Tuesday Softball Doubleheader vs. Georgetown Postponed; Retrievers to Host Hoyas Wednesday at 2 p.m.
Ashley Gray drove in nine runs in 11 at-bats last week.
BALTIMORE—UMBC’s softball doubleheader against Georgetown, originally scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, has been postponed due to rainy conditions in the Baltimore area. The teams will now meet Wednesday at 2 p.m. at UMBC Softball Stadium. The Retrievers are riding a four-game winning streak after last weekend’s three-game series sweep of America East rival Hartford.
On the Hoyas: Georgetown is 17-25 on the season but has won six of its last eight games, despite falling to 21st-ranked Mississippi State on Sunday. Sophomore shortstop Samantha Peters leads the Hoyas in nearly every offensive category, including batting average (.391), hits (50), runs (33), RBI (33), home runs (10), on-base percentage (.443) and slugging percentage (.695). Georgetown is hitting .239 as a team and has been outscored, 204-131, on the season. Jennifer Connell leads the pitching staff with a 13-18 record and a 4.75 ERA with 131 strikeouts in 182.0 innings of work.
UMBC vs. Georgetown All-Time: The Retrievers lead the Hoyas, 4-0, in the all-time series, which dates to 2006, Georgetown’s first year with a Division-I softball program. After a pair of lopsided five-inning victories that season, the Retrievers defeated the Hoyas, 7-2 and 9-4, in a doubleheader last April at Guy Mason Field in Washington, D.C.
Who’s Up Next: UMBC hosts America East powerhouse Albany in a three-game series this weekend, with a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. and a single game on Sunday at 12 p.m. The Retrievers are 4-11 all-time against the Great Danes, with three of their four wins coming in 2007 via a regular-season series sweep.
Hammering the Hawks: UMBC dominated Hartford last weekend in both teams’ America East opening series, and the Retrievers are 3-0 in conference play for the first time since joining the league. The Hawks entered the weekend with the best non-conference record in the America East and boasted the top two pitchers in the league by ERA. But UMBC touched up reigning America East Pitcher of the Week Brittany Stratton for 15 runs in 12 innings and outscored Hartford, 16-1, in three games.
Senior second baseman Dana Shepherd (Columbia, Md./Oakland Mills) pounded out four extra-base hits, including two home runs, drove in six runs and scored six times. She hit .556 (5-for-9) and slugged 1.556 on the weekend. Sophomore Amanda Fefel (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) was just as impressive at the plate, hitting .600 (6-for-10) and slugging 1.000 with a homer and a double.
In the circle, the Retrievers’ pitching was the most imposing it has been all season, holding the Hawks to a .095 batting average. Freshman Stephanie Weigman (Elkridge, Md./Archbishop Spalding) threw her first career shutout, a one-hitter, and tied her career high with eight strikeouts. Fefel allowed just one run and three hits while striking out 13 batters in eight innings, and senior Ashley Gray (Pasadena, Md./Northeast/Delaware State) pitched four scoreless, two-hit innings in her first start in 10 days after suffering a knee injury.