Baltimore, Md. – Kim Puccio (Sparta, N.J./Sparta) threw a complete game and Tori Alexander (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge Senior) had four hits through the afternoon, as the UMBC softball team (8-24, 3-5) split the doubleheader with Stony Brook on Wednesday afternoon at the UMBC Softball Stadium.
The third game of the series will be played up at Stony Brook (13-14, 2-3) on Wednesday, April 25.
UMBC got on the board early, throwing up a three spot in the second inning. With the bases loaded, Erin Trnka (Goffstown, N.H./Goffstown) got the scoring started with a RBI fielder's choice, scoring Carly Lesko (New Milford, N.J./New Milford). Julia Keffler (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) would follow Trnka by clearing the bases with a two run double to left center.
Stony Brook would respond in the top of the fourth, off a two run homer to bring the score to 3-2. UMBC; however, would score six unanswered runs, with a run in the fourth, three in the fifth, and two in the sixth inning to go up 9-2. The Seawolves wouldn't go down quietly, as they scored five runs in the top of the seventh off a grand slam and RBI double. UMBC would get out of it with a strikeout, winning the first game 9-7.
Puccio picked up her seventh win of the season, striking out three in a complete game effort. Alexander lead the offense, going 3-for-3 with three runs scored, as three different Retrievers knocked in multiple runs.
UMBC got out to an early lead in game two, scoring in the first on an Alexander RBI groundout to make the score 1-0. Stony Brook would score 10 unanswered runs though over the next three innings, before UMBC would score again in the fourth inning. After Alexander made her way to first on a bunt single, she would take second on a throwing error by the pitcher and then third by a fielding error on the right fielder. Lesko would then score her in on a sacrifice fly to make the score 10-2.
Stony Brook would score two more runs in the top of the fifth to go up 10. The game would end via run rule after the fifth inning in favor of the Seawolves, 12-2.
Maddie Daigneau (New River, Ariz./Boulder Creek) lead the offense, going 2-for-2 with a run scored.
The Retrievers are back in action this weekend, as they travel to Maine to play a three game series. They will play a doubleheader on Saturday, April 14, with game one scheduled to start at noon and game two at 2:30 PM. They will then play a single game Sunday, April 15 at 11:00 AM.