Baltimore, Md. – The UMBC softball team (2-13) split their doubleheader against Morgan State Saturday afternoon at Lois T. Murray Field. UMBC won the first game, 7-4, before dropping the second game, 6-1, as part of the MSU Invitational.
UMBC jumped out to an early lead in the first game, getting on the board off a Valerie Hammett (Mechanicsville, Md. Chopticon) RBI groundout to make it 1-0. The Retrievers would make it 4-0, adding three more runs in the second inning. Carly Lesko (New Milford, N.J./New Milford) would score off a wild pitch, followed by Tori Alexander (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge Senior) scoring on a throwing error from the catcher two batters later. Julia Keffler (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) would finish it off by singling in Maddie Daigneau (New River, Ariz./Boulder Creek).
The Lady Bears (6-10) would fight back to tie the game, beginning with getting a run back in the second inning to make the score 4-1. They'd score two more in the third to bring the game within one, before tying it in the sixth inning with a RBI double. UMBC would take the lead back, as Imani Dawson (Hanover, Md./Seton Keough) walked in a run. Hammett grounded out to right field the very next at bat, but was able to knock in two runs to make the score 7-4 which is where the game would end.
Keffler and Daigneau lead the Retrievers at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a run and RBI and 2-for-3 with three runs and a walk, respectively. Hammett had three RBI and Kim Puccio (Sparta, N.J./Sparta) picked up her second win of the season.
The second game would start off slow, with neither team getting on the board for the first two innings. Morgan State would turn the dial up in the bottom of the third though, knocking in four unearned runs. Two runs were scored off a wild pitch and passed ball, before a home run brought the following two runs in. UMBC would get back on the board in the fifth, with Toni Satonastasso (Canonsburg, Pa./Pope John XXIII Regional) scoring off of a Morgan State fielding error.
The Lady Bears would answer back with a RBI triple in the bottom of the fifth, with the run being unearned again. Morgan State would finish off the day by scoring another run in their half of the sixth, their only earned run of the day, and would win the ball game by the score of 6-1.
Lesko lead the offense in game two by going 2-for-3.
UMBC will be back in action on Wednesday, March 14 as they travel to Washington, D.C. to play George Washington in a doubleheader. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 2:00 pm with game two slated to start at 4:00 pm.