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SOFTBALL ON ROAD FOR THREE AMERICA EAST GAMES AGAISNT VERMONT
Kali Shirk ranks second in the nation in steals per game.
A Look Ahead
The Catamounts are in seventh place in the America East with a 12-19 overall record and a 3-8 league mark after taking two of three from Stony Brook last weekend. Whitney Borisenok leads the team with a .325 batting average and 12 RBI, while Kate Ramsey is tops with four home runs and Kate Haber ranks first with 14 runs scored and 16 steals. Haber ranks ninth in the NCAA with 0.62 steals per game. Aimee Kern has posted a team-best 1.91 ERA and 123 strikeouts with a 10-9 record. She shut out the Seawolves twice last weekend.
Last Time vs. the Catamounts
The Retrievers took the first meeting of the season, 2-0, in the Dawg Pound Tournament. Freshman Krista Kearns blanked the Catamounts on three hits while striking out eight. UMBC scored single runs in the third and fifth off
Junior first baseman Melanie Denischuk has shattered the school single-season home run and RBI records. Her 22 homers on the season surpass Lauren Hebb’s previous mark of 15, which was set in 2003. In addition, she has 78 RBI on the season, surpassing Kristie Pickeral’s 59 in 2003.
Denischuk’s 22 roundtrippers are tied for the most in the NCAA this season with Louisiana-Lafayette’s Danyele Gomez. In addition, her 0.45 home runs per game rank second in the country to only Gomez. Denischuk also leads the nation in RBI (78) and RBI per game (1.59), and she ranks second in slugging percentage (.979) and seventh in batting average (.473).
In addition, sophomore catcher
Three 2006 Retrievers rank among the top five in single-season home run totals. In addition to Denischuk’s record 22, Shore’s 13 rank third and Ward’s 12 tie her total last year, as well as Pickeral’s 2003 total for fourth-most.
Fourteen different Retrievers have hit home runs this season, a new UMBC record. Freshman outfielder Courtney O’Hara was the 10th player to homer in 2006, breaking the old mark of nine set in 2003 with an inside-the park home run in the second game of a doubleheader against LaSalle on March 14. The Retrievers also set a new record with 79 home runs, surpassing the old school mark of 42 set last season.
Ward Climbs Charts
Ward has hit 12 home runs this season to give her 28 in her career, second-most ever at UMBC. Ward has also joined the Retriever top-10 list in several other categories, including hits (10th, 149), runs (7th, 97), doubles (T-4th, 37), extra-base hits (3rd, 65) and RBI (6th, 112).
After stealing a school-record 45 consecutive bases to start her career, sophomore center fielder Kali Shirk was caught stealing for the first time in her career on March 24. She is now 38-for-40 on the season, tied for the third-highest single-season total in school history, and she ranks fourth all-time with 55 steals. Shirk ranks second in the NCAA in steals per game in 2006. The 45 consecutive stolen bases ranks 10th all-time in NCAA history.
With 28 runs over two games in the doubleheader sweep of
Retrievers in the NCAA
In addition to home runs and scoring, UMBC ranks among the national leaders in several other categories, including doubles (6th), batting average (3rd), winning percentage (20th) and slugging percentage (2nd).
The Retrievers have broken six team records this season. In addition to runs scored and home runs, the 2006 Retrievers have toppled school marks in extra-base hits (176), RBI (363), walks (192) and total bases (839).
Several Retrievers are also moving up the single-season charts, as well. In addition to holding the home run and RBI records, Denischuk set a new mark in total bases (143) and is tied for the most-ever extra-base hits in a season (30). She also ranks seventh in hits (69). Ward and Shore are tied for seventh with 48 RBI in 2006, and sophomore shortstop Dana Shepherd’s 41 RBI rank 10th. Ward and Shore are fifth and seventh, respectively, in extra-base hits, and Ward’s 14 doubles are tied for sixth.
K is for
Senior Lauren Nicholson is off to the best start of her career at 15-1, giving her a UMBC-record 53 wins in four years. Senior Amy Sadowl started the second game against
Five Retrievers have posted double-digit hit streaks this season. Shepherd’s 20-gamer is the longest in 2006 and the third-longest in school history. Senior Jessica Griffith owns the longest current hit streak at nine games, which dates to the second game of the
Player of the Year Watch
Denischuk was named one of 25 finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award. The list will be cut to 10 on May 10, and three finalists will be named on May 31. The final three players will travel to
UMBC has won six of its last seven games after Tuesday’s doubleheader sweep over