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RETRIEVER SOFTBALL HOSTS SECOND ANNUAL UMBC KICKOFF CLASSIC THIS WEEKEND
Ashlea Underwood leads the Retrievers with a .417 batting average.
Baltimore, Md.-The Retriever softball team opens its home schedule this weekend, hosting the Second Annual UMBC Kickoff Classic March 3-5. Quinnipiac,
Last year’s Kickoff Classic was cancelled due to snowstorms that hit
UMBC is 4-3 on the season and has won three in a row... The Retrievers were crowned the consolation champions of last weekend’s UNC-Wilmington Seahawk Classic. Sophomore Kali Shirk and junior Reilly Ward were named to the all-tournament team, as Shirk hit .353 (6-for-17) in six games with five runs scored and nine steals, while Ward crushed two home runs… Senior Ashlea Underwood is hitting .417 (5-for-12) to lead the Retrievers. The second baseman hit her first collegiate homer in UMBC’s 9-5 win over George Mason on Tuesday… Sophomore Dana Shepherd is batting .462 (6-for-13) with five runs scored during her current four-game hit streak. The shortstop is hitting .375 (9-for-24) on the season… Junior Melanie Denischuk and sophomore
The Retrievers have put on a power show early on, smashing nine home runs in their first seven games, including two each by Denischuk, Ward and Shore. Ward’s two homers give her 18 in her career, moving her four behind Taryn McDonald for second place in UMBC history.
1. Kristie Pickeral 40
2. Taryn McDonald 22
3. Reilly Ward 18
Shirk is a perfect 10-for-10 on the base paths and is now 27-for-27 in stolen base attempts to start her career, a UMBC record. She moves into eighth place all-time at UMBC, just seven behind Stacy Reynolds for seventh place. Shirk has stolen at least one base in six of the Retrievers’ first seven games of the season, and she has swiped three bases twice.
1. Deanna Vecchio 135
2. Amy Wolff 79
3. Sue Feliciano 57
4. Lisa Boone 44
5. Taryn McDonald 41
6. Sarah Colea 40
7. Stacy Reynolds 34
8. Kali Shirk 27
Senior Lauren Nicholson is 3-0 on the season to give her 41 career wins and move her out of a three-way tie with Crystal Ray and teammate Amy Sadowl for the all-time lead in UMBC history. Sadowl, a senior, moved into second place with her 39th career victory. She has posted a team-best 2.55 ERA on the season.
1. Lauren Nicholson 41
2. Amy Sadowl 39
Freshman Krista Kearns leads UMBC with 16 strikeouts. She recorded her first collegiate save against Delaware State in the final game of the Seahawk Classic, when she allowed one run but settled down to strike out the side on just 10 pitches to the heart of the Hornets’ lineup.
On the Coppin State Eagles:
Coppin State opens its season this weekend at the UMBC Kickoff Classic and will take on Quinnipiac at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the first game of the tournament. The Eagles will face
On the Quinnipiac Bobcats:
Quinnipiac is 1-2 to start the 2006 season... The Bobcats will face
Second Annual UMBC Kick-Off Classic
Friday, March 3, 2006 – Pool Play
10:30 a.m. Quinnipiac vs. Coppin State
12:30 p.m. Quinnipiac vs.
2:30 p.m. Coppin State vs.
Saturday, March 4, 2006 – Pool Play
10:30 a.m. UMBC vs. Coppin State
12:30 p.m. UMBC vs. Quinnipiac
2:30 p.m. UMBC vs.
Sunday, March 5, 2006 – Bracket Play
9:00 a.m. No. 2 Seed vs. No. 3 Seed
11:00 a.m. No. 1 Seed vs. No. 4 Seed
1:00 p.m. Championship Game
3:00 p.m. Consolation
For updates on the tournament, check www.umbcretrievers.com or call the UMBC softball office at 410-455-1325 or UMBC head coach Joe French at 443-454-9103.