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Softball Hosts Hartford in Regular-Season Finale with Playoff Berth on the Line; Retrievers to Honor Three Seniors on Sunday
BALTIMORE—The UMBC softball team (32-19, 10-8 AEC) concludes its regular season this weekend with a three-game series against America East rival Hartford (19-20, 9-7 AEC) at UMBC Softball Stadium with a berth in the America East Championships at stake. The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m., and there will be free hot dogs for all fans between games, while Sunday’s single game will start at 12 p.m. The Retrievers will celebrate Senior Day with a pregame ceremony prior to the series finale.
Senior Salute: Before Sunday’s series finale against the Hawks, the Retrievers will bid farewell to three seniors – third baseman Krista Kearns (
Where They Stand: At 10-8, UMBC is tied with
On the Hawks:
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: Weigman is also the first Retriever ever to fan 200 batters in one season, and she now has 265 strikeouts in 223 innings for a ratio of 8.32 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 406, just 16 shy of Crystal Ray’s school record of 422. Weigman entered the week ranking 12th in the nation in strikeouts this season.
UMBC Career Strikeouts
Going the Distance: Weigman has pitched 27 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 78 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 (.385) and Brummell (.363) rank fourth and eighth, respectively, in batting average in the America East. Fefel also leads the league with 41 RBI, while Brummell is tops with 18 doubles.
Top Dawg: UMBC leads the America East in runs (246), hits (385), doubles (78) and home runs (44) and ranks second in team batting average (.284).
Century Mark: Brummell and
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, 406
Home Runs – T-2nd, 30 Saves – T-5th, 3
Slugging Percentage – 4th, .579 Wins – 6th, 34
Extra-Base Hits – 8th, 53 Innings Pitched – 6th, 387.0
RBI – 9th, 109 Appearances – 6th, 74
On-Base Percentage – 9th, .392 Complete Games – T-6th, 39
Total Bases – 10th, 278 Games Started – 7th, 54
Batting Average – 10th, .338 ERA – 8th, 2.42
Saves – T-3rd, 4
Strikeouts – 6th, 223
Appearances – 8th, 64
Games Started – T-9th, 44
Wins – 10th, 28
Power Surge: A total of 11 different Retrievers have combined to hit 44 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 39th in the nation in home runs per game this season (0.86).
The Difference a Year Makes: Through 51 games, the Retrievers have already surpassed several of last season’s totals, 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 32 25 +7
Runs 246 206 +40
Hits 385 369 +16
Doubles 78 55 +23
Home Runs 44 40 +4
RBI 220 192 +28
Total Bases 609 568 +41
Walks 137 135 +2
In addition, as a team, the Retrievers are hitting 0.25 points better in 2009 (.284) than 2008 (.259) and slugging 0.50 points better (.339 to .399).
Coming Through in the Clutch: The Retrievers are hitting .319 with runners in scoring position – led by Fefel (.491) – and .377 with the bases loaded. In addition, with two outs in the inning, UMBC is batting .278 with 91 RBI, led by Weller’s 17 two-out RBI.
Extra, Extra: The Retrievers’ 12-inning 8-7 victory over