Softball Heads Back Into Conference Action at Stony Brook; Sunday Game Time Changed to 11 a.m.
BALTIMORE – UMBC softball travels to Stony Brook over the holiday weekend for a three-game series against the Seawolves in America East action. The Retrievers open the weekend with a doubleheader on Saturday, March 30, with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. at University Field. The series closes out on Sunday, March 31 with the weekend’s third game set to begin at 11 a.m. – moved up from the originally scheduled noon first pitch.
UMBC (8-22, 1-2 AEC) opened league action last weekend, dropping two out of three against Maine at the UMBC Softball Stadium. The Retrievers stepped out of conference play on Wednesday for a doubleheader at Saint Peter’s – for their first away contest since Feb. 24. The black and gold defeated the Peacocks, 7-5 in game one, thanks to a five-run fifth inning, but fell in game two, 6-5, on a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Junior second baseman Caitlin Chance (Easton, Md./Easton) led the offensive efforts, driving in five of the team’s 10 runs on the day. Freshman right fielder Danielle O’Neill (Loathian, Md./Southern) also had a successful day at the plate, hitting .667 (4-for-6) with two RBI and two runs scored.
Sophomore catcher Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va./Cosby) is batting a team-best .402 on the season and leads the league in hits (33) and runs batted in (34). Junior first baseman Chelsea Bertoglio (Laguna Hills, Calif./Laguna Hills/Saddleback College) has a team-high .508 on-base percentage and is hitting at a .347 clip, which ranks second on the team.
In the circle, senior Heather Brown (Pasadena, Md./Northeast) has posted a 5-8 record in 12 starts. The veteran has a team-best 37 strikeouts and a team-best 3.39 ERA.
Stony Brook (14-15, 1-2 AEC) opened up conference play taking one out of three against Hartford last weekend, but bounced back with a pair of midweek victories against LIU Brooklyn, 8-7, and Fairfield, 2-1.
Sophomore utility player Bria Green leads the team from the dish with a team-best .341 batting average and .417 on-base percentage. Sophomore outfielder Shayla Giosia has tallied four home runs on the season and has driven in 18 runs and scored 16.
In the circle, junior Christine Lucido has posted a 6-1 record and has a team-best 2.41 ERA, while holding batters to a .280 batting average. Sophomore Allison Cukrov (5-8) has pitched 82.2 innings and has fanned a team-best 59 batters.