River Hawks Take Regular Season Title
LOWELL -- Redshirt-junior Casey Harding belted two home runs to help lift the UMass Lowell to a 7-4 victory in Game 2 of a double-header against the University of Albany and secured the River Hawks first-ever America East regular season championship in softball.
The River Hawks lost Game 1, 5-4. UMass Lowell improved its record to 27-18 and 15-3 in AE. UAlbany is 26-15 and 13-4.
“I knew it wasn’t going to be easy,” said UML head coach Danielle Henderson. “Albany is a very good team and they battled, but we didn’t let the emotions of the game get to us. We stayed within ourselves, we went hard and we laid it all out there.”
Junior Courtney Cashman paced the River Hawks with four hits on the day, while Harding boasted four RBI. Senior Sydney Barker and sophomore Maria Moccio added two RBI and one home run apiece.
In Game 2, Harding opened the scoring with a home run to straight-away center in the second. Senior pitcher Kaysee Talcik allowed the Great Danes just one hit during their first three trips to the dish, giving her team the opportunity to stretch the lead to 2-0 in the bottom of the third with a bases-loaded infield single by senior Brianna West.
The visitors cut the difference to just one in the top of the sixth, but Barker plated a pair of insurance runs when she went yard in the bottom of the inning.
UMass Lowell will be the top seed in the 2019 America East Championship on May 8-11. The River Hawks are slated to play the winner of the No. 4 UMBC vs. No. 5 Hartford game on Thursday at 11 a.m. in Hartford.