2014-15 Softball News
May 28, 2015
Sharp, Schuler Honored As America East Presidential Scholar-Athletes
UMBC seniors Kathleen Sharp (Toms River, N.J./Toms River/Brookdale CC) and Eric Schuler (Columbia, Md./Reservoir) were honored as America East Presidential Scholar-Athletes, as announced by the conference office on Thursday. To be considered for the award, the student-athlete must be a graduating senior with a 3.75 or higher GPA.
May 6, 2015
UMBC Softball Garners Six Conference Honors
UMBC softball picked up six conference honors, as announced on Wednesday evening at the annual America East’s awards banquet.
May 2, 2015
UMBC Softball Falls in Season Finale at Stony Brook
UMBC softball’s senior Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va./Cosby) moved up to eighth all-time at UMBC in career hits, going 1-for-2 in her final collegiate game on Saturday afternoon at University Field. The Retrievers fell 10-2 in six innings in the season finale against Stony Brook.
May 1, 2015
UMBC Softball Drops Doubleheader at Stony Brook
UMBC softball struggled to get production from its bats in Friday afternoon’s America East doubleheader at University Field. Stony Brook tallied a pair of victories against the Retrievers on the day with a 4-0 win in game one and a 9-0 five-inning win in game two.
April 29, 2015
UMBC Softball Splits Midweek Doubleheader with Maine
UMBC softball came one out away from picking up a pair of critical America East victories in Wednesday afternoon’s neutral site doubleheader against Maine. The Retrievers came from behind for a 2-1 victory in game one behind a two-run double from junior Danielle O’Neill (Lothian, Md./Southern), but UMBC was unable to hold on to a 2-0 lead in the top of the seventh, falling 3-2 in game two at University Field on the campus of Stony Brook.
April 28, 2015
UMBC Softball Travels to Stony Brook for Five Games in Four Days
UMBC softball closes out the regular-season with five games in four days at University Field on the campus of Stony Brook, as the Dawgs battle for a playoff spot. The Retrievers will take on Maine in a rescheduled doubleheader on Wednesday, April 29, with an 11 a.m. first pitch. The Dawgs will close out the year with a three-game series against Stony Brook, beginning with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Friday, May 1.
April 26, 2015
UMBC Softball Falls in Series Finale to Binghamton
UMBC softball dropped the America East series finale to Binghamton on Sunday afternoon at UMBC Softball Stadium, registering four hits and leaving seven runners on base in a 4-0 loss to the Bearcats.
April 25, 2015
UMBC Softball Drops AE Doubleheader to Binghamton
UMBC softball struggled to get clutch hits in Saturday’s America East doubleheader against Binghamton, stranding 21 runners on base in the two contests to drop both games of the doubleheader to the Bearcats. UMBC left the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh of an 8-5 loss in game one before falling 5-1 in the day’s second game at UMBC Softball Stadium. Due to expected weather in the Baltimore area, the series finale on Sunday, April 26 has been moved to 1 p.m.
April 24, 2015
UMBC Softball Closes Out Home Schedule with Binghamton Series
UMBC softball closes out its regular season home schedule with a three-game series against Binghamton, beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 25 at 1 p.m. at UMBC Softball Stadium. The series finale is set for noon on Sunday, April 26.
April 23, 2015
UMBC Softball Drops Midweek Doubleheader To Towson
UMBC dropped both games of a Thursday afternoon doubleheader at UMBC Softball Stadium against nearby Towson University as the Tigers won 5-3 in game one before shutting out the Retrievers 7-0 in game two.
April 22, 2015
UMBC Softball Hosts Local-Rival Towson on Thursday
UMBC softball returns home for their second non-conference doubleheader of the week on Thursday, April 23 when the Retrievers face Towson. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. at UMBC Softball Stadium.
April 21, 2015
UMBC Softball Splits at Mount St. Mary’s
EMMITSBURG, Md. – UMBC softball’s sophomore Kaelin Jackson (Export, Pa./Franklin Regional) batted .600 with a .714 on-base percentage in Tuesday afternoon’s doubleheader at Mount St. Mary’s. The Retrievers defeated the Mount, 10-5, in game one, but Mount St. Mary’s picked up the split with a 4-2 win in the second game of the day at Meadows Field.
