BALTIMORE, Md. – UMBC scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth to close out game 2 and finish a doubleheader sweep of the Norfolk State softball team on Wednesday afternoon at the UMBC Softball Stadium.
The Retrievers ended the game on the eight-run rule to win 10-2. They scored three runs in the fourth inning of the first game to break a tie in an eventual 5-1 victory over the Spartans. NSU was playing its last non-conference games of the season and its last true road contests.
Norfolk State managed just seven hits all day, including two in game 2. One of those two came off the bat of sophomore Seana Moriarty, who hit her first career home run. Freshman Kylee Lopez hit her third homer of the season to account for NSU’s only run in game 1.
The losses dropped the Spartans’ overall record to 15-22, while UMBC improved to 22-26.
Lopez hit her solo home run in the top of the second in the first contest to give NSU an early lead. Jaclyn Buckley responded an inning later with a solo homer in the bottom of the third, and then the Retrievers got a pair of RBI hits and a sacrifice bunt with a runner on third to score three runs in the fourth. Another RBI hit in the sixth capped the scoring.
Jessica Holte (11-11) pitched all seven innings and allowed five hits and one earned run with six strikeouts. NSU freshman Hunter Halford (4-7) struck out seven and pitched all six innings for the Spartans.
Two RBI hits in the bottom of the first put the Retrievers ahead in game 2. Moriarty led off the fourth with her first career home run, depositing the first pitch of the at bat over the right center field fence. Tori Alexander, though, hit a two-run single in the bottom of the frame for a 4-1 UMBC lead.
In the sixth, a pair of errors on the Retrievers eventually scored junior Devon Bitler, who walked to lead off the inning. But in the bottom of the sixth, UMBC piled up six of its 15 hits in the game to score six runs and finish the game on the eight-run rule.
The Retrievers had 10 hits in the first game as well.
Kim Puccio (7-3) got the win in game 2, pitching all six innings for UMBC and giving up just two hits and one earned run with three strikeouts.
Freshman Stephanie Davenport was the only player for NSU to finish with two hits on the day.
NSU will return home to face Hampton this weekend at the NSU Softball Field. Saturday will serve as Senior Day, as the Spartans will honor their departing players before the doubleheader begins at 1 p.m.
Originally posted on NSUSpartans.com.