BALTIMORE – After getting swept last weekend at Binghamton, the UMBC softball team (17-19, 1-5 America East) returns home to host America East rival Stony Brook (24-9, 5-1 America East) for three games, beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday at the UMBC Softball Stadium. Saturday's first game is set for a 1 p.m. start and game two will begin approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of game one. The series finale on Sunday is scheduled to begin at noon.
Freshman Miranda Clark (Tampa, Fla./H.B. Plant) will get the ball in the series opener against the Seawolves. The right-hander is 3-3 this season with a 4.38 ERA in 15 appearances for the Retrievers. She last pitched in last Friday's series opener against Binghamton throwing 2.2 no-hit, scoreless innings while striking out four batters.
In games two and three, senior Katie Ferguson (North East, Md./North East/Cecil CC) will head to the circle for UMBC. After picking up the win in the series finale against Albany on Mar. 26, the righty lost two games to the Bearcats last weekend to level her record at 8-8 in 2012.
Scouting the Retrievers:
UMBC is 17-19 overall and 1-5 in America East play after being swept weekend at Binghamton. Sophomore Jessica Warner (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) went 6-for-9 (.667) against the Bearcats and hit two homeruns to bring her season total up to a team leading 10 for the season. The third baseman hit .400 (4-for-10) last year against Stony Brook with one homerun and three RBIs.
Two-time America East Rookie of the Week Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va./Cosby) picked up a double and a homerun in the series against Binghamton last weekend and now leads UMBC with 12 doubles this year.
Ferguson heads the Retriever staff with her eight wins this year to go along with her 95.0 innings pitched, 2.58 ERA and 78 strikeouts. She did not face the Seawolves last year but did hit .500 (6-for-12) with a homerun and five RBIs.
Scouting the Seawolves:
Stony Brook is on a two-game win streak and has won 11 of its last 14 contests after sweeping a doubleheader from Rider University earlier this week.
This past week, two Seawolves were honored by the America East on Monday as pitcher Allison Cukrov and outfielder Shayla Giosia took home Pitcher of the Week and Player of the Week, respectively. Cukrov has now been named the Pitcher of the Week three times this season while also picking up top rookie honors once. She leads the America East with a 1.11 ERA and is second in the league with 129 strikouts.
Giosia leads the Stony Brook with a .369 average (38-for-103) along with a team-0best five homeruns, nine doubles and 32 RBIs. Suzanne Karath is not far behind as she leads the Seawolves with 140 hits and two triples.