Posted: Apr 02, 2016
Baltimore, Md.-- The weekend softball series with Binghamton was moved to UMBC from New York due to weather concerns but being at home did not help the Retrievers on Saturday. UMBC dropped both ends of a doubleheader as the Bearcats scored victories of 6-0 and 10-2.
Binghamton is still the home team in this series, which concludes with a game on Sunday at noon as UMBC (16-19, 1-4) tries to prevent a sweep.
Binghamton, the top team in the America East (18-9, 5-0), shut down the UMBC offense throughout the twin bill. The Bearcats scored a shutout in the first game before the Retrievers scored a run in the top of the first inning of game two. But Binghamton answered with six runs in the bottom of the inning to take command.
In game one, UMBC managed just four singles and had only one really good scoring chance. The Retrievers put runners at second and third with two outs before first baseman Carly Lesko (New Milford, N.J./New Milford) grounded into a fielder's choice.
Pitcher Jessica Holte (Ashland, Va./Atlee) went the distance in the loss, giving up all six runs and falling to 8-7 on the season. Sarah Miller (9-5) got the win for Binghamton thanks to 5 1/3 shutout innings.
The six-run first broke the game open in the nightcap. Designated player Griffin McIver's three-run homer was the big hit in that inning.
UMBC got its run in the first when left fielder Morgan Peyou (Mercer Island, Wash/Mercer Island) scored on a passed ball. Catcher Jordan Sganga (Edgewater, Md./South River) drove in the other with a fifth-inning sacrifice fly.
But the Bearcats scored three in the bottom of the inning to end the game. Cara Martin (5-2) went the distance for the victory while Kelly Lane (Albany, N.Y./Colonie Central) took the loss, giving up six runs in just one-third of an inning in the first to fall to 3-5.