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Softball Travels to First-Place Maine for Three-Game Set This Weekend
Emily Thompson is batting .357 with seven extra-base hits in America East games this season.
Last Time Out: The Retrievers dropped a home series to
On the Black Bears: Maine is 18-21 on the season and 7-2 in America East play after taking two of three games from league rival Albany last weekend. Second baseman Alexis Souhlaris (.405) and third baseman Terren Hall (.392) rank second and third, respectively, in the America East in batting average. Hall is also second in the league in RBI (39) and fourth in home runs (9). In all, four Black Bears are batting at least .340 for the second-best offense in the conference, batting .288 as a team. Souhlaris, the 2009 America East Co-Player of the Year, also leads
Inside the Series:
Comeback Kids: UMBC has won six games when tied or trailing after six innings, including a 3-1 victory over
Bicentennial: Fefel became the eighth player in UMBC history to collect 200 career hits with a single in the first game against Longwood on April 10, and she now has 206 base knocks.
UMBC Career Hits
- Kristie Pickeral, 263, 2002-05
- Deanna Vecchio, 258, 1999-2002
- Lisa Boone, 249, 2000-03
- Dana Shepherd, 239, 2005-08
- Carrie Lycett, 237, 1994-97
- Amy Wolff, 227, 1994-97
- Kali Shirk, 213, 2005-08
- Amanda Fefel, 206, 2007-Present
Power Surge: Fefel tied UMBC’s single-game record with three home runs in the second game against
UMBC Career Home Runs
Reilly Ward, 30, 2004-07
5. Dana Shepherd, 28, 2005-08
6. Taryn McDonald, 24, 1996-99
7. Amy Wolff, 21, 1994-97
9. Ashley Gray, 18, 2007-08
10. Crystal Ray, 16, 1998-2000
Emily Thompson, 16, 2007-Present
Climbing the Charts: Fefel also ranks among UMBC’s all-time leaders in a number of other categories, including RBI (3rd, 140), slugging percentage (4th, .578), total bases (4th, 358), extra-base hits (5th, 71), walks (T-6th, 61), on-base percentage (9th, .393), runs (10th, 97), games started (10th, 197) and at-bats (10th, 619).
Weigman’s Whiffs: Weigman struck out the 600th batter of her career on Sunday against
UMBC Career Strikeouts
- Stephanie Weigman, 602, 2008-Present
- Crystal Ray, 422, 1998-2000
- Lauren Nicholson, 387, 2003-06
- Amanda Fefel, 272, 2007-Present
- Ashley Gray, 229, 2007-08
Weigman’s Whiffs, Part 2: Weigman has struck out 168 batters this season, the fourth-highest single-season total in school history. She now has three of UMBC’s top five all-time marks.
UMBC Single-Season Strikeouts
- Stephanie Weigman, 293, 2009
- Crystal Ray, 172, 2000
- Crystal Ray, 169, 1999
- Stephanie Weigman, 168, 2010
- Stephanie Weigman, 141, 2008
Winning it All: Weigman ranks second all-time at UMBC with 46 career wins, 11 behind current Retriever pitching coach Lauren Nicholson. In addition, Fefel became the eighth Retriever ever to win 30 games when she earned the victory against Mount St. Mary’s on March 21.
UMBC Career Wins
- Lauren Nicholson, 57, 2003-06
- Stephanie Weigman, 46, 2008-Present
- Amy Sadowl, 43, 2003-06
- Crystal Ray, 38, 1998-2000
- Jackie Ruffin, 35, 1997-2000
Angie Amedro, 35, 1999-2002
6. Amanda Fefel, 31, 2007-Present
Climbing the Charts: Weigman also ranks among UMBC’s all-time leaders in a number of other categories including innings pitched (2nd, 549.0), games started (2nd, 78), appearances (2nd, 104), complete games (3rd, 55), opponent batting average (4th, .220), saves (T-5th, 3) shutouts (T-7th, 8) and ERA (8th, 2.45). Fefel is also among the top 10 in several pitching categories, including winning percentage (4th, .681), appearances (5th, 82), innings pitched (8th, 316.1), games started (8th, 51) and shutouts (T-10th, 6).
Closing It Out: Fefel is UMBC’s all-time saves leader with eight in her career, and she broke the school mark for saves in a single season with four in 2010.
One and Done: UMBC pitchers have tossed three one-hit shutouts this month. On April 6, Fefel defeated
French Gets 500: UMBC’s second victory at
Extra, Extra: The Retrievers have played five extra-inning games this season, the most since playing seven in 2005. UMBC is 3-2 in contests lasting longer than seven frames this year.
It’s Outta Here: A pair of Retriever freshmen – pitcher Heather Brown (
In the Clutch: UMBC has been extremely successful driving in runners who reach third base with less than two outs, batting .513 in those situations. Fefel leads the way with eight hits in nine at-bats under those circumstances, but every Retriever with at least four at-bats in those situations is batting at least .333.
In the Clutch, Part 2: Fefel is also batting .484 (15-for-31) with runners in scoring position, leading four Retrievers hitting better than .340 with runners on second or third.
Rally on Two: Four Retrievers are batting better than .300 with two outs, led by Mason at .381 (8-for-21), while Thompson has a team-best 16 hits with two down, batting .364, and Page leads the Retrievers with eight two-out RBI.