BALTIMORE – The UMBC softball team (19-28, 1-14 AE) hosts America East rival Boston University (34-14, 12-3 AE) for a three-game weekend series to finish the 2012 regular season. The Retrievers and Terriers will play a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. followed by a single game on Sunday at 12 p.m. UMBC will celebrate Senior Day with a pregame ceremony before the start of the season finale.
Thank You Seniors: Prior to Sunday's series finale against BU, the Retrievers will bid farewell and say thank you to six seniors – catcherBecca Bernheimer (Lewes, Del./Cape Henlopen), outfielders Ashley Carver(Swoyersville, Pa./Wyoming Valley West), Amanda Damiano (Tamaqua, Pa./Marian Catholic) and Katrina Gaar (Newport Beach, Calif./Corona del Mar/Orange Coast CC), pitcher Katie Ferguson (North East, Md./North East/Cecil CC) and infielder Angela Yannone (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake).
Last Time Out: UMBC and Maine went six and a half innings without a run before the Black Bears finally scored in the bottom of the seventh to edge the Retrievers, 1-0, and sweep the three-game series in Orono. Starter Katie Ferguson pitched 6.2 innings for the Retrievers scattered seven hit while striking out eight batters. Maine claimed game one of Saturday's doubleheader, 7-1, before taking game two, 9-1, in six innings.
Inside the Series: Boston U. leads the all-time series with UMBC 19-6 after taking two of three from the Retrievers last season in Boston. The Terriers own the longest win streak in the series, eight consecutive wins, spanning the 2006-2008 seasons. UMBC's longest win streak in the series is three games when they took the final game of the 2005 series and then the first two in 2006.
Scouting the Retrievers
UMBC is 19-28 overall and 1-14 in conference play this season following last weekend's sweep at Maine. Prior to the series in the Pine Tree State, the Retrievers swept a doubleheader with LaSalle at home last Tuesday. Ashley Carver hit her first career homerun in game one to lead UMBC to a 3-2 win before the Retrievers scored five runs in the fifth inning and then held off a late Explorer rally to sweep the two games with a 5-3 win.
Sophomore Jessica Warner (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) leads the Retrievers' offense with a .382 average (55-for-144), 10 homeruns and 26 RBIs. The third baseman ranks third in the conference in average and homeruns and second in hits (55).
Freshman Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va./Cosby) has also been a spark for UMBC, leading the squad and the America East with 14 doubles. The catcher/first baseman has been named America East Rookie of the Week twice this season.
Scouting the Terriers
Boston U. is tied for second in the America East with Albany with a 12-3 mark in conference play to go along with a 34-14 overall record. The Terries split two midweek games this past week, defeating conference rival Maine, 5-3, on Tuesday before falling to in-state rival Massachusetts, 1-0, on the road on Wednesday.
Jayme Mask has initiated the Terrier offense from the lead-off spot this year, hitting a team-best .358 (48-for-134) while scoring 33 runs. Megan Volpano and Brittany Clendenny bring the power for BU as Volpano leads the squad with 32 RBIs and Clendenny has a team-best seven homeruns.
Pitcher Holli Floetker leads the Terriers with 16 wins and a 1.75 ERA.