BALTIMORE – After a rough weekend on the road, the UMBC softball team returns to Baltimore to host LaSalle for a twin bill on Tuesday afternoon at the UMBC Softball Stadium. Game one is set to begin at 2:30 p.m. with the second game beginning approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the opener.
UMBC leads the all-time series with LaSalle 17-8-1 after sweeping the doubleheader in Philadelphia last season. With the two wins the Retrievers have won three straight in the series and four of the past five.
UMBC also holds the longest win streak in the series, six games, which spanned the 2002-2004 seasons.
The only tie of the series came on Mar. 15, 2005 in Baltimore when the game was called due to darkness with the score tied at four. LaSalle had won the first game of the day, 7-4.
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS
UMBC is 17-25 overall and 1-11 in America East play after dropping all three games this past weekend at conference rival Hartford. The Retrievers are currently on a 10-game slide and have not won since taking the finale of a four-game weekend series against St. Peter's on Apr. 1 to take three of the four contests.
Sophomore Jessica Warner (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) leads the still potent offense with a UMBC-best .380 average (49-for-129) which ranks third in the America East. She also leads the squad and places second in the conference with 10 homeruns.
Supporting the attack, freshman Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va./Cosby) leads the conference with 12 doubles this season and has already been named America East Rookie of the Week twice. The catcher/first baseman is batting .360 (45-for-125) and has knocked in 23 runs this season.
In the circle, senior Katie Ferguson (North East, Md./North East/Cecil CC) still leads the Retriever staff with eight wins and a 2.95 ERA but has not pitched since taking the loss in an Apr. 14 outing against America East rival Stony Brook. Ferguson has also contributed at the plate this year for UMBC, hitting three homeruns and driving in 13 runs.
SCOUTING THE EXPLORERS
LaSalle comes into Tuesday's doubleheader sitting at 6-35 overall and 0-14 in A-10 play this season. The Explorers have lost 12 straight dating back to a doubleheader split with Bucknell back on Apr. 4. That loss in the second game to the Bison halted a three-game winning streak for the Explorers. This past weekend, LaSalle lost two games to St. Bonaventure on Saturday before the remainder of the series was washed out due to rain on Sunday.
The Explorers have relied on a balanced attack this season with Alicia Aughton leading the squad with a .245 batting average (25-for-102), three homeruns and 10 RBIs. Megan Hodgson is not far behind in average (.232), but also has three homeruns and 10 RBIs.
Aughton has also been the most consistent pitcher for LaSalle, posting a 3.29 ERA and picking up all six of the team's wins. She has thrown 151.0 innings this season while recording 73 strikeouts and issuing just 34 walks.