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Maryland, Bucknell, GW On Tap for UMBC Softball
Dana Shepherd is nearing some offensive career milestones.
BALTIMORE—The UMBC softball team (1-3) will play three doubleheaders over the next six days, as the Retrievers face in-state rival Maryland on Thursday at 2 p.m. in College Park, then face Bucknell in the home opener on Saturday at 1 p.m. before hosting George Washington on Tuesday at 1 p.m.
A Look Back: UMBC opened the season last weekend at the UNC-Greensboro Spartan Classic, where they went 1-3. The Retrievers seemingly could not get their bats going, as they hit .170 as a team. Sophomore third baseman Emily Thompson (Niagara Falls, N.Y./Niagara Falls) and sophomore first baseman Amanda Fefel (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) led the Retrievers’ offense on the weekend, as Thompson went 5-for-12 (.417) with two doubles and three RBI, while Fefel went 4-for-11 (.364) with a triple, two RBI and three runs scored. Senior Ashly Gray (
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Game 2 – Central Michigan 8, UMBC 3: The Retrievers took an early 3-0 lead, but a seven-run third for Central Michigan doomed UMBC and freshman pitcher Stephanie Weigman (Elkridge, Md./Archbishop Spalding). With two outs and a run already in, six straight Chippewas reached base, with the big blow coming on a grand slam by pinch hitter Amanda Klosterman. Sophomore Amanda Fefel relieved Weigman to start the fourth and surrendered a leadoff homer but only allowed one more hit the rest of the way. The Retrievers got two runs back in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI groundout by designated player Ashley Gray and a run-scoring triple by Fefel.
Game 3 – UNC-Greensboro 3, UMBC 0: The Spartans got single runs in the first, second and fourth innings. After an unearned run crossed the plate in the first, UNCG got three straight one-out hits, including a double and an RBI single that made the score 2-0. UNCG then manufactured a run in the fourth. Senior Ashley Gray pitched another complete game but again suffered the hard luck loss. She struck out three and walked just two. Third baseman Emily Thompson picked up the Retrievers’ only extra-base hit of the game, a double in the seventh.
Game 4 – UMBC 4, James Madison 3: Neither team scored through the first three innings but the Dukes struck first, plating three runs in the top of the fourth on two walks and three hits, including RBI doubles by third baseman Amber Kirk and designated hitter Shannon Moxey and an RBI single by second baseman Kaitlyn Wernsing. The Retrievers, who had gone down in order in each of the first three innings, answered back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single by first baseman Ashley Gray and a two-run double by third baseman Emily Thompson that tied the game. The score remained knotted until the sixth, when Fefel led off the inning with a single and reached third on a two-base error by the right fielder. She then came around to score what proved to be the winning run a batter later on a single by freshman center fielder Julia Culotta (Street, Md./North Harford/Tennessee). Stephanie Weigman bounced back from her rough debut to pick up her first collegiate win, as she pitched three scoreless innings in relief, allowing just one hit and two walks. Four different Retrievers accounted for UMBC’s four hits in the game.
On the Terps:
Last Time vs. the Terps: The Retrievers dropped both games of last season’s doubleheader at UMBC Softball Stadium. The Terps pounded out 13 hits in the first game, winning 12-3.
On the Bison: Bucknell is 1-4 on the season after the season-opening Longwood Leadoff Classic last weekend, with the victory coming against
Last Time vs. the Bison: Bucknell defeated the Retrievers, 5-4, in last season’s UMBC Dawg Pound Tournament. UMBC held a 4-3 lead for six innings, but the Bison got two in the top of the seventh to win the game. The Retrievers scored all four runs in the bottom of the second, with the big blows coming on a two-run homer by catcher Krissy Licursi and an RBI double by center fielder Kali Shirk (North Wales, Pa./North Penn). The previous day, the Retrievers defeated the Bison, 5-3.
UMBC vs. Bucknell All-Time: The Retrievers lead the all-time series, 7-3. Prior to last season’s loss, UMBC had defeated the Bison four straight times. The series dates back to 1991, and Bucknell is 2-4 in
On the Colonials: George Washington is 2-3 on the season after the season-opening Carolina Classic Feb. 8-10, and the Colonials have not played since. Outfielder Jackie Yaniga, the reigning Atlantic-10 Player of the Week, leads GW with a .563 batting average, but the Colonials, who are hitting .398 as a team, boast seven players who are batting .300 or better. Catcher Elisa Van Kirk leads the team with two homers and eight RBI. Amanda Gabriel has pitched the majority of the Colonials’ innings this season and holds a 3.13 ERA. George Washington was selected to finish seventh in the A-10.
Last Time vs. the Colonials: The teams split a doubleheader last season in
UMBC vs. George Washington All-Time: Last season’s doubleheader was the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
Milestone Watch: Senior shortstop Dana Shepherd is on the verge of becoming just the sixth player in UMBC history to record 200 career hits. She currently has 191 after last weekend’s games. She is also close to becoming the eighth Retriever ever with 300 total bases, as she currently has 296.