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May 7, 2009 / umbcdawgblog

America East Softball Championships – Live Updates – Thursday, May 7

Welcome to Stony Brook University for the first game of the America East Softball Championships. The fourth-seeded Retrievers will take on the top-seeded Seawolves at 2 p.m. The teams met just two weeks ago in Stony Brook, with the Seawolves taking two out of three in a closely contested series. For up-to-the-minute stats, check out GameTracker. Feel free to leave comments or questions and I will try my best to answer them.

UPDATE: We’re in the middle of the second inning with the Seawolves leading, 1-0, as we battle some internet issues here at University Field. In the top of the first, designated player Amanda Fefel was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double. It’s the Retrievers’ only hit so far in the game. In the bottom of the inning, shortstop Vicki Kavitsky led off with a single and scored on a base hit by first baseman Marissa Fleury that took a bad hop in left field. Both teams went down in order in the second.

UPDATE: After an 11-pitch at-bat for catcher Amanda Page in the second, third baseman Krista Kearns just sent the 12th pitch of her at-bat up the middle for an infield single. Freshman Amanda Damiano will pinch run with center fielder Julia Culotta at the plate.

UPDATE: Culotta grounds into a fielder’s choice, and shortstop Jessica Vetock grounds into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.

UPDATE: Stephanie Weigman retired the first two batters in the inning. Left fielder Crista Cerrone grounded to third, but Kearns’ throw was over first baseman Lauren O’Malley’s head, sending Cerrone to second. Backing up the play, right fielder Emily Thompson’s throw to second was also high and went all the way into left field, allowing Cerrone to score. Center fielder Kelsi Fanelli followed with her sixth home run of the season to center field to make it 3-0 Stony Brook.

UPDATE: After Fleury singled to left, reigning America East Player of the Week Kelly Oberto lined out to O’Malley to end the inning. Top of the order due up for the Retrievers in the fourth.

UPDATE: Amanda Fefel, who earned her third straight America East All-Conference First Team honors yesterday, received the Retrievers’ first free pass of the game. Amanda Barker is pinch running with Emily Thompson at the plate. Thompson is UMBC’s hottest hitter at the moment; she entered the game batting .500 (12-for-24) during her current eight-game hitting streak.

UPDATE: Thompson strikes out and Malorie Weller grounds to the pitcher to end the inning, and freshman Ashley Carver replaces Thompson in right field.

UPDATE: Weigman gets the Seawolves in order in the fourth. Page, O’Malley and Kearns due up in the fifth.

UPDATE: Page leads off the fifth with a single to left, and Lynn Pronobis will pinch run. After O’Malley grounds out, Kearns flies out to left and Culotta grounds to second to end the inning. Stony Brook still leads 3-0.

UPDATE: Defensive changes for the Retrievers – Pronobis stays in the game to play left field, Weller moves to first and Becca Bernheimer, who was named to the America East All-Rookie Team yesterday, replaces Page behind the plate.

UPDATE: Weigman fans Kavitsky and Cerrone for her third and fourth strikeouts of the game. Mason leads off for the Retrievers, pinch hitting for Vetock. She’ll be followed by Brummell and Fefel.

UPDATE: Mason, who also earned All-Rookie Team honors yesterday, leads off the sixth with a walk, and Vetock will re-enter to pinch run.

UPDATE: Brummell, an All-Conference Second Team honoree, follows with a walk, putting runners on first and second for Fefel.

UPDATE: Casey Jacobs replaces Struzenberg in the circle. Jacobs is 10-4 with a 1.52 ERA in 101.1 innings of work this season.

UPDATE: Fefel grounds into a fielder’s choice, as Kavitsky guns down Vetock at third base. Thompson is re-entering to hit for Carver with runners still at first and second but one out.

UPDATE: Thompson grounds into a double 5-3 double play to end the inning. Struzenberg’s final line is no runs on three hits, three walks and two strikeouts. Fanelli will lead off for the Seawolves.

UPDATE: Though Struzenberg is Stony Brook’s ace, the Retrievers have had more problems with Jacobs this season. UMBC scored six runs off Struzenberg in 7.1 innings, including all five in a 5-2 victory, but managed just six hits in 13.2 scoreless innings against Jacobs.

UPDATE: Oberto gets the first free pass off Weigman with two outs, but second baseman Molly Kestranek flies out to center to end the inning. Culotta made a nice diving catch on the play. Weller will lead off for the Retrievers.

UPDATE: Weller reaches on an error by Kestranek. Page is at the plate as the rain starts to pick up.

UPDATE: Page walks on four pitches, putting two on with none out for O’Malley, who is 0-for-2 on the day.

UPDATE: O’Malley grounds into a fielder’s choice, as Page is out at second, but the Retrievers have a runner on third base for the first time today.

UPDATE: Krista Kearns grounds into another fielder’s choice, but Weller scores from third to end the shutout. But Culotta grounds out to shortstop to end the game, and the Seawolves win, 3-1.

UPDATE: Weigman pitched a great game, allowing just one earned run on four hits and a walk and striking out four, but she falls to 22-15. Struzenberg goes to 22-5 on the season, while Jacobs earns her fifth save.

UPDATE: The Retrievers will take on the loser of the No. 2 Boston University/No. 3 Albany game Friday at 1:30 p.m. Be sure to check back with the UDB for updates!

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  1. Anonymous / May 7 2009 3:30 pm

    Thanks for the updates

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