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SOFTBALL HOSTS FOURTH ANNUAL UMBC SPRING CLASSIC THIS WEEKEND
Stevie Shore and the Retrievers host the Fourth annual Spring Classic this weekend.
The Retrievers are off to their best start in school history at 21-6 and have won 20 of their last 23 games… 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. French now has 160 wins in his UMBC career… The Retrievers have outscored their opponents, 194-93, and out-hit them, 233-184, through 27 games, holding a .322 team batting average and scoring 7.2 runs per game…
Sophomore Kali Shirk (
Twelve different Retrievers have hit home runs this season, a new UMBC record. Freshman Courtney O’Hara (
Junior Reilly Ward (Olney, Md./Sherwood) has hit five home runs this season to give her 21 in her career, third-most ever at UMBC. Ward has also joined the Retriever top-10 list in several other categories, including doubles (T-7th, 29), extra-base hits (5th, 50) and RBI (8th, 88). She also reached the 100-hit milestone with her first hit in the UMBC Kickoff Classic title game against
Junior Melanie Denischuk (Poway, Calif./Hugh Sutherland (Carstairs, Alberta)/Indian River CC/Auburn) leads the team in most offensive categories, including batting average (.425), RBI (37), hits (34), home runs (8), total bases (63), slugging percentage (.787) and on-base average (.515). Her eight homers tie Ray and Kristie Pickeral for the seventh-most in a single season in UMBC history...
Senior Lauren Nicholson (Audubon, N.J./Paul VI) is off to the best start of her career at 9-0, giving her a UMBC-record 47 wins in four years. Senior Amy Sadowl (
Nicholson and freshman Krista Kearns (
On the Brown Bears:
The Bears are 4-8 on the season and coming off a 2-4 weekend at the
The Purple Eagles are 8-6 on the season and coming off a 2-3 weekend at the Delaware State Bash at the Beach, where they were defeated by UMBC, 10-9, on the first day of competition...
On the Sacred Heart Pioneers:
The Pioneers are 4-10 on the season after being swept by
The Terriers are 1-17 on the season and are coming off a 1-4 weekend at the Delaware State Bash at the Beach... Their only win of the season came against the host Hornets on March 18, a 7-5 8-inning victory... Janine Valentin leads the team with a .349 average and 15 hits... Amanda Havdoglous has posted a team-best 6.82 ERA and 16 strikeouts, and she picked up the win against
Fourth Annual UMBC Spring Classic
Friday, March 24, 2006 – Pool Play
9:30 a.m. Niagara vs. St. Francis (N.Y.)
12:00 p.m. Brown vs. St. Francis (N.Y.) - CCBC-Catonsville
1:30 p.m. UMBC vs. Sacred Heart
3:30 p.m. UMBC vs. St. Francis (N.Y.)
Saturday, March 25, 2006 – Pool Play
8:15 a.m. Niagara vs. Brown
10:10 a.m. Sacred Heart vs. Brown
12:05 p.m. UMBC vs.
2:00 p.m. UMBC vs. Brown
3:55 p.m. Sacred Heart vs. St. Francis (N.Y.)
Sunday, March 26, 2006 – Bracket Play
9:00 a.m. No. 4 Seed vs. No. 5 Seed
11:00 a.m. No. 2 Seed vs. No. 3 Seed
1:00 p.m. No. 1 Seed vs. Winner of Nos. 4/5 Seed
3:00 p.m. Championship Game