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SOFTBALL COMPETES IN DELAWARE STATE BASH AT THE BEACH THIS WEEKEND
Lauren Nicholson is 6-0 on the season and holds the UMBC record with 44 career victories.
Baltimore, Md.-The UMBC softball team travels to
Other teams competing at the Bash at the Beach, which is divided into four pools, are
The Retrievers are off to one of the best starts in program history at 16-5 on the season and have won 15 of their last 17 games… Sophomore center fielder Kali Shirk (
The Retrievers have put on a power show early on this season, smashing 28 home runs in their first 21 games, including at least one by 11 different players, a new UMBC record. The 2003 Retrievers had nine different players with a home run. Freshman Courtney O’Hara (
Junior third baseman Reilly Ward (Olney, Md./Sherwood) has hit five homers to give her 21 in her career, moving her just one behind Taryn McDonald for second place all-time in UMBC history.
1. Kristie Pickeral 40
2. Taryn McDonald 22
3. Reilly Ward 21
Shirk has a career-high 23 steals on the season, the sixth-best single-season total in UMBC history. She is also a perfect 40-for-40 on the base paths in her career, a school record for most consecutive successful stolen bases and tied for sixth all-time for career steals. Shirk stole 17 bases in all of 2005, now the seventh-best total in team history. Her 23 steals this year ranks sixth in a single season for the Retrievers.
1. Deanna Vecchio 135
2. Amy Wolff 79
3. Sue Feliciano 57
4. Lisa Boone 44
5. Taryn McDonald 41
6. Sarah Colea 40
Kali Shirk 40
8. Stacy Reynolds 34
1. Sue Feliciano 47 1993
2. Deanna Vecchio 40 2000
3. Amy Wolff 38 1997
4. Deanna Vecchio 33 ‘99, ‘02
5. Deanna Vecchio 29 2001
6. Kali Shirk 23 2006
7. Lisa Boone 17 2002
Kali Shirk 17 2005
Senior Lauren Nicholson (Audubon, N.J./Paul VI) is 6-0 on the season, giving her 44 career wins and move her out of a three-way tie with Sadowl and Crystal Ray for the all-time lead in UMBC history. With three wins on the season, senior Amy Sadowl (
1. Lauren Nicholson 44
2. Amy Sadowl 41
3. Crystal Ray 38
Freshman Krista Kearns (
French is Tops
Head coach Joe French became UMBC’s all-time winningest softball coach with the Retrievers’ 9-0 win over UMES on the second day of the UMBC Dawg Pound Tournament last weekend. The victory was the 153rd of his career, which surpassed Joy Figueroa’s 152. French has 156 wins heading into the Bash at the Beach.
As a collegiate coach in all sports, including softball, women’s basketball and tennis, French has 581 career victories and needs just 19 more to reach the 600 milestone.
The Retrievers have played in three tournaments over the first three weekends of the season. They won the consolation championship at the season-opening UNC-Wilmington Seahawk Classic. Ward and Shirk 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.
The next weekend, the Retrievers opened their home schedule with the Second Annual UMBC Kickoff Classic, and they were crowned champions of the tournament with a perfect 5-0 record. Senior Jessica Griffith (
Nine other Retrievers were named to the all-tournament team, including Kearns, Boyd, Sadowl, Nicholson, Denischuk, Ward, Shore, senior second baseman Ashlea Underwood (Visalia, Calif./Central Valley Christian/Reedley JC), and sophomore shortstop Dana Shepherd (Columbia, Md./Oakland Mills).
As a team, the Retrievers batted .368 (50-for-136) and out-scored opponents 46-7. The pitchers posted a stellar 1.17 ERA and held opponents to a .151 batting average, allowing just 16 hits in 30 innings.
Finally, UMBC won its own Dawg Pound Tournament last weekend with a perfect 6-0 mark. Denischuk and Shirk were named co-MVPs, and
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 Ward, Underwood and Nicholson.
After this weekend’s Bash at the Beach, the Retrievers host another tournament, next weekend’s UMBC Spring Classic.
St. Francis is 7-12 on the season after going 4-2 at UMBC’s Dawg Pound Tournament last weekend. Both losses were at the hands of the Retrievers, including a 5-4 defeat in the championship game. Second baseman Kelly Slingwine was named Northeast Conference Player of the Week after leading the Red Flash to their second-place finish. She hit .560 (14-for-25) with four three-hit games and four extra-base hits. Slingwine, Nicole Bender, Angela Rocco and Kara Stroup were all named to the all-tournament team. The Red Flash’s seven wins are just two shy of last year’s total. They are 7-4 since beginning the season 0-8 with a tough southern schedule.
The Hawks are 3-11 on the season and are led at the plate by Dani Gonzales, who is hitting .311 with five doubles and seven RBI. In the circle, Lauren Cognigni has posted a team-best 3.65 ERA, 63 strikeouts and .212 opponent batting average in eight appearances.
On the Drexel Dragons:
Drexel is 3-7 on the year and has lost three of its last four games. Christina Rodriguez leads the team with a .405 average, and Lena Aiken has a team-best eight RBI. Amanda Heyser is tops with a 3.69 ERA and 27 strikeouts in the circle.