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Softball Notebook: Retrievers Complete Incoming Class, Announce Fall Schedule, Clinics
BALTIMORE—UMBC softball coach Joe French announced today that four players signed National Letters of Intent this spring and will join the Retrievers for the 2009 season.
Headlining the group is sophomore outfielder/first baseman Malorie Weller, a transfer from
“Weller will be a top-of-the-lineup hitter who can ignite the attack,” French said. “She hits the ball to all fields and is very quick.”
A three-time conference all-star, Ashley Carver is a freshman who plays the middle infield positions and can also play center field. The native of
“Carver has outstanding speed and can slap, quick bunt and spray line drives to the outfield,” French said. “She has an outstanding glove and a good throwing arm, and she can track the ball well in the outfield. She should compete right away for a slot in the middle infield.”
Freshman Becca Bernheimer was a four-year letterwinner at
“Rebecca has a very good throwing arm and hits solid line drives to all fields,” French said. “She is very strong behind the plate with her defensive skills and should compete for catching time right away.”
Finally, sophomore pitcher/outfielder Amanda Barker is a transfer from
“Amanda will compete mostly as a position player this year but may pitch on occasion,” French said. “She is an all-around athlete.”
The four newcomers join incoming freshmen Amanda Damiano, Angela Yannone and Kaela Mason and junior college transfer Amanda Page, who committed to UMBC in the fall.
“I am very excited to be adding these eight student-athletes to the team,” French said. “This is a large group who we are hoping will increase the depth and talent level of our team. We have brought in a combination of defense, offense, power, speed and short game.”
French is hopeful that the eight new players will be able to help fill the voids left by the departures of seniors Dana Shepherd, Kali Shirk, Ashley Gray and Carla O’Rourke.
“This was quite a group to lose, but we are very confident that with our returning players and this class of recruits we will be very competitive as we seek our fourth straight America East playoff berth.”
Fall Schedule Announced: French recently announced the Retrievers’ fall schedule, which includes three tournaments, two scrimmages and an alumni game.
UMBC kicks off the fall season at the Towson Triangular Classic on Sept. 20, facing the host Tigers and
On Oct. 4, UMBC will participate at the George Washington Tournament against the host Colonials and nearby Mount St. Mary’s. The next two weeks feature two scrimmages, including cross-town rival
The Retrievers close out their fall schedule with an alumni game on Oct. 25 at 2:30 p.m. as part of UMBC’s Homecoming weekend.
UMBC’s Fall Schedule
Saturday, Sept. 20 at
11 a.m. UMBC vs.
1 p.m. UMBC vs.
Sunday, Sept. 28 at UMBC
10 a.m. UMBC vs.
2 p.m. UMBC vs. CCBC
Saturday, Oct. 4 at George Washington
10 a.m. UMBC vs. George Washington
12 p.m. UMBC vs.
Saturday, Oct. 11 at UMBC
10:30 a.m. UMBC vs.
Saturday, Oct. 18 at CCBC
10:30 a.m. UMBC vs. CCBC
Saturday, Oct. 25 at UMBC
2:30 p.m. Alumni Game
2008 Fall and Winter Clinics: French and the Retrievers will host four clinics during the 2008-09 school year, including an elite outdoor clinic, a hitting/pitching clinic and two indoor winter clinics.
The Annual Elite Outdoor Clinic will take place on Sunday, Oct. 5, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. for girls ages 12 and up and will including college offensive and defensive drills and skills as well as live scrimmages.
The Hitting/Pitching Clinic for girls of all ages will be held on Sunday, Oct. 26, from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., while the Winter Indoor Clinics for girls of all ages will take place on Saturday, Feb. 7, and Saturday, Feb. 14, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
The cost of one clinic is $60, but special rates are available for attending multiple sessions. All registration begins 30 minutes before scheduled start times. All activities will take place at the UMBC Softball Stadium (outdoor) or the
For more information, please contact Coach French at 410-455-1325 or firstname.lastname@example.org; assistant coach Lauren Nicholson at email@example.com; or assistant coach Wayne Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.