0 in conference play, while Hartford drops to 1-20 overall and 0-3 in league action.
After a one, two, three inning in the top of the first, the Retrievers loaded the bases in the bottom half of the frame with a single and a pair of walks. Lane drove in a run on a grounder to short to put UMBC out in front, 1-0.
The Retrievers added a pair of runs in the bottom of the third inning, this time on a pinch-hit single to right field from senior Courtney Reinfeld (Parkland, Fla./Stoneman Douglas) with the bases loaded, to extend UMBC's advantage to 3-0.
UMBC loaded the bases again in the bottom of the fourth inning to set the stage for sophomore Kaelin Jackson (Export, Pa./Franklin Regional). The second-year third baseman drilled a double through the left side of the infield to score a pair of runs and give the Retrievers a 5-0 lead with no outs and two runners left on base.
Harford brought in pitcher Bianca Ross, but Lane brought her RBI total up to four on the day on her first home run of the season on a shot over the left field fence. UMBC loaded the bases again in the inning for freshman Tori Alexander (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge Senior), who sent a single up the middle to add two more runs to the Retrievers' advantage.
A triple from Elizabeth Newkirk down the right field line and a Retriever throwing error helped the Hawks put a run on the board in the top of the fifth inning, but the deficit proved to be too much for Hartford.
Holte improved to 7-5 on the season after allowing one run on seven hits. Hartford's Elizabeth Batsinelas threw three innings and allowed six earned runs on seven hits in the loss. Ross allowed three runs on four hits in one inning of play.
-Senior Hall also extended her streak by reaching base safely in 18 consecutive games.
-Freshman Tori Alexander extended her hit streak to 12 games.
UP NEXT FOR THE RETRIEVERS: UMBC plays host to George Washington on Tuesday, March 31 at 2 p.m. at the UMBC Softball Stadium.