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Softball to Host Seventh Annual UMBC Spring Classic this Weekend
Lauren Brummell leads the Retrievers with nine doubles this season.
Friday, March 20
11:50 a.m. UMBC vs.
1:45 p.m. UMBC vs.
Saturday, March 21
11:50 a.m. UMBC vs. Robert Morris
1:45 p.m. UMBC vs.
Sunday, March 22
8 a.m. Niagara vs.
9:55 a.m. Niagara vs.
11:50 a.m. UMBC vs.
1:45 p.m. Robert Morris vs.
3:40 p.m. Robert Morris vs.
Crazy Eight: The Retrievers have won eight straight games, their most consecutive victories since a 10-game streak from April 3-14, 2007… UMBC is hitting .365 as a team during the stretch… Junior first baseman/pitcher Amanda Fefel (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) is also riding an eight-game hitting streak, during which time she is batting .480 (12-for-25) with four doubles and eight RBI… Sophomore first baseman/outfielder Malorie Weller (.464, 5 doubles, 9 RBI), sophomore second baseman Lauren Brummell (.444, 6 doubles, 2 triples), junior catcher Amanda Page (.409, 3 doubles, 7 RBI) and sophomore center fielder Julia Culotta (.360, 7 RBI) are all hitting lights out during the winning streak.
Weigman’s Whiffs: Sophomore hurler Stephanie Weigman (Elkridge, Md./Archbishop Spalding) has struck out 99 batters this season, already the eighth-best single-season total in UMBC history and the second-best ever among Retriever sophomores. Weigman struck out a career-high 12 batters against Marist on March 6, and followed that up with 11 whiffs against Seton Hall the next day. Last season, Weigman struck out a UMBC freshman-record 141 batters on the season, and she now has 240 in her career, ranking third all-time in school history.
UMBC Career Strikeouts
- Crystal Ray, 422, 1998-2000
- Lauren Nicholson, 387, 2003-06
- Stephanie Weigman, 240, 2008-Present
- Ashley Gray, 229, 2007-08
It Takes Two: The Retrievers have clubbed 35 doubles on the season, led by Brummell (9) and Weller (8). Brummell’s nine two-baggers are tied for the ninth-most ever in a season by a Retriever sophomore.
Hot Hitting: UMBC is hitting .311 as a team this season, and all seven players with at least 40 at-bats are hitting better than .300. Weller (.460) and Fefel (.433) lead the Retrievers in batting average.
No-No So Close: Fefel took a no-hitter into the sixth inning against Mount St. Mary’s on Tuesday before allowing a two-out single. It was the only hit Fefel allowed in the game, a brilliant shutout in which she struck out five and faced just four batters over the minimum.
Fefel and Weigman Honored: The America East honored Fefel and Weigman with the conference’s Player and Pitcher of the Week awards, respectively. Fefel batted .588 with five extra-base hits, six RBI and six runs scored in six games, while Weigman went 3-0 and allowed just five runs in 23 innings of work for a 1.52 ERA. She pitched three complete games and struck out 26 batters while walking just six.
On the Bearcats:
On the Purple Eagles: Niagara is 9-7 on the season after dropping two of three at Lehigh last weekend and has lost six of its last eight games… Infielder Felicia Coffey leads the Purple Eagles in a number of offensive categories, including batting average (.407), runs (15), hits (22), doubles (6) and on-base percentage (.458)… Third baseman Kayla Hines is tops in RBI (14), home runs (4) and total bases (35)… Julie DiMatteo leads Niagara in each pitching category, including ERA (2.45), wins (4), strikeouts (32), innings pitched (33.0) and opponent batting average (.172)…
On the Colonials: Robert Morris is 7-9 on the season after dropping both games of a doubleheader to
UMBC vs. Robert Morris All-Time: The Retrievers lead the all-time series with the Colonials, 10-6, and have won four straight, but the teams have not faced each other since they were Northeast Conference rivals in 2003. As NEC rivals, the teams met at least twice a year from 1999-2003.
On the Saints:
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