BALTIMORE – UMBC softball's doubleheader versus UMES originally scheduled for Friday, March 7 at the UMBC Softball Stadium has been moved to Saturday, March 8 at Hawks Field. First pitch for game one is set for 2 p.m.
The Retrievers and Hawks are also set to do battle on Sunday, March 9. First pitch is scheduled for noon at Hawks Field.
UMBC (9-3) continues its best start to a season since 2010 when it opened the year with a 10-2 overall mark. The Retrievers have won seven of their last eight contests, including three-of-four last weekend at the Spartan Classic. UMBC batted .317 for the weekend and drilled seven long balls in the tournament.
Junior Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va./Cosby) earned America East Player of the Week honors for the second straight week, while freshman Jessica Holte (Ashland, Va./Atlee) helped the Retrievers sweep the conference honors, garnering her second straight AEC Pitcher of the Week and adding AEC Rookie of the Week on Tuesday. Hall hit at a .438 clip and batted in a team-best eight runs on the weekend. She leads the team with eight extra-base hits and 14 RBI on the season. Holte extended her record in the circle to a perfect 6-0, becoming the first UMBC freshman to start her career with six victories in her first six decisions, with two wins at the Spartan Classic. Holte is posting a 2.12 ERA in six complete games. The rookie has walked just two batters in 43.0 innings of work.
Sophomore Danielle O'Neill (Lothian, Md./Southern) leads six batters hitting above .300 on the year (.395) and is posting a team-best .521 on-base percentage thus far this season, with 15 hits and 10 walks. O'Neill has gone for five extra-base hits, including a team-high three home runs.
UMES (2-12) lost five in a row at the Coastal Carolina Invitational last weekend and has dropped seven of its last eight matchups. The Hawks have three batters hitting above .300, including a team-best .424 from sophomore Trenece Nash. Junior Morgan King is leading the team with 16 hits, 12 runs scored and 14 runs batted in. Sophomore Abria Tinsley has seen seven starts in nine appearances for 32.2 innings of work in the circle.