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Worst to first: UMBC softball defies expectations to win America East title, reach NCAA tournament

Worst to first: UMBC softball defies expectations to win America East title, reach NCAA tournament

Julia Keffler still can’t believe the UMBC softball team captured the America East Conference championship. In fact, the sophomore right fielder has watched film of the Retrievers’ 4-0 shutout of Stony Brook in the conference championship game three times — once on the bus ride home from Hartford, Conn., and twice in the background while completing her homework.

“Sometimes it feels like it hasn’t even set in yet,” she said. “But I’ve been rewatching the game, and it’s crazy to see how well we played and how awesome it was to win.”

The league crown was the program’s first since joining the conference in 2004, and the school’s reward is its first berth

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