Nashville, Tenn.-- Seniors Jaclyn Buckley (Voorhees, N.J./Eastern Camden Regional) and Kaelin Jackson (Export, Pa./Franklin Regional) combined to go 5-for-8 with three runs scored and two RBI, while freshman Evvie Buehlman (Ellicott City, Md./Mt.Hebron) had a go-ahead pinch-hit two RBI single to propel the UMBC Softball team (1-3) to a 7-4 win over UMKC (1-3). The victory was the first career win for head coach Heather Gelbard.
Senior pitcher Nicole Casagrand (Melbourne, Fla./Hatboro-Horsham) started and picked up the win, allowing four earned runs in 4.1 innings. Kelly Lane (Albany, N.Y./Colonie Central) pitched 2.2 innings of scoreless relief to pick up her first career save, and also added an RBI at the plate. Mallory Pollack (Ivyland, Pa./Council Rock North) would also pick up her first career RBI in contest.
The Retrievers found themselves down 3-0 heading into the bottom of the second, but would explode for five runs on six hits to take a 5-3 lead into the third. Jackson started the second inning rally with a lead-off single to left, and then moved to third when Carly Lesko (New Milford, N.J./New Milford) followed with a double. Buckley brought Jackson home with a single to left-center to cut the Kangaroo lead to 3-1.
A throwing error then scored Lesko to make it 3-2, followed by Chelsie Delperuto (Syracuse, N.Y./Solvay) drawing a walk to load the bases. That's when Buehlman ripped a single to left field to score two and give the Retrievers the lead for good. Lane would get her RBI single later in the inning to extend the lead to 5-3.
UMKC would get one back in the fourth and then get the tying run to third in the fifth after a one-out triple. Lane would then take over on the mound and get a strikeout and groundout to strand the runner.
In the sixth, Jackson smashed an RBI double and Pollack drove in a run on a fielder's choice to push the lead to 7-4.
Lane would get the Kangaroos in order in the seventh to seal the victory. The senior faced the minimum number of batters (eight) and allowed only one runner to reach (single), but Delperuto caught the runner stealing.
UMBC will travel to Greensboro, N.C. for five games at the North Carolina A&T Aggie Invitational next weekend. The Retrievers begin with a single game on Friday against Howard at 10:30 a.m.