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DENISCHUK, SHIRK NAMED CO-MVPS, KEARNS TABBED MOST OUTSTANDING PITCHER OF UMBC DAWG POUND TOURNAMENT
Krista Kearns was 3-0 with a 1.14 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 12.1 innings at the UMBC Dawg Pound Tournament.
Baltimore, Md.-First baseman Melanie Denischuk and center fielder Kali Shirk were named co-MVPs of the Second Annual UMBC Dawg Pound Tournament, and freshman Krista Kearns was tabbed Most Outstanding Pitcher. In all, six Retrievers were named to the all-tournament team, which was announced Monday.
In the six games on the weekend, Denischuk hit .562 (9-for-16) with four runs scored, two home runs, 11 RBI and 16 total bases. She held a 1.000 slugging percentage and reached base at a .579 clip, and she drove in the game-winning run with a double in the championship game against St. Francis (
Shirk led the Retrievers with 10 hits and 11 runs scored on the weekend, as she hit .476 (10-for-21) and posted two doubles, two home runs, 18 total bases and four RBI. She also stole five bases, held an .857 slugging percentage and a .476 on-base average.
Other Retrievers on the all-tournament team were third baseman Reilly Ward, who hit two home runs, scored twice and drove in eight, and also stole two bases on the weekend; second baseman Ashlea Underwood, who hit .333 with a home run and three RBI and a .467 on-base percentage; and senior Lauren Nicholson, who was 1-0 in the circle with a 2.03 ERA in 10.1 innings. Nicholson allowed just three runs and walked three while striking out 11 while facing tournament runner-up St. Francis (
Other all-tournament honorees were Kelly Slingwine, Kara Stroup, Angela Rocco and Nicole Bender from St. Francis; Tracy Javier, Nayrobi Nicholas and Jennifer Bien-Aime from Howard; Kate Haber, Whitney Borisenok and Aimee Kern from Vermont; and Kendra Saunders from UMES.
UMBC won the Dawg Pound Tournament with a perfect 6-0 record on the weekend. St. Francis (Pa.) was the runner-up at 4-2. Vermont and Howard were both 2-3, and UMES was 0-5.
The Retrievers return to action Tuesday, March 14, when they head to Camden, N.J., to take on LaSalle in a doubleheader at the Rutgers-Camden Community Park.
UMBC Dawg Pound Tournament All-Tournament Team
Co-MVP: Melanie Denischuk, UMBC
Co-MVP: Kali Shirk, UMBC
Most Outstanding Pitcher: Krista Kearns, UMBC
Nichole Bender, St. Francis (
Jennifer Bien-Aime, Howard
Melanie Denischuk, UMBC
Tracy Javier, Howard
Krista Kearns, UMBC
Nayrobi Nicholas, Howard
Lauren Nicholson, UMBC
Angela Rocco, St. Francis (
Kendra Saunders, UMES
Kali Shirk, UMBC
Kelly Slingwine, St. Francis (
Kara Stroup, St. Francis (
Ashlea Underwood, UMBC
Reilly Ward, UMBC