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Softball Hosts Fourth Annual UMBC Dawg Pound Tournament This Weekend
Ashley Gray is batting .421 during her seven-game hitting streak.
BALTIMORE--- The UMBC Softball team (3-7) will host the Fourth Annual UMBC Dawg Pound Tournament this weekend. Brown (1-3), Canisius (2-0) and
Friday, March 7
8:30 a.m. Canisius vs. Brown
10:15 a.m. Canisius vs.
12:00 p.m. UMBC vs.
1:45 p.m. UMBC vs. Brown
Saturday, March 8
TBA UMBC vs. Canisius
Sunday, March 9
TBA No. 1 Seed vs. No. 4 Seed
TBA No. 2 Seed vs. No. 3 Seed
TBA Championship Game
TBA Consolation Game
Last Time Out: The Retrievers split a doubleheader with George Washington in their home opener, dropping the first game, 3-1, before winning the second, 5-0. Game one featured solid pitching on both sides, as both pitchers went the distance. UMBC freshman Stephanie Weigman (Elkridge, Md./Archbishop Spalding) suffered the loss after allowing eight hits, including two homers, while senior designated player Ashley Gray (Pasadena, Md./Northeast/Delaware State) hit her first home run of the season. Sophomore Amanda Fefel (
On the Bears: Brown enters this weekend with a 1-3 record after the season-opening Lady Bucs Invitational at
UMBC vs. Brown All-Time: The Retrievers lead the all-time series, 5-1, with the lone loss coming in the 2006 UMBC Spring Classic. The teams played four times in a span of five days that year, with the Retrievers winning three times.
On the Golden Griffins: Canisius enters the weekend with a 2-0 record after opening the season with a pair of wins over UMBC and George Washington at the GW Colonial Classic last weekend. The Golden Griffins advanced to the 2007 NCAA Tournament as the champions of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), and they were predicted to repeat in the league’s preseason poll. Shortstop Katie Miranto was named the 2008 MAAC Preseason Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. She was joined on the preseason all-conference team by outfielder Jenny Maheu and third baseman Cameron Norton. Canisius returns 10 players from the team that finished last season 27-21 overall and 12-4 in league play.
UMBC vs. Canisius All-Time: The Golden Griffins lead the all-time series, 3-1. The teams met last weekend, when Canisius defeated UMBC, 5-2, at the GW Colonial Classic. Juliette Bowers picked up the victory for Canisius with four scoreless innings in relief. The Golden Griffins scored all five of their runs in the third inning, with the big blows coming on a two-run single by first baseman Cameron Norton and back-to-back RBI doubles by shortstop Ashley Bonetto and catcher Michelle Fridey. Sophomore first baseman Amanda Fefel and freshman left fielder Julia Culotta (Street, Md./North Harford/Tennessee) had RBIs for the Retrievers. Bonetto led the Griffins at the plate on the weekend, going 3-for-6.
On the Blue Devils:
Shepherd Named Candidate for Senior CLASS Award: UMBC senior shortstop Dana Shepherd (
Softball Picked Third in Preseason Poll: The UMBC softball team was predicted to finish third in the America East Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The Retrievers received one first place vote and 35 overall points in a vote of the league’s head coaches.
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 195 after knocking three hits at the George Washington Colonial Classic last weekend. She also became just the eighth Retriever ever with 300 total bases with her home run against the GW on March 2, and she now has 303 total bases in her career.
Two-Way Threat: Sophomore Amanda Fefel has started the season hot at the plate and on the mound. She leads the Retrievers offensively with a .414 batting average, a .455 on-base percentage, 12 hits and 14 total bases. She has also posted a 2-0 record and a team-best 2.13 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 23 innings of work.