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Softball Hosts Stony Brook in Three-Game Weekend Series
Amanda Fefel has not committed an error in 106 chances this season.
BALTIMORE—Winner of seven of its last 10 games, the UMBC softball team (17-19, 6-2 AEC) hosts America East rival Stony Brook (16-15-1, 3-5 AEC) in a three-game series this weekend. The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m., with a single game on Sunday scheduled for 12 p.m.
Battering the Bearcats: The Retrievers are coming off a doubleheader sweep at
Freshman Stephanie Weigman (Elkridge, Md./Archbishop Spalding) pitched a gem in the nightcap, allowing one run on three hits while striking out seven in the complete game victory. Junior designated player Alison Duff (Brockport, N.Y./Brockport/Monroe CC) hit a two-run triple in the second inning, and senior second baseman Dana Shepherd and Fefel hit a pair of two-run homers in the fifth.
On the Seawolves: Stony Brook is 16-15-1 on the season and 3-5 in America East play after splitting a doubleheader with Hartford on Wednesday but has lost four of its last six games. Sophomore Alyssa Struzenberg (11-6) struck out 18 batters in 11 innings in the doubleheader, and she leads the America East with 141 strikeouts on the season. She holds opponents to a .143 batting average and boasts a 2.09 ERA in 117.1 innings of work. Catcher/first baseman Marissa Fleury leads the Seawolves and ranks among the league leaders with a .350 batting average and .557 slugging percentage, while outfielder Kelsi Fanelli and infielder Vicki Kavitsky are tied for tops in the conference with 23 runs scored apiece. Fleury also leads Stony Brook with 19 RBI, while Fanelli and outfielder Sara Cerrone have each hit a team-best four home runs. In addition, Fleury is tied with outfielder Ashley Westphal for the team lead in doubles with eight apiece. Stony Brook has outscored its opponents, 132-118, on the season.
UMBC vs. Stony Brook All-Time: The Retrievers lead the all-time series, 8-6, dating to 2000. The Retrievers have won the last four meetings, including a series sweep in Stony Brook last season. Prior to that, however, the Seawolves took six of the teams’ first eight contests as America East rivals.
Who’s Up Next: The Retrievers have a week off before league-leading
Streaking: Seniors Ashley Gray and Dana Shepherd are both riding lengthy hitting streaks that date to March 26 against Bucknell. Gray is hitting .486 (17-for-35) and slugging .829 with four home runs, 14 RBI and 10 runs scored and has walked six times during her 12-game streak, while shepherd is batting .395 (15-for-38) and slugging .842 with four home runs, two triples, a double, 10 RBI and 14 runs scored during her 11-game streak.
Milestone Watch: Head Coach Joe French needs just one more victory for 450 in his career. French has won 449 games at three different schools, including 95 in four seasons at
What a Pair: 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. Kristie Pickeral 263 2002-05
2. Deanna Vecchio 258 1999-2002
3. Lisa Boone 249 2000-03
4. Carrie Lycett 237 1994-97
5. Amy Wolff 227 1994-97
6. Dana Shepherd 221 2005-Pres.
7. Kali Shirk 193 2005-Pres.
8. Reilly Ward 190 2004-07
9. Taryn McDonald 187 1996-99
10. Bonnie Nevin 164 1999-2002
Making their Mark: Shepherd and Shirk also rank among UMBC’s all-time leaders in a number of other offensive categories, including:
Runs – 2nd, 155 Stolen Bases – 2nd, 83
Extra-Base Hits – 2nd, 75 Stolen Base Percentage – 3rd, .943 (83-88)
Total Bases – 3rd, 353 Walks – T-3rd, 69
Doubles – 4th, 43 Runs – 5th, 139
Home Runs – 4th, 25 At-Bats – 8th, 631
At-Bats – 4th, 690 Total Bases – 9th, 259
RBI – 6th, 123 Triples – T-9th, 6
Games Played – 6th, 206 Games Started – 11th, 194
Games Started – 6th, 206 Games Played – T-11th, 194
Triples – T-7th, 7
Stolen Bases – 8th, 42