Puccio's Shutout Earns Split and Guides Softball to First Win at Stony Brook Since 2011

Puccio's Shutout Earns Split and Guides Softball to First Win at Stony Brook Since 2011

Stony Brook, N.Y. – The UMBC Softball Team split a double header Saturday at Stony Brook, dropping the first game 3-0, and taking game two 4-0.  The Retrievers (15-20, 1-3 America East) were led to victory by a shutout performance by junior Kim Puccio (Sparta, N.J./Sparta) in game two.  Puccio allowed eight hits while striking out nine and walking none.

Game 1:

In the first game, senior Jessica Holte (Ashland, Va./Atlee) led the Retrievers in the circle.  The senior tossed a complete game, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and no walks, while striking out three.

The Seawolves (7-17, 3-1 AE) took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second, taking advantage of a fielding error by the Retrievers.  They would tack on one more in the bottom of the sixth on a homerun.

The Retrievers were led at the plate by juniors Carly Lesko (New Milford, N.J./New Milford) and Haley DeLany (Lederach, Pa./Souderton Area) who tallied two hits each, including a double for DeLany.

Game 2:

The Retrievers were able to breakthrough for their first run of the day in the fourth inning thanks to a heads up base running play by senior Kaelin Jackson (Export, Pa./Franklin Regional), stealing home after classmate Kelly Lane (Albany, N.Y./Colonie Central) stole second on the same play.

The Retrievers tacked on three insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth, when Lane drove in two runs off a single after the first two batters walked.  Sophomore Chelsie Delperuto (Syracuse, N.Y./Solvay) drove in the third run of the inning with an RBI groundout.

Puccio worked the entire game, shutting out the Seawolves, including working out of a bases loaded, one out jam in the bottom of the seventh, inducing a fly out and a strike out to finish the game.  She raised her record to 6-6 on the year and recorded her second complete game of the season.

The Retrievers will return to action tomorrow to finish their series off with Stony Brook with a game at 12:00 PM.