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Softball Game at Binghamton to be Played Tuesday
Dana Shepherd ranks sixth in the country in doubles per game.
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A Look Ahead
The Bearcats are 5-25 on the season and 1-12 in America East action, with their lone conference victory coming at
Last Time vs. the Bearcats
The Retrievers shut out the Bearcats in both games of the doubleheader on April 11. Junior Ashley Gray and freshman Amanda Fefel combined to throw 10 scoreless innings and allowed just three hits. First baseman Melanie Denischuk, center fielder Kali Shirk and second baseman Dana Shepherd each went 3-for-6 at the plate. Denischuk drove in five runs and belted two doubles, while Shepherd scored four runs and Shirk posted three RBI.
Shepherd, Shirk, Denischuk and shortstop Reilly Ward are climbing UMBC’s career charts in a number of offensive categories. Ward and Shepherd are nearing their 200th career hits, as Ward ranks seventh with 184 and Shepherd is eighth with 180. In addition, Ward ranks second all-time in career doubles with 46, and she is tied with Denischuk for second all-time in home runs with 29 each.
Ward also ranks among UMBC’s all-time top 10 in walks (2nd, 84), extra-base hits (T-2nd, 173), RBIs (3rd, 133), games played (4th, 220), games started (4th, 218), at-bats (5th, 647) and runs (T-5th, 123).
Shepherd also ranks among UMBC’s all-time leaders in runs (T-5th, 123), doubles (T-6th, 36), home runs (7th, 18), extra-base hits (7th, 58), RBIs (10th, 96) and stolen bases (10th, 37).
Denischuk ranks among UMBC’s top 10 in RBIs (6th, 117) and walks (9th, 52). Shirk is among UMBC’s leaders in stolen bases (3rd, 64), triples (T-8th, 6), runs (9th, 113), walks (10th, 50) and hits (11th, 160).
Double Your Pleasure
Shepherd has hit 15 doubles this season, the seventh-highest single season total in UMBC history. She leads the America East in the category and ranks sixth in the nation with 0.41 doubles per game.
Though not on pace to match last season’s monster power numbers, the Retrievers still lead the America East with 44 home runs and rank 10th in the country with 1.28 homers per game. Fefel’s 10 round-trippers – tied for the eighth-most in a season ever by a Retriever – lead the conference and rank 19th in the NCAA
The Retrievers posted shutouts in a school-record five straight games from April 11-14 and did not allow a run for 30 consecutive innings. Gray ran her personal scoreless streak to 24 innings before allowing a run in the fourth in the first game of the
500 Wins for UMBC
UMBC’s second win against
200 Wins for French
In his sixth season at UMBC, head coach Joe French earned his 200th victory at the Retriever helm on March 31 against
A number of Retrievers have earned America East performer of the week honors. Most recently, sophomore outfielder Krista Kearns was named co-Player of the Week on April 17 after hitting .571 and slugging 1.429 in six games. That same day, Gray was tabbed Pitcher of the Week after going 4-0 with a microscopic 0.25 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 28.0 innings of work. A week earlier, Shirk earned Player of the Week honors after hitting .643, slugging 1.286 and scoring six runs.
On March 26, Gray was tabbed Player of the Week and Fefel garnered Pitcher and Rookie of the Week honors. Gray hit .429 with three homers, eight RBI and eight runs scored and also posted a 1-1 record with a 1.11 ERA. Fefel went 3-0 with a 1.24 ERA and also hit .333 with three home runs and 10 RBI. Fefel also earned Rookie of the Week on March 12 after hitting .333 and posting a 1.81 ERA.
Retrievers in NCAA
In addition to ranking 10th in home runs and 13th in doubles, UMBC ranks in the top 20 in the nation in scoring (13th, 6.09 runs per game) and slugging percentage (13th, .509). The Retrievers’ 2.10 ERA ranks 50th and their .302 batting average is 38th.
Shepherd ranks 10th in the NCAA in runs per game (1.09), Gray is 24th in ERA (1.24) and Denischuk is 28th in RBI per game (1.0).