BALTIMORE, Md. – The UMBC softball team (6-7) will co-host the UMBC Dawg Pound Invitational this weekend at the UMBC Softball Stadium, along with Coppin State. Mount St. Mary's (3-10), Niagara (1-8), Seton Hall (6-8) and Siena (1-3) will all travel to Baltimore to complete the six-team field.
UMBC Dawg Pound Invitational
Saturday, March 10
8:45 a.m. Seton Hall vs. Niagara*
10:55 a.m. Siena vs. Mount St. Mary's*
1:05 p.m. UMBC vs. Mount St. Mary's*
1:35 p.m. Coppin State vs. Seton Hall^
3:15 p.m. UMBC vs. Siena*
3:45 p.m. Coppin State vs. Niagara^
Sunday, March 11
9:00 a.m. Niagara vs. Mount St. Mary's*
11:10 a.m. Siena vs. Seton Hall*
1:20 p.m. UMBC vs. Niagara*
1:35 p.m. Coppin State vs. Mount St. Mary's^
3:30 p.m. UMBC vs. Seton Hall*
3:45 p.m. Coppin State vs. Siena^
*Game played at UMBC
^Game played at Coppin State
UMBC is 6-7 on the season after shutting out Towson, 6-0, on Thursday… Senior Katie Ferguson (North East, Md./North East/Cecil CC) threw her third straight complete game to pick up the win… She is now 3-4 on the year with a team-best 3.05 ERA… Sophomore third baseman Jessica Warner (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) hit two homeruns against the Tigers to lead the Retrievers… She finished with four RBI and two runs scored… Classmate Caitlin Chance (Easton, Md./Easton) picked up the only other extra base hit of the game, a double… She went 1-for-2 with two RBI and two runs scored against the Tigers… Warner leads UMBC this year with a .405 average (15-for-37), three homeruns and ten RBI… Freshman Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va./Cosby) is tied with Warner for the team lead in doubles with four… The Retrievers have hit multiple homeruns in a single game twice this season (3 vs. Longwood (2/17), 2 vs. Towson (3/8))
On the Mountaineers: Mount St. Mary's is 3-10 on the season after dropping four out of five games at the Osprey Invitational in Jacksonville, Fla. Sophomores Katy Bobbittand Alyssa Silipino lead the Mountaineers at the plate with a .333 batting average.
UMBC vs. Mount St. Mary's All-Time: The Retrievers are 32-6 all-time against the Mountaineers, but dropped all three games last year. Prior to the 2011 season, UMBC had won four straight in the series and six of the last seven meetings.
On the Purple Eagles: Niagara is 1-8 this season after going 1-3 at last weekend's UMBC Retriever Classic. The Purple Eagles picked up their first win of the season against Princeton, defeating the Tigers, 4-3. Becky Zill has knocked in a team-high eight RBI this season while also leading Niagara, along with Jen Hare, in hits with eight.
UMBC vs. Niagara All-Time: The Retrievers lead the all-time series with the Purple Eagles, 9-4, after picking up a win last weekend in the UMBC Retriever Classic. UMBC has now won a series-high four straight games against Niagara.
On the Pirates: Seton Hall is 6-8 on the year after splitting six games at the UNLV Eller Media Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev. Daniell DeStaso leads a trio of Pirates hitting over .300 with a .324 average (11-for-34) and two homeruns. Laura Canulli has also hit two round trippers this year for the Pirates.
UMBC vs. Seton Hall All-Time: The Retrievers hold a 4-1 series lead against the Pirates after winning the first meeting this year, 2-1, at the season-opening Lancer Leadoff Tournament in Farmville, Va. Freshman Courtney Reinfeld (Parkland, Fla./Stoneman Douglas) singled to left in the bottom of the seventh to drive in seniorAshley Carver (Swoyersville, Pa./Wyoming Valley West) with the winning run for UMBC's first win of the year.
On the Saints: Siena is 1-3 on the season after playing at last weekend's George Washington Tournament in Washington, D.C. Mandy Ferro leads Siena in the early going, hitting .500 (6-for-12) after the Saint's first four games.
UMBC vs. Siena All-Time: UMBC leads the all-time series with the Saints, 3-0, after defeating Siena, 6-1, at last year's UMBC Retriever Classic. Former Retriever Stephanie Weigman allowed just two hits to pick up the win over the Saints.