BALTIMORE – UMBC softball's senior outfielder Caitlin Chance (Easton, Md./Easton) blasted her fourth home run of the season to tie up game two at three apiece in the bottom of the sixth inning on Friday afternoon, but Albany used one of its eight doubles on the day to take grab its second victory of the afternoon in America East action at UMBC Softball Stadium.
Albany's starting pitcher Brittany MacFawn held the Retrievers hitless in game one en route to an 8-0 five-inning victory. The Retrievers jumped out to the early lead in game two, but were unable to come away with the victory, falling 5-3. The Great Danes improve to 28-10 on the season and 13-3 in league play, while UMBC snaps a four-game win streak to fall to 31-19 overall and 8-8 in conference action.
UMBC's offense was able to jump on starting pitcher Mackenzie Thompson early in game two with four singles in the bottom of the first inning, including an RBI-single from freshman Kelly Lane (Albany, N.Y./Colonie Central), to put the black and gold out in front, 1-0.
Albany threatened with runners on first and third in the second and again in the fourth with runners on second and third, but UMBC starting pitcher Jessica Holte (Ashland, Va./Atlee) was able to come away scoreless in both instances. The Great Danes capitalized with runners on base in the top of the fifth inning, scoring three runs on three doubles in the frame to take a 3-1 lead.
A one-out single from freshman first baseman Kaelin Jackson (Export, Pa./Franklin Regional) in the bottom of the seventh set up a two-run blast from Chance that tied up the contest at three apiece.
The Great Danes struck for two runs on four hits in the top of the seventh inning, including an RBI-double from short stop Maggie Cocks. Cocks finished the game with three hits and three runs batted in. UMBC put runners on first and second in the bottom half of the inning, but MacFawn came in for her third save of the year. Thompson earned her ninth victory of the season (9-2), allowing three earned runs on seven hits and striking out four. Holte threw her 22nd complete game of the season, tied for third on UMBC single-season record list, surrendering five earned runs on 13 hits and fanning four batters.
Albany was able to get on the board in the top of the second inning of game one on back-to-back doubles from center fielder Charlise Castro and designated player Marlin Solano. Right fielder Caitlin Cooper also singled in the inning to bring around pinch runner Kate Biasi for the 2-0 lead.
UMBC starting pitcher Kelly Lane struggled with control in the third, walking three runners and adding a pair of wild pitches to help Albany add a run to its advantage.
A double from left fielder Vicky McFarland and single from second baseman Kelly Costello extended the Great Danes lead to 4-0 in the top of the fourth inning. Castro would add three more runs before the end of the frame on a home run over the left field fence, cuing the end of Lane's day in the circle after seven runs on eight hits in three-plus innings.
UMBC junior pitcher Miranda Clark (Tampa, Fla./H.B. Plant) allowed a solo home run to third baseman Lauren Alcorn in the top of the fifth inning, giving way to the 8-0 five inning victory.
The Retrievers conclude the regular-season with the series finale on Saturday, May 3 at noon. UMBC's three seniors will be honored prior to first pitch.