Softball Sweeps Saturday’s Doubleheader with St. Peter’s

Angela Yannone hit two homeruns against St. Peter's on Saturday
Angela Yannone hit two homeruns against St. Peter's on Saturday

BALTIMORE, Md. – UMBC senior Angela Yannone (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) recorded four hits and belted two homeruns as the Retrievers swept both games of Saturday's doubleheader against St. Peter's at the UMBC Softball Stadium to improve to 16-14 on the season.

In game one, freshman Miranda Clark (Tampa, Fla./H.B. Plant) picked up the win for UMBC after pitching 5.1 innings, giving up one earned run while scattering three hits.  The right-hander struck out five batters to improve to 3-2 this season.

 The Retrievers jumped out to an early lead, plating four runs in the bottom of the first inning.  Yannone started the scoring with an RBI single to plate sophomore Jessica Warner (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown), who led off the game with a single up the middle.  After sophomore Caitlin Chance (Easton, Md./Easton) raced home on a wild pitch to give UMBC a two-run lead, freshman Kaila Balatgek (Reading, Pa./Exeter Township) doubled to bring in Yannone.  Classmate Courtney Paone finished the scoring with an RBI single to right to drive in Balatgek.

Yannone and Warner each went 3-for-4 in the first game, driving in a combined four runs and scoring four as well. 

Yannone extended the Retrievers lead to five in the third inning with her fourth homerun of the season and tenth of her career.

The Peahens finally got on the board in the fourth inning with Francesca D'Amato and Michelle Tinajero each scoring a run to make it a 5-2 game.

The Retrievers responded with four more runs in the fifth inning to put the game out of reach with a seven-run lead, 9-2.  Senior Kate Ferguson (North East, Md./North East/Cecil CC), Yannone and Balatgek all singled to start the inning, pushing the lead to 10-2.  Warner had the big blow for UMBC, doubling to right-center, driving around senior Katrina Gaar (Newport Beach, Calif./Corona del Mar/Orange Coast CC) and Balatgek.

In game two, UMBC rallied for four runs in the bottom of the third inning to overturn a one-run deficit and defeat the Peahens, 7-2.

St. Peter's took a one-run lead in the top of the third inning after Alexis Gallagher scored on a single by Nichole Olmedo.

UMBC answered right back however, with senior Amanda Damiano (Tamaqua, Pa./Marian Catholic) leading off with a double to right field.  After Warner walked and both runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Chance, freshman Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va./Cosby) tied the game with an RBI single through the left side.  The Retrievers took the lead as the next batter, Ferguson, hit into a fielder's choice, allowing Warner to score. Yannone capped the inning with a two-run shot, giving UMBC the lead for good.

Junior Heather Brown (Pasadena, Md./Northeast) pitched five innings for UMBC allowing only two runs on seven hits to even her record at 5-5 for the year.  She struck out four batters issuing only two walks. Sophomore Kayla Martinez (Odenton, Md./Arundel) went two innings and struck out three batters for her first save of the year.

The Peahens cut the lead to two, 4-2, with a run in the fifth inning but Damiano hit a three-run home run in the sixth to restore the Retrievers' five-run cushion.

UMBC and St. Peter's return to the field on Sunday to play another doubleheader with the first game set to start at 12:00 p.m.