Stellar Defense, Clutch Pitching and Hitting Lead Softball to Sunday Sweep

Stellar Defense, Clutch Pitching and Hitting Lead Softball to Sunday Sweep
Princess Anne, Md.— Junior pitchers Jessica Holte (Ashland, Va./Atlee) and Kelly Lane (Albany, N.Y./Colonie Central) each pitched a shutout, while sophomore first baseman Carly Lesko (New Milford, N.J./New Milford), drove in five runs, including a two-run homer, as the UMBC Softball team swept their matchups with Lafayette and UMES. The Retrievers scored victories of 11-0 over Lafayette and 4-0 versus UMES, respectively, on Sunday at the UMBC Kickoff Tournament at UMES. Senior shortstop Bridget O'Malley (Baltimore, Md./Seton Keough) added two more hits and three RBI and finished the weekend 8-for-11 with a double, four RBI and two runs scored.
Game 1
UMBC (4-9) took an early 1-0 lead when sophomore centerfielder Tori Alexander led off the bottom of the first with a triple and scored on an O'Malley single. Lafayette (4-5) would threaten in the second, putting the first two batters on base, but Holte got the next three out to avoid any damage. The Retrievers would take a 2-0 lead in the bottom half of the frame when senior Danielle O'Neill plated Chelsie Delperuto (Syracuse, N.Y./Solvay) on a squeeze bunt. The following inning, UMBC broke it open when O'Malley's RBI double scored Morgan Peyou (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) and Lesko followed with her two-run homer to give UMBC a 5-0 lead. After Holte made quick work of the Leopards in the top of the fourth, the Retrievers exploded for six runs in the bottom half on a pair of two-run singles from Lesko and Kaelin Jackson (Export, Pa./Franklin Regional). Alexander and O'Neill drove in a run each in the inning, as well. Holte (1-3) pitched a scoreless fifth to end the game via the run-rule, finishing with four strikeouts and no walks, and allowing only three hits.  
Game 2
UMES (4-4) and UMBC started off scoreless when it was the Retriever defense that kick-started the offense. With a runner on first and two down in the top of the third, UMES second baseman Tesharra Hill lined a shot into the gap in left-center. Peyou dove to cut off the bouncing ball in left before it could get to the fence and, from her stomach, made a backhand toss a few feet to her right to Alexander. She threw it to Lesko in between second and the pitching rubber, who then fired to catcher Jordan Sganga (Edgewater, Md./South River). The catcher was able to hold on after a collision at the plate. Sganga would turn around and double to lead off the bottom half of the inning and her pinch runner, Nicole Shavlik (Woodinville, Wash./Woodinville) gave UMBC a 1-0 lead on an O'Malley sac fly. Lesko would follow with a sac fly of her own to double the advantage, and UMBC would eventually add two more in the sixth on a Lane RBI double and Sganga sac fly.Lane (2-2) went all seven innings, allowing five hits, with three strikeouts and two walks. 
The Retrievers return to action on Tuesday when they travel across the beltway to face cross-town rival Towson in a single game at 2 p.m.