CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior pitcher Heather Brown (Pasadena, Md./Northeast) and sophomore catcher Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va./Cosby) each earned conference honors on a 3-3 weekend for UMBC softball. Hall was named America East Player of the Week, while Brown garnered pitcher of the week recognition.
"This is quite an accomplishment for both Heather and Taylor, as well as our UMBC softball team," said head coach Joe French. "They both had outstanding weekends as we try to improve our young team. We are working very hard to improve daily and weekly. This is well deserved to both of them as they continue to lead our team by example."
Brown led the Retrievers in the circle over the weekend, accounting for two of UMBC's three wins at the UMBC Retriever Classic, both victories coming in complete game shutouts, and finishing the weekend without allowing a run. The senior earned her first-career shutout on Saturday against Morgan State, allowing three hits and striking out a season-best seven batters. Brown faced just 16 batters in her second outing of the weekend, surrendering one hit and one walk in the contest.
"For just her third week back from a 10-month rehab, including time off for her offseason surgery, it was outstanding to see Heather have such a magnificent weekend," French said. "She was spectacular, throwing two gems for us and earning her first two career shutouts."
Hall led the team in batting average (.611) and runs batted in (11) on the weekend, while registering a 1.000 slugging percentage and a .571 on-base percentage in six games at the UMBC Retriever Classic. Hall opened the weekend with a perfect 3-3 performance from the dish in an 18-2 victory against Morgan State. The sophomore launched her third home run of the season to account for UMBC's only run against St. Francis and came back on Sunday to pelt her team-leading fourth of the year. Hall leads the team with 23 RBI on the year, the only Retriever with double-digit runs batted in.
"Except for the last game, I thought we swung the bats very well in the weekend's cold weather," admitted French. "Taylor had an exceptional weekend for us offensively."
The Retrievers host their second tournament of the year in the UMBC Dawg Pound Invitational starting on Friday, March 8 and going through Sunday, March 10.