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Softball Opens America East Conference Play This Weekend Against Maine
BALTIMORE—The UMBC softball team (18-10) opens America East Conference play this weekend with a three-game series against
Welcome Back: The Retrievers will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the 1995 squad that was the first in program history to win 40 games, honoring all team members between games of Saturday’s doubleheader. Under head coach Joy Figueredo, UMBC posted a 41-13 record, including 9-4 in the Big South, and advanced to the conference championship game. The Retrievers rewrote nearly every record in the school’s history books, and their .332 team batting average still stands as the best-ever in a season by a UMBC squad. The team included UMBC Athletics Hall of Famers Amy Wolff and Jen Jewell, who were both honored on the All-Big South First Team that year.
On the Black Bears:
Streaking: The Retrievers saw their 11-game winning streak come to an end last weekend, but they have still won 13 of their last 15 games… Junior Amanda Fefel (
Weigman’s Whiffs: Sophomore hurler Stephanie Weigman (Elkridge, Md./Archbishop Spalding) has struck out 134 batters this season, already the fifth-best single-season total in UMBC history and the second-best ever among Retriever sophomores. She has struck out a career-high 12 batters twice this season and entered the week ranking 27th in the nation in strikeouts per seven innings (9.0). Last season, Weigman struck out a UMBC freshman-record 141 batters on the year, and she now has 275 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, 275, 2008-Present
- Ashley Gray, 229, 2007-08
It Takes Two: The Retrievers have clubbed 49 doubles on the season, led by Brummell with 11 and sophomore Malorie Weller (
Hot Hitting: UMBC is hitting .310 as a team this season, and six of the seven players with at least 60 at-bats are hitting better than .300. Fefel (.463) entered the week ranking eighth in the nation in batting average, while the Retrievers were ranked 16th in the country.
Milestone Watch: Fefel needs just seven more hits for 150 in her career and nine more RBI to reach 100. She also needs one more home run to become just the fifth player in school history to club 25 round-trippers on her career. In the circle, Weigman became the ninth pitcher in UMBC history to win 25 games when she earned the victory against
Power Surge: Ten different Retrievers have hit home runs this season for just the second time in school history. In 2006, a UMBC-record 14 different players hit at least one round-tripper, as the Retrievers went on to set a school record with 80 homers on the season.
Coming Through in the Clutch: The Retrievers are hitting .374 with runners in scoring position, including .419 with the bases loaded and .552 with a runner on third and less than two outs. In addition, with two outs in the inning, UMBC is batting .294 with 56 RBI, led by Weller’s 13 two-out RBI.