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Softball Faces Big Test Against Defending America East Champ Stony Brook This Weekend
Emily Thompson has six hits in her last 10 at-bats.
BALTIMORE—Winners of four in a row and nine of its last 12 games, the UMBC softball team (31-17, 9-6 AEC) heads north this weekend for a three-game series at league-leading and defending America East champion Stony Brook (30-10, 11-3 AEC). Saturday’s doubleheader is slated to begin at 12 p.m., while Sunday’s game will also begin at 12 p.m.
On the Seawolves: Stony Brook is 30-10 on the season and 11-3 in America East play. The Seawolves are coming off an 8-0 six-inning loss at Hofstra on Thursday. Stony Brook is batting .309 as a team with six players hitting better than .300, led by outfielder Kelsi Fanelli (.391) and shortstop Vicki Kavitsky (.377), the reigning America East Player of the Week. Catcher/first baseman Melissa Fleury leads the Seawolves with 12 home runs and 36 RBI, while Fanelli and Kavitsky have combined to steal 31 bases. Alyssa Struzenberg, the reigning America East Pitcher of the Year, has posted a 17-4 record and a 1.89 ERA with 185 strikeouts in 133.0 innings.
UMBC vs. Stony Brook All-Time: The Retrievers lead the all-time series, 9-8, and have won five of the last seven meetings, but Stony Brook won two of three last season in
20/20: Sophomore hurler Stephanie Weigman (Elkridge, Md./Archbishop Spalding) became the first Retriever ever to win 20 games in a season when she picked up the 6-1 victory over
Weigman’s Whiffs: Last week, Weigman became the first Retriever ever to fan 200 batters in one season, and she now has 253 strikeouts in 209 innings for a ratio of 8.47 strikeouts per seven innings. After whiffing a Retriever freshman-record 141 batters last season, Weigman now ranks second all-time in UMBC history in career strikeouts with 394, just 28 shy of Crystal Ray’s school record of 422. Weigman entered the week ranking 11th in the nation in strikeouts this season.
UMBC Career Strikeouts
Going the Distance: Weigman has pitched 25 complete games this season, surpassing Crystal Ray’s previous school mark of 23, which was set in 2000. Weigman also became the first Retriever ever to pitch more than 200 innings in a season, breaking Linsi Moy’s school record of 182.2, which was set in 2002.
It Takes Two: The Retrievers have belted 77 doubles this season, led by sophomore second baseman Lauren Brummell (
UMBC Single-Season Doubles
Lisa Boone, 18, 2002
Bonnie Nevin, 18, 2002
30 Rock: Junior first baseman/pitcher Amanda Fefel (
UMBC Career Home Runs
Reilly Ward, 30, 2004-07
Melanie Denischuk, 30, 2006-07
It’s Outta Here: With her home run against the Bearcats, Fefel also became the 12th Retriever ever to hit at least 10 home runs in a season, giving UMBC at least one player with a double-digit home run total in nine straight seasons. All 12 instances of 10 or more homers have occurred since 2001. Fefel’s 13 round-trippers in 2007 rank as the fourth-highest single-season total in school history.
On Fire: Junior third baseman/outfielder Emily Thompson (
Home Sweet Home: The Retrievers are 25-5 and batting .326 as a team inside the friendly confines of UMBC Softball Stadium this season. Fefel is hitting .467 (42-for-90) with 15 extra-base hits and 27 RBI at home, while Brummell is batting .390 (39-for-100) with 18 extra-base hits and 23 runs scored.
What a Pair: Fefel (.396) and Brummell (.368) rank fourth and sixth, respectively, in batting average in the America East. Fefel also leads the league with 40 RBI, while Brummell is tops with 18 doubles.
Top Dawg: UMBC leads the America East in runs (240), hits (369), doubles (77) and home runs (43) and ranks second in team batting average (.289).
Century Mark: Brummell and senior third baseman/outfielder Krista Kearns (
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 – 2nd, 394
Home Runs – T-2nd, 30 Appearances – 6th, 71
Slugging Percentage – 4th, .586 Wins – 6th, 34
Extra-Base Hits – 8th, 53 Games Started – 7th, 52
RBI – 9th, 108 Innings – 7th, 373.0
On-Base Percentage – 9th, .393 Complete Games – 7th, 37
Total Bases – 10th, 276 ERA – 9th, 2.48
Batting Average – 10th, .340
Saves – T-3rd, 4
Strikeouts – 7th, 215
Appearances – 8th, 63
Wins – 10th, 27
Games Started – T-10th, 43
Climbing the Season Ranks: Weigman has also been climbing UMBC’s single-season top-10 lists in 2009 and has already broken a number of records with a chance at a few more. Here is a look at where she stands:
Category Weigman’s Total/Ranks Single-Season Leader Record
Wins 20/1st Stephanie Weigman 20
Strikeouts 253/1st Stephanie Weigman 253
Complete Games 25/1st Stephanie Weigman 25
Innings Pitched 209.0/1st Stephanie Weigman 209.0
Games Started 29/1st Stephanie Weigman 29
Appearances 37/2nd Angie Amedro 38
Saves 2/T-4th Three tied with 3
Power Surge: A total of 11 different Retrievers have combined to hit 43 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 38th in the nation in home runs per game this season (0.87).
The Difference a Year Makes: Through 48 games, the Retrievers have already surpassed several of last season’s total, which were accumulated in 54 contests. Here is a look at how the 2009 UMBC squad compares to its 2008 counterpart:
Category 2009 Total 2008 Total Difference
Wins 31 25 +6
Runs 240 206 +34
Doubles 77 55 +22
Home Runs 43 40 +3
RBI 215 192 +23
Total Bases 589 568 +21
In addition, as a team, the Retrievers are hitting 0.30 points better in 2009 (.289) than 2008 (.259) and slugging 0.62 points better (.461 to .399).
Coming Through in the Clutch: The Retrievers are hitting .324 with runners in scoring position, including .386 with the bases loaded and .520 with a runner on third base and less than two outs. In addition, with two outs in the inning, UMBC is batting .278 with 87 RBI, led by Weller’s 17 two-out RBI.
Extra, Extra: The Retrievers’ 12-inning 8-7 victory over