April 20, 2015
UMBC Softball Set to Battle Mount St. Mary’s on Tuesday
UMBC softball hits the road for non-conference action on Tuesday, April 21 when the Retrievers battle Mount St. Mary’s in a doubleheader at 3 p.m. at Meadows Field.
April 18, 2015
UMBC Softball Edged on Senior Day by Lehigh
UMBC softball played tough on Senior Day, jumping ahead in both games against Lehigh, but the Retrievers were unable to hold on, dropping Saturday’s doubleheader against Lehigh at UMBC Softball Stadium.
April 17, 2015
Hall Shines for UMBC Softball in a Pair of Walk-Off Victories Against South Carolina State
UMBC softball senior catcher Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va./Cosby) launched the sixth home run of her career to become the 10th player in program history to record 200 hits in her career in game one of Friday’s non-conference doubleheader against South Carolina State at UMBC Softball Stadium. The Retrievers combined for 25 hits in the two games en route to a pair of walk-off six inning victories, including a 14-6 win in game one and a 12-4 victory in game two.
April 16, 2015
UMBC Softball Hosts a Pair of Non-Conference Doubleheaders Over the Weekend
UMBC softball continues non-conference action on its America East bye-week by hosting a pair of doubleheaders at UMBC Softball Stadium over the weekend. The Retrievers will welcome South Carolina State to Baltimore on Friday, April 17 with a 1 p.m. first pitch, followed by a Saturday, April 18 doubleheader against Lehigh. Saturday will mark Senior Day for the Retrievers, which will be celebrated between the 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. doubleheader.
April 16, 2015
UMBC Softball Schedule Updates
UMBC Softball Head Coach Joe French has announced a handful of schedule changes for the Retrievers, including a makeup doubleheader against America East foe Maine.
April 15, 2015
UMBC Softball Splits Doubleheader at La Salle
UMBC softball registered 14 hits in Tuesday’s non-conference doubleheader against La Salle, but the Retrievers used all of their offense in game one as a pair of three-run home runs helped UMBC to defeat La Salle, 6-1, but the Explorers held the Retrievers to two hits en route to a 6-0 victory in game two.
April 14, 2015
UMBC Softball Steps Out of Conference Play for Midweek Doubleheader at La Salle
UMBC softball steps out of America East play for a doubleheader at La Salle on Wednesday, April 15. First pitch is set for 2:30 p.m. at West Campus Field.
April 12, 2015
UMBC Softball Drops Sunday Doubleheader at Albany
UMBC softball dropped the first two games of its conference slate to Albany on Sunday, falling in a tough 11-6 battle in game one and suffering a 1-0 setback in the rubber match at Albany Field. Senior Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va./Cosby) drove in a pair of runs on the day with a double, moving her into a tie for fourth on UMBC’s all-time RBI list (137) and sixth on the Retrievers’ all-time doubles list (42).
April 11, 2015
UMBC Softball Edges Albany in Series Opener, 3-2
UMBC softball’s junior infielder Bridget O’Malley (Baltimore, Md./Seton Keough) drove in a pair of runs on a single up the middle in the top of the fifth inning to help the Retrievers take the series opener against Albany on Saturday afternoon at Albany Field and remain unbeaten in league play. Game two of the day was pushed back to Sunday, April 12, which will now feature a doubleheader starting at 11:30 a.m. at Albany Field.
April 10, 2015
UMBC Softball Hits the Road for Weekend Series at Albany
UMBC softball looks to defend its unbeaten America East record (6-0) over the weekend when it travels to Albany for a three-game series on Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12. Saturday’s doubleheader is set to begin at 1 p.m. at Albany Field, followed by a single game set for noon on Sunday.
April 7, 2015
UMBC Softball’s Alexander Earns Second Straight Conference Honor
UMBC softball’s Tori Alexander (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge Senior) earned her second straight America East Rookie of the Week honor, as announced by the conference office on Tuesday.
