BALTIMORE – UMBC softball's senior Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va./Cosby) registered her third home run of the season, but the Retrievers were unable to overcome a five-run deficit, falling to George Washington, 6-3, in non-conference action on Tuesday afternoon at the UMBC Softball Stadium.
The Retrievers snap a six-game win streak with the loss and fall to 13-12 on the season, while GW improves to 15-13.
GW starting pitcher Paige Kovalsky struggled with control early, walking three of the first four batters she faced to load the bases, but the Colonials were able to escape undamaged by recording back-to-back outs.
The Colonials returned the favor, loading the bases in the top of the second inning on a double, walk and hit batter, but UMBC starter Miranda Clark (Tampa, Fla./H.B. Plant) was able to get Alana Anderson to fly out to right to end the frame.
George Washington got on the board first in the top of the third inning on an RBI-single to left field from Victoria Valos to score Megan Linn from second.
The Retrievers helped the Colonials to load the bases in the fourth inning, surrendering a single and then following with a walk and a fielding error. Clark walked in a run to force a pitching change, but sophomore Jessica Holte (Ashland, Va./Atlee) came in and walked in a second run before striking out Carlee Gray to end the inning.
George Washington used a single, double and another single to add two runs in the top of the fifth inning, with Samantha Dos Santos and Monica Macchiarulo each driving in runs in the frame.
A two-out double from UMBC junior Danielle O'Neill (Lothian, Md./Southern) put a runner on board for senior Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va./Cosby) in the bottom of the fifth inning. Hall moved up to a tie for fifth with Dana Shepherd on UMBC's all-time RBI list (132) with her third home run of the season to put the Retrievers on the board, 5-2. UMBC continued to produce in the frame, loading the bases with two outs in the inning and adding another run on a ball up the middle from freshman Carly Lesko (New Milford, N.J./New Milford).
GW had a response in the top of the sixth with a lead-off home run from Valos to extend the advantage to 6-3.
Kovalsky earned the complete game victory, allowing three earned runs on seven hits to improve to 4-0 on the year. Clark falls to 2-1 on the season after surrendering one earned run on five hits. Holte three 3.1 innings of relief, allowing three runs on six hits.
-Senior Taylor Hall extended her streak by reaching base safely in 19 consecutive games.
-Freshman Tori Alexander ended her 12 game hit streak.
UP NEXT FOR THE RETRIEVERS: UMBC hits the road for a three-game series against UMass Lowell over the weekend. The Retrievers open the trip with a doubleheader on Friday, April 3 and conclude the series with a single game on Saturday, April 4.