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Softball Hosts America East Rival Vermont in Weekend Series
BALTIMORE—Coming off a 3-3 road trip, the UMBC softball team (27-17, 5-6 AEC) returns home to host America East rival Vermont (6-28, 3-8 AEC) in a three-game series this weekend at UMBC Softball Stadium. The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. and a single game on Sunday at 12 p.m.
On the Catamounts: Vermont is 6-28 on the season and 3-8 in America East play after dropping a doubleheader to Albany on Wednesday. The Catamounts have lost five in a row. Catcher Rachelle Boone is batting a team-best .287 with eight RBI, while shortstop/outfielder Rebecca Heimbinger has belted six doubles and outfielder Kellin Haley has stolen nine bases.
Weigman’s Whiffs: With 28 strikeouts in her three games this week, sophomore hurler Stephanie Weigman (Elkridge, Md./Archbishop Spalding) became the first Retriever ever to fan 200 batters in one season, and she now has 226 in 187 innings for a ratio of 8.6 strikeouts per seven innings. After whiffing a Retriever freshman-record 141 batters last season, Weigman now ranks third all-time in UMBC history in career strikeouts with 367, just 20 behind current Retriever pitching coach Lauren Nicholson and 55 shy of Crystal Ray’s school record of 422. Weigman entered the week ranking 19th in the nation in strikeouts this season.
UMBC Career Strikeouts
It Takes Two: The Retrievers have belted 70 doubles this season, led by sophomore second baseman Lauren Brummell with 16 and sophomore first baseman/outfielder Malorie Weller with 12. Brummell entered the week ranking 10th in the NCAA in doubles per game (0.39), while UMBC ranked 18th as a team (1.59). Brummell’s 16 two-baggers are the most ever by a Retriever sophomore, surpassing Lisa Boone’s 14 in 2001, and they are tied for the sixth-highest single-season total in UMBC history.
UMBC Single-Season Doubles
- Dana Shepherd, 19, 2007
- Lisa Boone, 18, 2002
- Bonnie Nevin, 18, 2002
- Amy Wolff, 17, 1997
- Reilly Ward, 17, 2006
- Deanna Vecchio, 16, 2002
- Christy Sheppard, 16, 2003
- Lauren Brummell, 16, 2009
- 4 Ted at 14
Home Sweet Home: The Retrievers are 22-5 and batting .324 as a team inside the friendly confines of UMBC Softball Stadium this season. Junior first baseman/pitcher Amanda Fefel (
Extra, Extra: The Retrievers’ 12-inning 8-7 victory over
Records Watch: Fefel and Weigman are both climbing UMBC’s all-time top 10 lists. Here is a look at where they stand:
Hitting Strikeouts – 3rd, 367
Home Runs – 4th, 29 Wins – 6th, 31
Slugging Percentage – 4th, .583 Appearances – 6th, 68
On-Base Percentage – 8th, .394 Innings Pitched – 7th, 351.0
Extra-Base Hits – T-8th, 51 Games Started – 7th, 49
RBI – 9th, 105 Complete Games – 7th, 34
Total Bases – 10th, 268
Batting Average – 10th, .339
Saves – T-3rd, 4
Strikeouts – 7th, 214
Appearances – 8th, 62
Wins – 10th, 26
Climbing the Season Ranks: Weigman has also been climbing UMBC’s single-season top-10 lists in 2009 and has a chance to break a number of records. Here is a look at where she stands:
Category Weigman’s Total/Rank Single-Season Leader Record
Strikeouts 226/1st Stephanie Weigman 226
Innings Pitched 187.0/1st Stephanie Weigman 187.0
Complete Games 22/T-2nd Crystal Ray 23
Appearances 34/T-2nd Angie Amedro 38
Saves 2/T-4th Three tied with 3
Wins 17/5th Lauren Nicholson 19
Games Started 26/5th L. Moy/L. Nicholson 28
Power Surge: A total of 11 different Retrievers have combined to hit 38 home runs this season, marking just the second time in school history that as many as 10 different players have gone yard. The Retrievers set a school record with 14 in 2006 on their way to 80 bombs on the season, another school mark. UMBC ranks 34th in the nation in home runs per game this season (0.9).
Coming Through in the Clutch: The Retrievers are hitting .334 with runners in scoring position, including .393 with the bases loaded and .538 with a runner on third base and less than two outs. In addition, with two outs in the inning, UMBC is batting .273 with 79 RBI, led by Weller’s 15 two-out RBI.
The Difference a Year Makes: Through 44 games, the Retrievers have already surpassed several of last season’s totals, which were accumulated in 10 more contests. Here is a look at where the 2009 UMBC squad compares to its 2008 counterpart:
Category 2009 Total 2008 Total Difference
Wins 27 25 +2
Runs 220 206 +14
Doubles 70 55 +15
In addition, as a team, the Retrievers are hitting .27 points better in 2009 (.286) than 2008 (.259) and slugging .57 points better (.456 to .399).