Baltimore,Md.—Senior Shortstop Bridget O'Malley (Baltimore,Md./Seton Keough) went 3-for-3 as UMBC Softball routed Coppin State, 11-2, on Sunday afternoon at UMBC Softball Stadium.
UMBC (10-13) would waste no time getting ahead, as sophomore center fielder Tori Alexander (Woodbridge,Va./Woodbridge Senior) led-off with a walk and would move to second on a single to left by freshman left fielder Morgan Peyou (Mercer Island,Wash./Mercer Island). O'Malley would plate Alexander with an RBI single, and Peyou would score on a wild pitch to put the Retrievers up 2-0. With two outs in the first, junior second baseman Jaclyn Buckley (Voorhees,N.J./Eastern Camden Regional) would hit a pop up into shallow right field. The Coppin State second baseman lost it in the clouds and it fell for a two RBI single to give UMBC a 4-0 lead.Buckley then stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch before junior right fielder Kelly Lane (Albany,N.Y./Colonie Central) would drive her in to extend the lead to 5-0.
The Eagles (0-10) would get an unearned run in the top half of the second, but UMBC would counter with three of their own in the bootom of the inning. Kaelin Jackson hit a bases loaded single to plate Alexander, but the Coppin State left fielder overran the ball and it rolled under her glove and all the way to the wall, allowing two more runs to score.
The Retrievers would plate three more in the third when Alexander had an RBI fielder's choice and scored on an RBI single from O'Malley, which the centerfielder then overran allowing Peyou to score as well. Coppin State would add a run in the fifth on a wild pitch, but sophomore pitcher Kim Puccio (Sparta,N.J./Sparta) got a groundout to end it via run-rule.
Puccio (4-2) pitched all five innings, allowing four hits and two runs (one earned) while striking out two and walking three. O'Malley finished 3-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored, while also turning a double play. Peyou went 2-for-2 with three runs scored, and Alexander finished 1-for-2 with an RBI, walk and three runs scored.
The rain picked up substantially in the last inning, therefore the final game of the UMBC Dawg Pound Invitational between UMBC and Mount St. Mary's was canceled.
The Retrievers hit the road tomorrow for a spring break trip to Virginia Beach, where they will play a double header on Tuesday at Norfolk State and a single game Wednesday at Hampton.