Softball downed by UMBC

March 28, 2005

Box Score

BALTIMORE, MD (March 25) - The UMBC Retrievers scored twice in the fifth and once in the sixth and held Sacred Heart to just four hits to defeat the Pioneers 3-0 on Friday afternoon. The Pioneers found hits hard to come by and failed to capitalize on their few choice scoring opportunities, twice stranding runners at third in the first three innings.

Sacred Heart's defense kept them in the game early, twice cutting down runners headed for home. In the second inning with runners on the corners nobody out Becky Cameron () scooped up a ground ball and fired home setting up a 4-2-5-2-6 put out by Melissa Mezzenotte (North Haven, CT) at third to keep the game scoreless. Pitcher Bethany Lemananger induced the next to batters to ground out to get out of the jam unscathed.

The Retrievers threatened again in the sixth, but this time the Pioneers would be unable to keep UMBC off the scoreboard. Kati Shirt led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a passed by charged to Brittany Uno (). After Ahley Underwood grounded out to third, the Pioneers intentionally walked Kristie Pickeral to try to get to Dana Shepherd. Shepherd hit a ground ball up the middle, which was fielded by Mezzanotte, but her throw to first brought Heather Gutkes () off the bag to load the bases. Lemanager then induced a ground ball to third where Jacqui Riley tagged out the lead runner Shirk to keep the game scoreless. SHU was unable to escape completely unharmed as Reilly Ward plated a pair of un-earned runs with the bases loaded single. Stevie Shore grounded out to third to end the inning.

UMBC would add a solo homer from Amanda Bile that hit the top of the fence and bounced over to finish the scoring in the game

Lemenager pitched six innings for SHU, giving up three runs, only one earned, on nine hits and one walk. She also struck out two in taking the loss.