The College of Southern Maryland Hawks softball team dropped both games of their season opening doubleheader to Richard Bland College on March 1 by scores of 11-2 and 10-2.
CSM and Richard Bland both put up two runs in their respective halves of the first inning, but Richard Bland exploded for seven runs in the top of the second inning to take a commanding 9-2 lead.
Sophomore Skylar Clark drove in both runs for CSM. She finished the day 1-3 at the plate with two RBIs. Sophomore Kaitlyn Culbert went 2-3 with one run scored, and freshman Devin Ruble went 2-2 with a walk. Culbert also stole two bags, while Ruble and Clark each stole one. Sophomore Rachel Polk went 0-1 at the dish but drew two walks and scored the other run for CSM.
Clark was handed the loss in the pitcher's circle as she gave up nine runs (four of them were earned), nine hits, and four walks over four innings pitched. She struck out five Richard Bland hitters.
Richard Bland jumped out to 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but CSM responded with a run in the bottom half of the inning.
Culbert drove the first pitch she saw to the right field fence for a triple to start CSM's half of the first. Freshman Laila Brooks would bring her home with a sacrifice fly to right field.
Richard Bland had another seven-run inning in the top of the fourth to put them up 10-1.
Culbert ended her day with an opposite field home run in the bottom of the fifth to give CSM their final run of the evening. She went 2-3 with two runs scored and one RBI.
Freshman Rachel Cullison took the loss in the pitcher's circle for CSM, giving up three runs (two earned), two hits, and a walk in two innings pitched.
CSM's next games are scheduled for Friday, March 13, when they play a doubleheader at home against Monroe College - Bronx.