EMMITSBURG, Md. – UMBC softball's sophomore Kaelin Jackson (Export, Pa./Franklin Regional) batted .600 with a .714 on-base percentage in Tuesday afternoon's doubleheader at Mount St. Mary's. The Retrievers defeated the Mount, 10-5, in game one, but Mount St. Mary's picked up the split with a 4-2 win in the second game of the day at Meadows Field.
Jackson recorded three doubles on the day for two runs batted in, while senior Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va./Cosby) added two doubles and three RBI to move into first all-time at UMBC in extra base hits (81) and third in doubles (46).
The Retrievers improve to 21-18 on the season, while Mount St. Mary's moved to 7-27.
GAME 1: UMBC 11, Mount St. Mary's 5
The Retrievers wasted no time jumping on the board in the top of the first inning. Freshman Tori Alexander (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge Senior) singled and senior Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va./Cosby) and sophomore Kaelin Jackson (Export, Pa./Franklin Regional) each followed with RBI-doubles to put UMBC out in front, 2-0. A pair of walks loaded the bases for sophomore Kelly Lane (Albany, N.Y./Colonie Central), who singled in the Retrievers' third run of the frame. Mount St. Mary's starting pitcher Haley Stankan ran into further control issues, allowing a run on a wild pitch and walking in the sixth run of the inning before relief pitcher Danni Cummings entered the game.
Jackson led off the top of the second with her second double of the contest and junior Bridget O'Malley (Baltimore, Seton Keough) followed with an RBI-double to extend UMBC's lead to 7-0. The Retrievers did more of the same in the top of the fourth with Hall leading off with a double to left center and Jackson driving her in on a double to right. A Mount St. Mary's error helped the Retrievers plate one more run in the frame, making it a 9-0 advantage.
A lead-off triple from Marisa Mayes in the bottom of the fourth and a single down the left field line from Tori Belloc helped Mount St. Mary's to get on the scoreboard and marked the only earned run of the contest for the Mountaineers.
An UMBC error helped to start a four-run fifth inning for Mount St. Mary's. The Mount followed with an RBI-double from Rachel Teti. A single on the ensuing at bat put two aboard for Belloc, who launched a three-run home run to close the gap to five, 10-5.
The Retrievers added an insurance run in the form of a solo home run from Alexander in the top of the seventh inning to cap off the 11-5 victory.
UMBC pitcher Jessica Holte tossed the complete-game victory to improve to 13-7 on the season. The sophomore surrendered one earned run on nine hits and fanned eight batters. Stankan (0-1) allowed six runs on four hits in the top of the first inning to record the loss. Cummings tossed 6.1 innings of work, surrendering four earned runs on nine hits and striking out seven.
GAME 2: Mount St. Mary's 4, UMBC 2
UMBC jumped out first again in game two. Sophomore Jaclyn Buckley (Voorhees, N.J./Eastern Camden Regional) singled to right to lead off the top of the third and Alexander reached on a bunt, but a Mount error scored Buckley and moved Alexander to third. A sacrifice fly from Hall extended the Retrievers' lead to 2-0.
The Mountaineers responded with a run in the bottom of the third, following a single, sacrifice bunt and another single. Mount St. Mary's took their first lead of the day in the bottom of the fourth. A pair of singles and a home run to center field from Rachel Heinze put the Mount out in front, 4-2.
Mount St. Mary's pitcher Sam Lichtner (2-5) did not allow an earned run in the victory. UMBC pitcher Kim Puccio (Sparta, N.J./Sparta) allowed four runs on 10 hits in six innings.
UP NEXT FOR THE RETRIEVERS: UMBC returns home for a doubleheader against local-rival Towson on Thursday, April 23. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. at UMBC Softball Stadium. The Retrievers close out their home schedule with a three-game series against Binghamton, beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 25.