April 4, 2015
UMBC Softball Completes Series Sweep of UMass Lowell to Remain Unbeaten in America East Action
UMBC softball completed a series sweep of UMass Lowell, defeating the River Hawks, 10-2, in five innings in the weekend finale on Saturday at River View Field, to remain undefeated in America East action.
April 3, 2015
Alexander Guides UMBC Softball to Friday DH Sweep of UMass Lowell; Saturday Time Change
UMBC softball’s freshman Tori Alexander (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge Senior) launched the first two home runs of her career en route to an eight-RBI day to help the Retrievers sweep Friday's America East doubleheader against UMass Lowell at River View Field. The Retrievers defeated the River Hawks, 13-3, in game one and followed with a 5-1 win in game two. The series finale game time has been pushed back to noon on Saturday.
April 2, 2015
UMBC Softball Returns to America East Action at UMass Lowell; Friday Game Times Moved Up
UMBC softball returns to America East action with a three-game series against UMass Lowell set for Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4. Friday’s doubleheader has been pushed up to 11 a.m., followed by the series finale on Saturday at 11 a.m. at River View Field.
March 31, 2015
UMBC Softball’s Alexander and Hall Earn Conference Honors
UMBC softball’s Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va./Cosby) and Tori Alexander (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge Senior) helped the Retrievers take two of three America East weekly awards, as announced by the conference office on Tuesday.
March 31, 2015
UMBC Softball Snaps Win Streak; Retrievers Fall to George Washington, 6-3
UMBC softball’s senior Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va./Cosby) registered her third home run of the season, but the Retrievers were unable to overcome a five-run deficit, falling to George Washington, 6-3, in non-conference action on Tuesday afternoon at the UMBC Softball Stadium.
March 30, 2015
UMBC Softball Completes Series Sweep of Hartford
UMBC softball completed the series sweep of Hartford with a 10-1 five-inning victory against the Hawks on Monday afternoon at the UMBC Softball Stadium.
March 29, 2015
UMBC Softball Sweeps Doubleheader Against Hartford to Help French to 400th Victory at UMBC
UMBC softball swept Sunday’s doubleheader against Hartford to help head coach Joe French earn his 400th victory with the program. The Retrievers outscored the Hawks, 19-1, in a pair of five-inning America East contests at the UMBC Softball Stadium.
March 28, 2015
UMBC Softball Set for Matchups Against Hartford and George Washington
UMBC softball is set for four games in three days at the UMBC Softball Stadium, with a three-game series set for Sunday, March 29 and Monday, March 30 against America East foe Hartford and a Tuesday, March 31 matchup versus George Washington.
March 26, 2015
UMBC Softball Moves Hartford Series Back a Day
Due to expected weather in the Baltimore area, UMBC softball has pushed back its series against Maine. The three-game matchup was set to begin with a doubleheader on Saturday, March 28 at the UMBC Softball Stadium, but now will begin with a doubleheader on Sunday, March 29 and a single game on Monday, March 30. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. on Sunday and 1 p.m. on Monday.
March 25, 2015
UMBC Softball Schedule Update; Retrievers Move DH Versus Morgan State
UMBC softball has moved its doubleheader against Morgan State, originally scheduled for Wednesday, April 8, back to Wednesday, April 29. First pitch is set for 2:30 p.m. at the UMBC Softball Stadium.
March 25, 2015
Team Effort Helps UMBC Softball Sweep UMES
UMBC softball batted .415 in Wednesday’s doubleheader against UMES en route to scoring 15 runs as the Retrievers defeated the Hawks in a pair of contests in non-conference action at the UMBC Softball Stadium.
March 24, 2015
UMBC Softball Entertains UMES in Midweek Doubleheader
After getting rained out in its America East opener over the weekend, UMBC softball returns to action on Wednesday, March 25 when the Retrievers host UMES in a midweek doubleheader. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. at the UMBC Softball Stadium.
March 23, 2015
UMBC Softball’s Neal Named America East Rookie of the Week
UMBC softball’s Emily Neal (Bear, Del./Caravel Academy) picked up her first America East Rookie of the Week honor, as announced by the conference office on Monday.
