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UMBC Softball Notebook: Alumni Game, Fall Schedule Announced
Softball coach Joe French announced the Retrievers' fall schedule.
Baltimore-UMBC softball coach Joe French announced the annual softball Alumni Game will take place on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 2:30 p.m. as part of Homecoming Weekend. All softball alumni dating to the inaugural 1991 team coached by Catherine Lavery are encouraged to attend as participants or spectators.
This season marks the five-year anniversary of the 2001-02 Retriever team which won a school-record 47 games and advanced to the NCAA Regionals, picking up a win against Liberty in the national tournament after winning a best-of-three play-in series against Bethune-Cookman. The 2001-02 team included the top three players on UMBC’s career hits list in Kristie Pickeral (263), Deanna Vecchio (258) and Lisa Boone (249).
With the second-most wins in program history, the Retrievers (46-20) set numerous school records in 2006, including hits, runs scored and home runs, and first baseman Melanie Denischuk set new single-season records for home runs, RBIs and total bases.
UMBC has compiled an overall record of 474-351-1 (.575) in its 16-year softball history, with five 40-plus win seasons: 1995 (41), 1997 (42), 2002 (47), 2003 (40) and 2006 (46). With 186 wins, French is the program’s all-time winningest coach.
ATTENTION ALUMNI: As part of the university’s 40th Anniversary, UMBC athletics is in search of all former student-athletes. In a commitment to UMBC’s past history and its future, the athletic department has set a goal to get in touch with all former athletic alumni in order to make future alumni events, such as alumni games, as successful as possible. Please e-mail Coach French at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, phone number, address, e-mail address and current employment. In addition, please include a short blurb about what you have been doing since leaving UMBC for a new softball newsletter starting in the near future.
FALL SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED: French also announced the Fall 2006 softball schedule, which includes two tournaments at the
Saturday, Sept. 16 at UMBC
11:00 a.m. UMBC vs.
Saturday, Sept. 23 at UMBC
11:00 a.m. UMBC vs. George Washington
Saturday, Sept. 30 at
3:00 p.m. James Madison vs.
5:00 p.m. UMBC vs.
7:00 p.m. James Madison vs. UMBC
Saturday, Oct. 14 at
1:00 p.m. UMBC vs.
Saturday, Oct. 21 at UMBC
2:30 p.m. Alumni Game
Sunday, Oct. 22 at UMBC
11:00 a.m. George Mason
SADOWL ENJOYING SUCCESS OVERSEAS: Former UMBC pitcher Amy Sadowl has spent the summer pitching in the
“The whole experience was really neat,” Sadowl said. “It was interesting to see how other people approach softball and it was good to see people from all over the world really enjoy playing the game.”
Sadowl returns to Onze Gezellen when the team’s season picks up again this weekend. The league has been on “summer stop” throughout August while the national team competes. Onze Gezellen has six games remaining and is currently in third place in the league.
RETRIEVERS RANKED NATIONALLY: Several Retrievers were ranked nationally in various statistical categories at the end of the 2006 season. First baseman Melanie Denischuk led the nation with 1.28 RBI per game, as she drove in 82 runs in 64 games. Denischuk also ranked second in home runs per game (0.38, 24 total), third in slugging percentage (.880) and 13th in batting average (.432), tying with teammate Courtney O’Hara. Center fielder Kali Shirk was second in the nation in stolen bases per game (0.63, 41 total) and 29th in runs per game (0.88, 57 total).
As a team, UMBC ranked second in the nation in scoring with 6.71 runs per game (443 total), third in slugging percentage (.530), fourth in home runs per game (1.26, 83 total) and fifth in batting average (.321). In addition, the Retrievers’ 1.47 doubles per game (97 total) ranked 11th, their .697 winning percentage (46-20) ranked 33rd and their 1.24 stolen bases per game (82 total) ranked 42nd.