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Softball Hosts Boston University for Three This Weekend; Retrievers to Honor Four Seniors on Sunday
Senior Salute: Before Sunday’s series finale against
In the America East: At 7-4, the Retrievers have equaled their second-best start in America East play since they joined the conference in 2004; UMBC also started the 2006 campaign with a 7-4 mark, but was 9-2 after 11 league games last season. This weekend, the Retrievers will look to equal or surpass their best record after 14 games, which is 9-5, set in each of the last two seasons. UMBC is currently in third place in the America East standings, two games behind second-place
Last Time Out: The Retrievers dropped last weekend’s series, 2-1, to America East rival Stony Brook. The Seawolves swept Saturday’s doubleheader, 10-7 and 3-2, but UMBC came back to win the series finale on Sunday by a score of 2-1 on a tie-breaking solo home run by first baseman Ashley Gray in the sixth inning. Second baseman Dana Shepherd led the Retrievers offensively, going 5-for-9 with a home run, three RBI and four runs scored in the series. Freshman hurler Stephanie Weigman (Elkridge, Md./Archbishop Spalding) pitched a pair of gems, posting a 0.91 ERA in 15.1 innings of work.
On the Terriers:
Who’s Up Next: UMBC plays its final home game of the regular season on Wednesday, April 23, when America East rival Binghamton visits UMBC Softball Stadium for a single game beginning at 2 p.m. The Retrievers swept a doubleheader from the Bearcats on April 9 in Vestal, N.Y.
Streaking: Seniors Ashley Gray and Dana Shepherd are both riding lengthy hitting streaks that date to March 26 against Bucknell. Gray is hitting .465 (20-for-43) and slugging .814 with five home runs, 17 RBI and 11 runs scored and has walked eight times for a .538 on-base percentage during her 15-game streak – tied for the fifth longest in UMBC history – while Shepherd is batting .426 (20-for-47) and slugging .851 with five home runs, two triples, a double, 13 RBI and 18 runs scored and has walked six times for a .500 on-base percentage during her 14-game streak.
Another Milestone for French: Head coach Joe French picked up his 450th career victory on Sunday with a 2-1 victory over Stony Brook. French has coached for 15 years at three different schools, winning 95 games 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 226 2005-Pres.
7. Kali Shirk 194 2005-Pres.
8. Reilly Ward 190 2004-07
9. Taryn McDonald 187 1996-99
10. Bonnie Nevin 164 1999-2002
Century Mark: Sophomore pitcher/first baseman Amanda Fefel (
Making their Mark: Shepherd and Shirk also rank among UMBC’s all-time leaders in a number of other offensive categories, including:
Runs – 2nd, 159 Stolen Bases – 2nd, 83
Extra-Base Hits – 2nd, 76 Stolen Base Percentage – 3rd, .943 (83-88)
Total Bases – 2nd, 361 Walks – 3rd, 70
Doubles – 4th, 43 Runs – 5th, 139
Home Runs – 4th, 26 At-Bats – 8th, 640
At-Bats – 4th, 699 Total Bases – 9th, 260
RBI – T-4th, 126 Triples – T-9th, 6
Games Played – 6th, 209 Games Started – 9th, 197
Games Started – 6th, 209 Games Played – 11th, 199
Stolen Bases – T-6th, 44
Triples – T-7th, 7