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SOFTBALL OPENS AMERICA EAST PLAY AT HARTFORD THIS WEEKEND
Kali Shirk and the Retrievers open America East play this weekend.
Fourteen different Retrievers have hit home runs this season, a new UMBC record. Freshman Courtney O’Hara (
Junior Reilly Ward (Olney, Md./Sherwood) has hit seven home runs this season to give her 23 in her career, second-most ever at UMBC. Her two homers against Brown on Thursday moved her past Taryn McDonald into sole possession of second place on UMBC’s all-time list. Ward has also joined the Retriever top-10 lists in several other categories, including doubles (7th, 31), extra-base hits (5th, 54) and RBI (7th, 96). 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 (.444), RBI (50), hits (48), home runs (12), total bases (89) and slugging percentage (.824). Her 12 homers tie Ward and Kristie Pickeral for second-most in a single season at UMBC and leave her just three away from Lauren Hebb’s school record 15. Her 50 RBI also tie for the third-highest single-season total in school history.
After stealing a school-record 45 consecutive bases to start her career, sophomore Kali Shirk (
Senior Lauren Nicholson (Audubon, N.J./Paul VI) is off to the best start of her career at 10-1, giving her a UMBC-record 48 wins in four years. Senior Amy Sadowl (
K’s for Kearns
Freshman Krista Kearns (