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Weekend Softball Series Pushed Back; Retrievers Host Albany Sunday and Monday in America East Dog Fight
Head coach Joe French and the Retrievers are 3-0 in the America East for the first time ever.
BALTIMORE—With the threat of rain looming on Saturday, UMBC’s softball series against America East rival
On the Great Danes: Albany is 13-10 on the season and 1-0 in America East play, and the Great Danes have won three straight after a doubleheader sweep of Iona on Wednesday. Sophomore Leah McIntosh was named America East Pitcher of the Week on Monday after going 3-0 with a no-hitter and 29 strikeouts last week. She is 7-3 on the season with a 1.96 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 68 innings of work, and she holds batters to a league-best .156 average Outfielder Amber Maisonet leads Albany with a .362 batting average, 16 runs scored, 13 stolen bases and seven extra-base hits, while second baseman Michelle Connors is tops with 13 RBI.
Who’s Up Next: The Retrievers hit the road to face America East rival
RBI Machine: Senior Ashley Gray (
Streaking: While Ashley Gray’s seven-game hitting streak is the longest current streak on the team, senior second baseman Dana Shepherd (Columbia, Md./Oakland Mills) has gotten a hit in six straight games, during which time she is batting .400 (8-for-20) and slugging .850 with a double, a triple, two homers, six RBI and nine runs scored. After hitting just .146 (6-for-41) in her first 14 games of the season, Shepherd has raised her average more than 100 points to .270, batting .375 (18-for-48) over the last 14 games.
Milestone Watch: Senior second baseman Dana Shepherd became just the sixth player in UMBC history to record 200 career hits when she clubbed a double in the first inning against
UMBC Career Hits
1) K. Pickeral 263 2002-05
2) D. Vecchio 258 1999-2002
3) L. Boone 249 2000-03
4) C. Lycett 237 1994-97
5) A. Wolff 227 1994-97
6) D. Shepherd 214 2005-Pres.
7) R. Ward 190 2004-07
8) T. McDonald 187 1996-99
9) K. Shirk 186 2005-Pres.
10) B. Nevin 164 1999-2002
Milestone Watch, Part II: Shepherd and Shirk are climbing UMBC’s career charts in a number of other offensive categories, as well. Shepherd recently became just the second Retriever to score 150 runs in her career, while Shirk ranks sixth in that category with 135. Shepherd also became the eighth Retriever ever to reach 300 total bases with her home run against George Washington on March 2, and she now ranks fourth with 338 total bases in her career. In addition, Shepherd ranks fourth all-time with 43 career doubles and 72 extra-base hits, fifth with 23 career home runs and 672 career at-bats and sixth with 119 career RBI. Shirk also ranks ninth all-time with 247 career total bases and fourth with 66 career walks.
Run, Kali, Run: Senior catcher Kali Shirk ranks third in the America East with 12 stolen bases this season, and she ranks second all-time at UMBC with 83 career steals and third with a .943 career stolen base percentage (83-for-88).
UMBC Career Steals
1) D. Vecchio 135 1999-2002
2) K. Shirk 83 2005-Pres.
3) A. Wolff 79 1994-97
4) S. Feliciano 57 1993-94
5) S. Colea 50 1996-98
Top Dawgs: A number of Retrievers rank among the leaders in the America East. Sophomore Amanda Fefel (
In the circle, Fefel ranks sixth in strikeouts (57), seventh in innings pitched (61.2) and ninth in ERA (3.06), while freshman Stephanie Weigman (Elkridge, Md./Archbishop Spalding) ranks second in innings pitched (83.2), tied for second in wins (7), fourth in strikeouts (71) and sixth in opponent batting average (.227).
Shepherd Named Candidate for Senior CLASS Award: UMBC senior second baseman Dana Shepherd has been named one of 30 candidates for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, which honors the nation’s best softball seniors who also excel in the classroom and make an impact in their community. The award, presented to NCAA Division I student-athletes each year in eight sports, focuses on the “Four C’s” of classroom, character, community and competition. From the list of 30 nominees, a national media committee will select 10 finalists on April 8. Those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote that will include coaches, media and fans. The award winner will be announced and recognized at the 2008 NCAA Women’s College World Series in
UMBC 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.