Softball Claims Split on First Day of Dawg Pound Invitational

Katie Ferguson threw her third straight complete game to defeat Siena
Katie Ferguson threw her third straight complete game to defeat Siena

BALTIMORE, Md. – The UMBC softball team scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to comeback and defeat Siena, 5-2, to claim a split on the first day of the Dawg Pound Invitational at the UMBC Softball Stadium.  The Retrievers fell to Mount St. Mary's, 11-0, in the team's first game of the day. 

Trailing by one run, 2-1, with two down in the bottom of the sixth, freshman Courtney Reinfeld (Parkland, Fla./Stoneman Douglas) started the rally by reaching on an error.  The next four batters also reached, capped by an RBI single from sophomore Caitlin Chance (Easton, Md./Easton) to give the Retrievers a two run lead, 4-2.  Senior Ashley Carver (Swoyersville, Pa./Wyoming Valley West), who had reach on an RBI single of her own, came into score on a wild pitch, to make the score 5-2.

Senior Katie Ferguson (North East, Md./North East/Cecil CC) once again went the distance for UMBC, evening her record at 4-4 with her third straight win.  The right-hander yielded only two runs on four hits, while picking up seven strikeouts.

Amanda Filippazzo took the loss for Albany after giving up all five runs, but only one earned, in a complete six innings.

UMBC struck first on Saturday, plating a run in the bottom of the second on an RBI single by freshman Kaila Balatgek (Reading, Pa./Exeter Township).  Siena came back in their very next at-bat, scoring twice in the top of the third to take the lead, 2-1.

Filippazzo limited the Retrievers to only three hits through the first five innings before the hosts finally made their mark in the bottom of the sixth.

After Reinfeld reached, she was followed by a single from classmate Courtney Paone (Middletown, N.J./Middletown North) and senior Amanda Damiano (Tamaqua, Pa./Marian Catholic) was hit by pitch. Carver then made the breakthrough with a single up the middle to put UMBC on top, 3-2.

In the first game, Mount St. Mary's shutout the Retrievers, 11-0, behind pitcher Nicole Pagano.  Pagano no-hit UMBC, becoming the first pitcher to do so since Boston U.'s Cassidi Hardy accomplished the feat on Apr. 18, 2010.  Sophomore Jessica Warner (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) was the only Retriever to reach base, which came on a walk in the fourth.

Pagano pitched a complete five innings and recorded six strikeouts for the win, while UMBC junior Heather Brown (Pasadena, Md./Northeast) was charged with the loss.  She is now 2-3 after giving up seven runs in just over one inning of work.

Mount St. Mary's came out of the gate strong, scoring four runs in the top of the first, and followed with six more in the second.  Liz Christiansen led the way for the Mountaineers, going 3-for-4 with two homeruns and four RBI.

The Retrievers return to the field tomorrow for another doubleheader.  On day two of the Dawg Pound Invitational  UMBC will take on Niagara at 1:20 p.m. followed by a game with Seton Hall at 3:30 p.m.