Softball Hits the Road for Three Game Series at First Place UMass Lowell

Photo: Joey Gardner
Photo: Joey Gardner

The UMBC Softball team heads to New England for a critical America East series with first place UMass Lowell on Friday.

Gillian McCarthy (Northfield, N.J.) threw her first career no-hitter and picked up two wins as the Retrievers (23-15, 4-4 AE) swept host Maryland Eastern Shore, 13-0 (5) and 5-3, on Tuesday.

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 (18 total), with eight different players scoring at least one run in the 13-0 victory. The Retrievers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning of game two thanks to a two RBI single by Logan Hawker (Mechanicsville, Va.), and held on for a 5-3 win. Valerie Hammett (Mechanicsville, Md.), Anna Lonchar (Bristow, Va.) and Kaly Winslow (Leesburg, Va.) also had RBI hits in the night cap.

Scouting UMass Lowell (20-14, 8-0 AE):

The River Hawks had their 12 game win streak snapped on Wednesday with a pair of one run losses at Boston University (4-3, 3-2(9)).

2017 America East Rookie of the Year and two time All-Conference First Team selection Courtney Cashman leads the nation with a .531 batting average and a 1.565 OPS. She has struck out just six times all season and leads UMass Lowell in hits (51), doubles (12), home runs (8), RBI (26), total bases (89) and walks (32).

2018 America East Rookie of the Year Lovina Capria leads the River Hawk rotation with a 12-6 record, a save and a 2.32 ERA. Senior Kaysee Talcik is 7-6 with a saver and a 3.46 ERA, while freshman Kaylie See is 1-2 in six appearances with an 8.54 ERA.