McCarthy Throws No-Hitter and Offense Explodes as Softball Sweeps Doubleheader at Eastern Shore

Photo: Ian Feldmann
Photo: Ian Feldmann

Princess Anne, Md.-- Gillian McCarthy (Northfield, N.J.) threw her first career no-hitter and picked up two wins as the UMBC Softball team swept host Maryland Eastern Shore, 13-0 (5) and 5-3, on Tuesday,

Game 1

UMBC (23-15, 4-4 AE) exploded for six runs on seven hits in the top of the first inning. Julia Keffler (Huntingtown, Md.) led off the game with a triple and scored when Maddie Daigneau New River, Ariz.) followed with a single. Daigneau stole second and scored on a Sierra Pierce (Youngstown, Ohio) one out single to make it 2-0 just four batters into the game.

Valerie Hammett (Mechanicsville, Md.) then singled to put runners on the corners, and then, after a flyout, Anna Lonchar (Bristow, Va.) singled home Pierce to push the lead to 3-0. Imani Dawson (Hanover, Md.) doubled home both Pierce and Lonchar to make it 5-0, and Noelani Herrera (Arnold, Md.) picked up her first career hit on an RBI single that made it 6-0.

After a scoreless second inning, the Retriever bats again came alive in the third, scoring seven runs on nine hits. Kaly Winslow (Leesburg, Va.) hit a one out and double and scored on a Lonchar double. Dawson then singled and stole second to put two in scoring position for Herrera, who scored Lonchar on a sacrifice fly to right to make it 8-0.

Keffler followed with an RBI single, stole second and scored when Daigneau reached on an infield single and the ball was thrown away. Courtney Coppersmith (York, Pa.) then drove in Daigneau with a single to make it 11-0, and Hammett closed the scoring with a two RBI double a few batters later.

Every starter picked up at least one hit, with seven finishing with multiple hits and eight getting at least one RBI. Overall, 11 different players picked up a hit for UMBC, with eight different players scoring at least one run.

McCarthy (7-8) struck out two and walked three in her first career no-hitter, and the Retrievers fourth of the season.

Game 2

Game two started out similarly to the first one as UMBC again had a big first inning, jumping out to a 3-0 lead. Keffler started the game with a single and Daigneau followed with a walk. After a strikeout, they executed a double steal and then both scored on a Logan Hawker (Mechanicsville, Va.) two RBI single. An error on the play allowed Hawker to take second, and Mallory Pollack (Ivyland, Pa.) pinch ran and scored on a Hammett single that made it 3-0.

Maryland Eastern Shore (6-25, 2-6 MEAC) got an unearned run off Hammett in the bottom of the first thanks to a pair of UMBC errors. McCarthy came on in relief in the bottom of the second and the Hawks manufactured a run to cut the Retriever lead to 3-2.

The score remained that way until the top of the fifth when Pierce and Hawker started the inning with back-to-back singles. Lonchar would again come up big as she smacked an RBI double to push the lead back to two at 4-2. The Hawks got he run back in the bottom half of the inning after a batter reached on a one-out error and scored on a double. However, Daigneau made a diving catch on a bloop and doubled off the runner at second to end the inning and keep the Retriever lead in tact.

Eastern Shore again threatened in the sixth, but McCarthy was able to escape a runner at third, one out jam with a shallow fly ball to right and a pop up. UMBC would add an insurance run in the top of the seventh when Jenna Stupey (Edmonds, Wash.) worked a two out walk, and Winslow followed with an RBI double high off the fence in left. The Hawks put two on with one out in the bottom half of the inning, but McCarthy got a pair of ground balls to end the game.

McCarthy picked up her second win of the day, going six innings in relief and allowing just one earned run with two strikeouts. Hawker was the only Retriever with multiple hits, finishing 2-for-4 with two RBI.

Earlier in the day, the America East named Coppersmith as Rookie of the Week for the sixth time this season.

UMBC travels to undefeated first place UMass Lowell for a three game series beginning on Friday with a 1 p.m. doubleheader.