Offense Erupts For 26 Runs and Four Homers as Softball Sweeps Rider

Photo: Erin Trnka
Photo: Erin Trnka

Baltimore, Md – The UMBC Softball team's offense erupted for 26 runs and four different Retrievers homered as the team swept Rider (15-0 (5), 11-7) on Sunday afternoon to conclude the UMBC Retriever Classic.

Freshman Maddie Daigneau (New River, Ariz./Boulder Creek) and junior Tori Alexander (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge Senior) went 6-for-7 and 4-for-8, respectively, and both added a home run .

Daigneau was on fire this past week, as she is hitting .833 (15-for18), with six RBIs, two doubles, three triples, to go along with a home run, to go along with four swiped base.s Kim Puccio (Sparta, N.J./Sparta) had a great weekend showing, as she appeared in three games and started one of those. She compiled a 0.70 ERA and a 2-0 record, as well as striking out eight battes.

Game 1

The Retrievers (9-15) stormed out the gates in the first game, picking up two quick runs in the bottom of the first off a Kaelin Jackson (Export, Pa/Franklin Regional) two-run home run. The Retrievers added three more runs in the second inning, thanks to a Daigneau two-run triple and an error by the second baseman that allowed Daigneau to score with the next batter.

A Jaclyn Buckley (Voorhees, N.J./Eastern Camden Regional) bases loaded single the next inning would add another run to put the Retrievers up 6-0 going into the fourth inning.

Fireworks would fly in the bottom half of the fourth, as UMBC put up a nine spot on the scoreboard, capped off by an Alexander grand slam to put them up 15-0. The game would end after five innings due to the run rule.

Senior pitcher Jessica Holte (Ashland, Va/Atlee) mowed down the Rider (0-11) lineup to complete the game one victory. She would go the distance, only giving up three hits with no walks and five strikeouts. Holte would not allow a runner to get past second base all game.

Game 2

UMBC kept the trend of getting out to an early lead on the day going, as they got out to an 8-0 lead after the first inning. The Retrievers would bat around the lineup, with the inning capped off by a Daigneau two-run home run, the first of her career.

The Broncs would get a run back in the top half of the second, UMBC would respond with a run in the bottom half thanks to a Kennedy Lamb (Mexico, N.Y./Mexico Academy and Central School) RBI double to go back up 9-1.

Rider would start a comeback though, as they put together a five run rally in the top of the fourth to make it a three run game at 9-6.

Puccio would make an appearance however with two outs in the fourth and finished up the rest of the inning. UMBC would get two runs back in the bottom of the fifth off a Buckley home run and Alexander RBI single, to make it 11-6.

Rider would try to make things interesting in the seventh, tacking on another run to make it 11-7, but Puccio ended the threat to seal the win for the Retrievers and sweep the doubleheader.

UMBC gets a five-day layoff, until next Friday, March 17th, where it will be hosting the Dawg Pound Invitational. They will play Howard and Lafayette in the first day of the tournament, with first pitch scheduled for noon against Howard, and 2:30 pm against Lafayette.