STONY BROOK, N.Y. – UMBC softball's senior Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va./Cosby) moved up to eighth all-time at UMBC in career hits, going 1-for-2 in her final collegiate game on Saturday afternoon at University Field. The Retrievers fell 10-2 in six innings in the season finale against Stony Brook.
UMBC ends its season with a 22-27 record overall and an 8-9 mark in America East action. Stony Brook improves to 28-15 on the year and 14-2 in league play. The Seawolves will host the America East Championships next week after capturing the America East regular-season title.
The Retrievers put a pair of runners on base in the top of the first inning, but were unable to cash in on a lead-off double from freshman Tori Alexander (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge Senior), as the rookie was thrown out at the plate to end the inning. Alexander finished the day with two of the Retrievers' five hits.
UMBC starting pitcher Miranda Clark (Tampa, Fla./H.B. Plant) hit the first batter of the contest and followed with a walk to put a pair of runners on base. The senior picked up her first strikeout to pick up an out, but senior Shayla Giosia drilled her 12th home run of the season to put SBU out in front, 3-0.
Clark (2-5) ended her day in the second after walking a pair of batters, allowing five runs on one hit and walking three during her outing. A bunt single loaded the bases against UMBC reliever Jessica Holte (Ashland, Va./Atlee) and a ground out to third added to the Seawolves advantage, 4-0. The third walk of the inning loaded the bases again for Stony Brook and Giosia took advantage by adding two more RBI to her total with a single to left to extend SBU's cushion to six runs.
The Retrievers got on the board in the top of the third inning, as Hall moved into a tie for eighth on UMBC's all-time hit list (213) to drive in Alexander from second for her 151st RBI, third all-time at UMBC.
Stony Brook got the run back in the bottom of the third inning on a solo homer from sophomore Lexi Shue and added to it with an RBI-single to center from Giosia in the bottom of the fourth, her sixth RBI of the game.
UMBC senior Katlin Olesky (Irvine, Calif./Saddleback College) led-off with a double down the left field line in the top of the fifth inning. A single to short from Alexander put runners on first and third for the Retrievers with one out. Sophomore Kinsey Shifflett (Smithsburg, Md./Smithsburg) drove in the Retrievers' second run of the ball game on a blooper to center to make it an 8-2 ballgame.
Stony Brook finished the contest in the bottom of the sixth inning after loading the bases on a Retrievers' error and back-to-back singles. Giosia bumped up her RBI game total to eight with a two-run single to left field.
SBU's Allison Cukrov (12-4) picked up the victory, allowing one earned run on five hits. Holte tossed 4.1 innings of work, surrendering four earned runs on nine hits.
-The Retrievers were eliminated from the America East Championships when they dropped Friday's doubleheader to Stony Brook. SBU, Albany, Maine and Binghamton each clinched spots in the tournament on Friday.
-Senior Taylor Hall finished her career as the program's all-time leader in extra-base hits (81), while also ranking tied for eighth in career hits (213), second in batting average (.380), third in doubles (46), third in home runs (35), third in RBI (151), second in walks (98), third in on-base percentage (.467) and fourth in slugging percentage (.649).
-Sophomore Jessica Holte finishes the year tied for seventh on the Retrievers' all-time wins list (32). Her 353 innings of work rank ninth all-time at UMBC. She also ranks ninth in career starts (51), 10th in appearances (62), eighth in strikeouts (213) and fifth in complete games (44).
-Juniors Danielle O'Neill and Bridget O'Malley finish the year ranked fourth (85) and sixth (81), respectively, in career walks.