March 22, 2015
Field Conditions Force Sunday Cancellations for UMBC Softball
Due to wet field conditions at the UMBC Softball Stadium, the Retrievers were forced to cancel their Sunday doubleheader against Maine. A reschedule date has yet to be determined.
March 21, 2015
UMBC Softball Cancels Saturday Doubleheader Against Maine
Due to yesterday’s snow, UMBC softball has cancelled Saturday’s doubleheader against Maine at the UMBC Softball Stadium. Sunday’s single game has now been switched to a doubleheader with first pitch set for 2 p.m. at the UMBC Softball Stadium.
March 20, 2015
UMBC Softball Hosts Maine in America East Opening Series
UMBC softball opens its America East slate with a three-game series against Maine over the weekend. Due to expected precipitation in the Baltimore area on Friday, the series with begin with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday, March 21. The series will conclude with a single game at noon on Sunday at the UMBC Softball Stadium.
March 18, 2015
UMBC Softball Pushes Back Conference Opening Series
Due to expected rainfall in the Baltimore area on Friday, March 20, UMBC softball has pushed back its America East opening series against Maine to Saturday and Sunday.
March 18, 2015
UMBC Softball’s Pitching Helps Retrievers to Split Versus Lafayette
UMBC softball’s senior Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va./Cosby) and junior Danielle O’Neill (Lothian, Md./Southern) combined for six hits in 10 at bats and two runs batted in to help the Retrievers split Wednesday’s doubleheader against Lafayette. UMBC was edged out in game one, 1-0, but came back for the 4-2 victory in game two.
March 17, 2015
Softball Splits Against Mount St. Mary’s; Alexander Named AEC Rookie of the Week
UMBC softball split in a pair of doubleheaders against Mount St. Mary’s on Tuesday afternoon at UMBC Softball Stadium. The Retrievers defeated the Mount, 4-2, in game one, but Mount St. Mary’s came back with a 3-1 victory in game two.
March 16, 2015
Retriever Softball Goes Unbeaten in UMBC Spring Classic
The UMBC softball team concluded the UMBC Spring Classic with a perfect 4-0 record, after concluding a halted game with an 8-6 victory against Rhode Island and following with a 5-2 win versus the Rams. The Retrievers defeated Lafayette, 8-4, in the finale at UMBC Softball Stadium on Monday to improve to 6-9 on the season.
March 15, 2015
UMBC Spring Classic Updates* (Sunday)
Due to yesterday’s weather in the Baltimore area, the UMBC Spring Classic will have the following scheduled updates.
March 15, 2015
UMBC Defeats Siena, Leads Rhode Island Before Game is Halted
UMBC softball returned to action for the just the second time in the last two weeks and was able to come away with a 5-2 victory against Siena and posting an 8-6 lead versus Rhode Island in a halted game that will be continued on Monday at 1 p.m. at the UMBC Softball Stadium.
March 14, 2015
Saturday Contests for UMBC Spring Classic Cancelled
Due to weather in the Baltimore area, UMBC has been forced to cancel its Saturday games of the UMBC Spring Classic. The tournament will start on Sunday at 10 a.m. at the UMBC Softball Stadium.
March 13, 2015
Weather Forces Further Updates for UMBC Spring Classic
Due to soggy field conditions and incoming weather expected in the Baltimore area, the UMBC Spring Classic has received further updates. The Retrievers will host the five-team tournament from Saturday, March 14 through Monday, March 16 at UMBC Softball Stadium. The Retrievers will also host a pair of doubleheaders on Tuesday and Wednesday of Spring Break.
March 11, 2015
Timely Hits Costs UMBC Softball Versus Howard, 5-4
After a 10-day hiatus, UMBC softball struggled to get the timely hits, stranding 11 runners on base in a 5-4 loss to Howard in non-conference action on Wednesday afternoon at Nationals Junior Park.
