ALBANY, N.Y. – UMBC softball concludes its nine-game road swing on Tuesday, April 23 when it travels to La Salle for its final midweek contest of the season. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 3 p.m. at West Campus Field.
The two meet for the second time this season, with the Retrievers falling 5-4 in eight innings on March 15 as part of the UMBC Spring Classic.
The Retrievers (8-36) were swept by America East leader Albany over the weekend. Sophomore catcher Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va./Cosby) launched her team-leading seventh home run of the season in the series finale and finished the weekend batting a team-best .429. Freshman outfielder Danielle O’Neill (Loathian, Md./Southern) notched her 13th multi-hit game of the year and hit .375 in the series.
Freshman shortstop Bridget O’Malley (Brooklyn, Md./Seton Keough) continues to move up the Retrievers’ single-season walks list, ranking fifth in UMBC’s record book with 30 walks on the season. The rookie infielder is third on the team in on-base percentage (.408).
In the circle, Heather Brown (Pasadena, Md./Northeast) is third all-time at UMBC in appearances with 104 in her career. The senior has made 21 starts on the year and has 51 strikeouts in 129.1 innings of work.
La Salle (13-25) has lost its last 12 matchups, including Sunday’s doubleheader against Dayton. The Explorers scored six runs on four hits in game one, led by a grand slam in the fourth inning from junior Megan Hodgson, but fell 9-6 to the Flyers. Dayton came back in game two to defeat La Salle, 7-1.
Hodgson has a team-best six home runs and 28 RBI on the season. Freshman infielder Paige Giunta leads the team with a .311 batting average. Freshman outfielder Kendra Heyer is hitting at a .295 clip with 13 RBI and five stolen bases on the year.
In the circle, sophomore Alicia Aughton has fanned 67 batters in 106.1 innings of work and is holding batters to a .265 batting average. Aughton and freshman pitcher Mary Cate Scott have combined for six shutouts on the season, with each tossing nine complete games.