Mendoza Hits Grand Slam In Blue Hens 6-3 Win Vs UMBC

The University of Delaware’s softball team won their second game of the season on Sunday when the team defeated University of Maryland, Baltimore County Retrievers 6-3 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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The firepower of the offense came off freshman second baseman Brittney Mendoza’s bat who had four RBIs in the game from a grand slam.

One other Blue Hen who had an RBI in the game was freshman outfielder Hanna Garber (1).

The runs in the game for the Hens came from junior shortstop Karolina Flores (2), junior outfielder Julia Solderitch (1) freshman third baseman  Halle Kisamore ( 1), sophomore DH  Chayanna Gallardo (1), and Mendoza (1).

There were seven hits in the game for the Hens in the win and they came from Garber (2), freshman infielder Brooke Glanden (1), Flores (1), Mendoza (1), Gallardo (1) and sophomore left fielder Sarah Bessel (1).


On the pitching side, junior pitcher Sarah Piening had a solid outing as she went 5.1 innings, eight hits, two runs, two earned runs, three walks, and four strikeouts and earned the win in the game.

Junior pitcher Maddi Marsh came in to close out the game and she went 1.2 innings, three hits, one run, and one earned run, and earned the save in the win.


Garber Singles and Scores the First Run Of The Game For Delaware

In the first inning, neither offense could get anything going but in the second inning, the Blue Hens changed that.

The top of the second inning is where the Blue Hens would score the first run of the game.

It started when Karolina Flores hit a single up the middle and then Brittney Mendoza was hit by a pitch. The Hens had Mendoza at first base and Flores at second with Chayanna Gallardo coming up to bat.

Chayanna Gallardo was walked which advanced everyone and put Hanna Garber in a spot to knock in a run. Garber did just that as she singled to left field which scored Flores and gave the Blue Hens a 1-0 lead in the inning.

Blue Hens Score Five Runs In the Third Inning 

The top of third inning, Blue Hens Julia Solderitch was on second base ( pinch ran for Brooke Glanden), Karolina Flores walked and Halle Kisamore was walked.

This would lead to the biggest moment in the game when Brittney Mendoza hit a grand slam to send all the runners home which gave Delaware a 5-0 lead in the game.

The Hens would score one more run in the inning when Hanna Garber doubled to left field which advanced Chayanna Gallardo to third base. Gallardo would score on a fielding error by UMBC which increased the Hens lead to 6-0.


 Piening Gives Up Two Runs In The Fifth Inning

Blue Hens pitcher  Sarah Piening was dominating the UMBC hitters for four innings but in the fifth she hit a rough patch.

Piening would give up two runs in the inning, after giving up zero runs in the first four innings.

UMBC’s first run came from their third baseman Anna Lonchar who singled to second base which scored second baseman Maddie Daigneau to decrease Hens lead to 6-1.

The second run came from UMBC’s right fielder Sierra Pierce who singled to left field to score pinch runner Chloe Obispo to decrease Delaware’s lead to 6-2.

This would be Piening’s last inning but she had a solid game as she went 5.1 innings, eight hits, two runs, two earned runs, three walks, four strikeouts and earned the win in the game.

Marsh Gives Up One Run But Closes Out Win For Blue Hens

Maddi Marsh came in for Sarah Piening  and she pulled through as she went  1.2 innings, three hits, one run, one earned run and earned the save in the win.

Marsh gave up one run  in the bottom of the seventh to Sierra Pierce who singled up the middle which scored pinch runner Imani Dawson to decrease Hens lead to 6-3.

There was nothing to fear as there were still two outs after that score by UMBC and Marsh made the last opposing batter ground out to seal the Blue Hens 6-3 win.

Delaware’s looks to make it two straight victories when they take on Butler at the Madeira Beach Invitational on February 15th at 2:00pm. The team will also take on Murray State University the same day at the Madeira Beach Invitational at 7:00pm.


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