March 10, 2015
Softball Cancels Tuesday, Reschedules Wednesday, UMBC Spring Classic Schedule Update
Due to field conditions, the UMBC softball team was forced to cancel its doubleheader against Delaware State on Tuesday, March 10 and reschedule its single game against Howard on Wednesday, March 11. The Retrievers will now face the Lady Bison at 1:30 p.m. in Washington, D.C., at Nationals Junior Park.
March 4, 2015
The 13th Annual UMBC Dawg Pound Invitational Cancelled
For the second straight weekend, UMBC will have to cancel its home tournament due to inclement weather in the Baltimore area that will make UMBC Softball Stadium unplayable. The 13th annual UMBC Dawg Pound Invitational was originally scheduled to take place on the campus of UMBC from Friday, March 6 through Sunday, March 8.
March 3, 2015
Softball’s Alexander Named America East Co-Player and Co-Rookie of the Week
UMBC softball’s Tori Alexander (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge Senior) garnered a pair of awards after helping the Retrievers to a 2-0 weekend, earning America East Co-Player and Co-Rookie of the Week honors, as announced by the conference office on Tuesday.
March 1, 2015
UMBC Softball Gets Rained Out of Sunday
UMBC softball was unable to get in its final two games of its trip to Georgia, as rain cancelled UMBC’s Sunday matchups against Morehead State and East Tennessee State.
February 28, 2015
UMBC Softball Sweeps A Pair of Games on Saturday
After not playing for two consecutive weekends, UMBC softball’s bats went nuts, scoring 19 runs on 17 hits en route to the Retrievers sweeping a pair of contests in non-conference action in Savannah, Ga., at Allen Paulsen Sports Complex. UMBC coasted to a 12-2 victory in five innings against Morehead State in game one, and came back in dramatic fashion to defeat East Tennessee State, 7-5, on a walk-off home run from senior Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va./Cosby).
February 26, 2015
Weather Forces UMBC Softball into Further Schedule Changes
The UMBC softball team has cancelled its doubleheader against North Carolina Central that was scheduled for Sunday, March 1, due to expected weather in the Durham, N.C. area. The Retrievers have also postponed their Tuesday, March 3 matchup against Morgan State due to field conditions at the UMBC Softball Stadium.
February 24, 2015
Softball Schedule Updates
The UMBC softball team has added four games to its 2015 schedule and has set a reschedule date for its Feb. 24 postponed contest against Mount St. Mary’s.
February 23, 2015
The 11th Annual UMBC Retriever Classic Cancelled for Softball
For the first time in 11 tries, the annual UMBC Retriever Classic has been cancelled. Due to recent weather in the Baltimore area, the UMBC Softball Stadium will be unplayable for the tournament, which was scheduled to take place Friday, Feb. 27 through Sunday, March 1.
February 19, 2015
Softball’s Home Opener Versus Mount St. Mary’s Postponed
UMBC softball was set to host Mount St. Mary’s in the Retrievers’ home opener on Tuesday, Feb. 24, but the game has been postponed due to weather.
February 17, 2015
Softball’s Games at Elon Phoenix Opening Tournament Get Cancelled
UMBC softball was slated to return to action in a four-game trip at the Elon Phoenix Opening Tournament on Feb. 20-21, with matchups against Youngstown State (DH), La Salle and the host Phoenix, but due to weather, the tournament has been cancelled.
February 14, 2015
Softball Strands Too Many Runners on Base on Final Day of UNC Wilmington Invitational
UMBC softball’s senior Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va./Cosby) went three-for-five from the dish with two runs batted in and two walks in day two of the UNC Wilmington Landfall Park Hampton Inn & Suites Invitational, but the Retrievers were unable to get the timely hits on Saturday afternoon as UMBC left 18 runners on base in a pair of losses at Boseman Field. The Retrievers missed their chance to avenge yesterday’s loss against Saint Joseph’s, falling in game one, 8-4, followed by a 4-2 defeat versus the host Seahawks in game two.
