LOWELL, Mass. – UMBC softball completed a series sweep of UMass Lowell, defeating the River Hawks, 10-2, in five innings in the weekend finale on Saturday at River View Field, to remain undefeated in America East action.
UMBC improves to 6-0 in league play and 16-12 overall, while UML falls to 10-17 overall and 0-3 in conference play.
The Retrievers had three players finish with two hits on the day en route to recording 11 hits on the day. Sophomore Kaelin Jackson (Export, Pa./Franklin Regional) recorded a pair of doubles for two runs batted in, while junior Bridget O'Malley (Baltimore, Md./Seton Keough) tallied two RBI.
UMass Lowell jumped out to its first lead of the weekend in the top of the first inning. Back-to-back bunts to open the bottom of the first put Ally Greene in scoring position. Vanessa Cooper picked up the RBI on a single to center field to put the River Hawks on top, 1-0.
UMBC knotted up the contest in the next half inning. Sophomore Kelly Lane (Albany, N.Y./Colonie Central) led off the frame with a double. Lane advanced on a fly out to right and scored on a wild pitch from starting pitcher Courtney Lanfranchi.
UMBC freshman Tori Alexander (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge Senior) singled in the third and advanced to scoring position on a stolen base. An UML error helped Alexander to score and put a runner on second for Jackson to register her first RBI of the day on a double to left-center field to give the Retrievers a 3-1 advantage.
The Retrievers coupled six hits with an error to plate six runs in the fourth. Junior Danielle O'Neill (Lothian, Md./Southern) picked up an RBI on a single and both Jackson and O'Malley drove in runs on doubles in the frame.
The River Hawks brought in relief pitcher Erica Armenti in to pitch the fourth. After a scoreless frame, UMBC added in an insurance run in the fifth after Alexander singled and Armenti walked three straight batters. UML was able to get one run in the bottom of the fifth following a lead-off single, a walk and two ground outs.
Sophomore pitcher Jessica Holte (Ashland, Va./Atlee) allowed two earned runs on five hits in five innings to improve to 9-5 on the season. Lanfranchi allowed five earned runs on 10 hits in 3.2 innings of work to fall to 3-1. Armenti surrendered one run on one hit and walked four batters.
UP NEXT FOR THE RETRIEVERS: UMBC continues America East action with a three-game series at Albany on Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12.