Baltimore, Md. – Freshman Imani Dawson (Hanover, Md./Seton Keough) hit a homerun in each of UMBC's (2-15) games on Friday afternoon, as the softball team dropped games to La Salle and Sacred Heart. Dawson's solo shot in the second inning against La Salle opened the scoring for UMBC, while her two-run shot against Sacred Heart brought the score even at three in the third inning.
Along with Dawson, senior Carly Lesko (New Milford, N.J/New Milford) also hit a three-run homerun in the second game to even the score at 6-6.
The Retrievers fell behind early, allowing five runs for La Salle (4-12) in the opening two frames. Dawson responded with her homerun to straightaway center field to get the Retrievers on the board.
The Explorers tacked on two more in the top half of the fifth inning, including an RBI double.
UMBC put together a rally in the bottom of the seventh inning, when redshirt senior Erin Trnka (Goffstown, N.H./Goffstown) walked with one out, and sophomore Maddie Daigneau (New River, Ariz./Boulder Creek) singled through the left side of the infield. Senior Tori Alexander (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge Senior) singled in Trnka, and Daigneau scored on a passed ball one batter later to bring UMBC within four, but they were not able to keep the rally alive.
Freshman Brianna Baker (Waldorf, Md./North Point) provided 5.2 strong innings in relief of sophomore Valerie Hammett (Mechanicsville, Md./Chopticon), allowing no earned runs (2 unearned), on just three hits, while walking one and striking out three.
The Pioneers (11-8) jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top half of the first inning. Hammett would settle down and retire six of seven batters in the second and third innings.
Daigneau would lead off the bottom of the third with a triple down the left field line, and be brought in to score two batters later by Alexander. Dawson then unloaded her second homerun of the day to knot the game at 3-3.
Sacred Heart responded with three runs of their own in the fourth and fifth innings, including a solo homerun in the fifth inning.
The Retrievers led off their half of the fifth with a Dawson hit by pitch, and a Hammett single to left field, which led to Lesko's homerun to even the score once again. The Pioneers would respond again with three more runs in the top of the sixth.
The Retrievers threatened in the last half of the seventh, loading the bases with two hit by pitches and a single by Hammett, but they were unable to drive any runners in, falling to Sacred Heart.
UMBC will return to action tomorrow afternoon, for their second meeting with La Salle, slated to begin at 3:45 p.m.