February 13, 2015
UMBC Softball Drops a Pair in Day One of UNC Wilmington Landfall Park Hampton Inn & Suites Invitational
UMBC softball’s freshman Toni Santonastasso (Galena, Ohio/Pope John XXIII Regional) drilled her first collegiate home run and finished the day 2-for-3 at the plate, but the Retrievers dropped both of their games on the opening day of the UNC Wilmington Landfall Park Hampton Inn & Suites Invitational. UMBC was edged out in a 3-0 loss to Georgetown in its opener and followed with a 13-2 loss in six innings versus Saint Joseph’s in the second game at Boseman Field.
February 12, 2015
Softball Travels to UNC Wilmington Landfall Park Hampton Inn & Suites Invitational
UMBC softball jumps back into action over the weekend when it travels to the UNC Wilmington Landfall Park Hampton Inn & Suites Invitational. The Retrievers open action with a pair of games on Friday, Feb. 13, followed by a pair of games on Saturday, Feb. 14. Sunday’s 12:30 p.m. game against the host Seahawks has been cancelled due to expected weather.
February 4, 2015
Softball Has High Aspirations for 2015; Retrievers Open vs. SIU in Charleston on Friday
After combining for two conference wins in the previous two seasons, UMBC softball set out to prove something in 2014, by posting its highest win total since 2009 (31-22) and registering a 20-win improvement from 2013. The 2015 Retrievers open play against Southern Illinois at the Charleston Southern Tournament on Friday at noon in Charleston, S.C.
February 2, 2015
Softball Adds Transfer for 2015 Season
UMBC Softball Head Coach Joe French has added freshman transfer Emily Neal (Bear, Del./Caravel Academy) to the roster for the 2015 season.
January 30, 2015
Softball Picked to Finish Fifth in the America East Coaches’ Preseason Poll
UMBC softball was picked to finish fifth in the annual America East Coaches’ Preseason Poll, as announced by the league office on Friday.
January 21, 2015
UMBC Softball’s Melanie Denischuk to be Inducted into UMBC Athletics Hall of Fame
BALTIMORE– UMBC softball’s Melanie Denischuk (2005-07) has been named as one of six former Retriever student-athletes that will be inducted into the UMBC Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, Jan. 31. A dinner and subsequent ceremony will take place, beginning at 6 p.m., at the Westin BWI Airport Hotel.
December 12, 2014
Softball Sets Date for Winter Clinic
UMBC softball has announced that it will host its annual winter clinic on Saturday, Jan. 31, running from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the UMBC RAC Field House.
December 9, 2014
French Honored at NFCA Convention
UMBC Softball Head Coach Joe French received recognition at the annual National Fastpitch Coaches Association after earning his 600th-career victory as a head softball coach during the 2014 campaign.
December 1, 2014
Joe French Signs Six to National Letters of Intent for UMBC Softball
UMBC Softball Head Coach Joe French has signed six players to National Letters of Intent to join the Retrievers for the 2016 season.
November 5, 2014
Softball Announces Challenging 2015 Schedule
UMBC Softball Head Coach Joe French released the Retrievers’ 2015 schedule, which features six straight tournaments to open the season, which is slated to start on Feb. 6. UMBC will go back to hosting its three annual tournaments, beginning with the 11th Annual UMBC Retriever Classic on Feb. 27-March 1.
October 15, 2014
Schedule Announced for the Sixth-Annual UMBC Scholastic Classic
UMBC Softball Head Coach Joe French has announced the schedule for the sixth-annual UMBC Scholastic Classic, a tournament that is open to all 16-U and 18-U travel softball teams.
October 11, 2014
Softball's Homecoming Schedule Update
Due to overnight and morning rain the UMBC slow pitch softball alumni game has been cancelled. The alumni tailgate will still take place at 11:30 a.m., prior to the UMBC men's soccer game.
August 25, 2014
Spots Available for the Sixth-Annual UMBC Scholastic Classic
UMBC Softball Head Coach Joe French is now accepting applications for the sixth-annual UMBC Scholastic Classic. The first ten teams entered and paid in full will be admitted to participate in this tournament that is open to all 16-U and 18-U travel softball teams.
August 15, 2014
Softball Announces Fall Schedule
UMBC head softball coach Joe French has set his 2014 fall slate, which includes a pair of home tournaments and the program’s annual alumni game.