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Softball Entertains Albany in Season-Ending Three-Game Set This Weekend; Retrievers to Honor Four Seniors Sunday
BALTIMORE—The UMBC softball team (24-22, 5-10 AE) concludes the 2010 season this weekend with a three-game series against America East rival Albany (18-20, 7-7 AE) 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. The Retrievers will celebrate Senior Day with a pregame ceremony prior to the series finale.
Fond Farewell: Before Sunday’s series finale against the Great Danes, the Retrievers will bid farewell to four seniors – shortstop Jessica Vetock (Pasadena, Md./Institute of Notre Dame/CCBC-Catonsville), catcher Amanda Page (
Last Time Out: The Retrievers took two of three games at
On the Great Danes:
Inside the Series: UMBC trails
Head of the Class: Earlier this week, Thompson was selected to the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District Second Team, which recognizes student-athletes for their accomplishments on the field and in the classroom. An interdisciplinary studies major with a focus in sports marketing, Thompson boasts a 3.65 cumulative grade-point average, and she is batting a career-high .336 this season.
French’s Milestones: UMBC’s second victory at
Comeback Kids: UMBC has won seven games when tied or trailing after six innings, including a 7-5 victory over
Power Surge: Fefel’s home run against
UMBC Career Home Runs
1. Amanda Fefel, 41, 2007-Present
2. Kristie Pickeral, 40, 2002-05
6. Taryn McDonald, 24, 1996-99
7. Amy Wolff, 21, 1994-97
Power Surge, Part II: When Fefel hit her 10th home run of the season against Maine on April 25, she joined Pickeral as the only Retrievers ever to reach double digits three times in their careers. Fefel hit a career-high 13 home runs as a freshman in 2007 and blasted 10 as a junior this season before smashing 11 in 2010. She is also tied for fourth in the America East this season.
UMBC Single-Season Home Runs
- Melanie Denischuk, 24, 2006
- Lauren Hebb, 15, 2003
- Stevie Shore, 14, 2006
- Amanda Fefel, 13, 2007
- Kristie Pickeral, 12, 2003
8. Stephanie Happel, 11, 2001
Amanda Fefel, 11, 2010
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 217 base knocks, which ranks seventh all-time at UMBC.
UMBC Career Hits
2. Deanna Vecchio, 258, 1999-2002
5. Carrie Lycett, 237, 1994-97
6. Amy Wolff, 227, 1994-97
Three’s Company: Fefel tied UMBC’s single-game record with three home runs in the second game against Temple on March 24, equaling the mark set by Deanna Vecchio in 2002 and matched by Pickeral in 2004.
Climbing the Charts: Fefel also ranks among UMBC’s all-time leaders in a number of other categories, including extra-base hits (T-2nd, 75), RBI (3rd, 104), total bases (3rd, 377), slugging percentage (4th, .586), walks (6th, 62), on-base percentage (8th, .396), games played (8th, 204), games started (T-8th, 203), at-bats (T-8th, 643), batting average (10th, .337) and runs (10th, 105).
Weigman’s Whiffs: Weigman struck out the 600th batter of her career on April 18 against Boston University. UMBC’s all-time record holder with 626, she has over 200 more whiffs than any other Retriever pitcher. Fefel ranks fourth with 288.
UMBC Career Strikeouts
2. Crystal Ray, 422, 1998-2000
Weigman’s Whiffs, Part II: Weigman has struck out 192 batters this season, the second-highest single-season total in school history to her record 293 K’s in 2009. She now has three of UMBC’s top five all-time marks.
UMBC Single-Season Strikeouts
3. Crystal Ray, 172, 2000
4. Crystal Ray, 169, 1999
Winning it All: Weigman ranks second all-time at UMBC with 47 career wins, 10 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
4. Crystal Ray, 38, 1998-2000
5. Jackie Ruffin, 35, 1997-2000
Angie Amedro, 35, 1999-2002
Climbing the Charts: Weigman also ranks among UMBC’s all-time leaders in a number of other categories including innings pitched (2nd, 566.0), games started (2nd, 81), appearances (2nd, 110), complete games (3rd, 56), opponent batting average (4th, .222), saves (T-4th, 4), ERA (9th, 2.52) and shutouts (T-7th, 8). Fefel is also among the top 10 in several pitching categories, including appearances (5th, 85), winning percentage (5th, .653), innings pitched (8th, 332.1), games started (8th, 53) and shutouts (T-10th, 6).
Saving the Day: 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.
Extra, Extra: The Retrievers have played seven extra-inning games this season, the most since playing seven in 2005. UMBC is 4-3 in contests lasting longer than seven frames this year.
One and Done: UMBC pitchers tossed three one-hit shutouts last month. On April 6, Fefel defeated Georgetown, 2-0, and she did not allow a hit after a first-inning single, striking out a season-high seven batters. The next day, Weigman fanned a career-high 15 in a 2-0 win over Coppin State and did not allow a hit until the fifth. Then on April 14, the pair combined on the gem in a 4-0 win over the Eagles. Fefel retired the first nine batters of the game before giving way to Weigman, whose only hit allowed was an infield single in the sixth.
It’s Outta Here: A pair of Retriever freshmen – Brown and infielder Ashley Scroggin (Stafford, Va./North Stafford) – watched their first career hits sail over the fence for a home run. Brown’s round-tripper came on March 7 against Brown University in her seventh career at-bat, while Scroggin’s occurred against Howard on March 17 in her third career trip to the plate.
In the Clutch: UMBC has been extremely successful driving in runners who reach third base with less than two outs, batting .522 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 II: Fefel is also batting .485 (16-for-33) with runners in scoring position, leading four Retrievers hitting better than .340 with runners on second or third.
Rally on Two: Five Retrievers are batting .300 or better with two outs, led by sophomore left fielder Kaela Mason (Bel Air, Md./Harford Tech) at .360 (9-for-25), while Thompson has a team-best 18 hits with two down, batting .353, and Weller leads the Retrievers with nine two-out RBI.
In a Pinch: The Retrievers have 15 pinch hits this season, including six by O’Malley and five by Mason. Pinch hitters are batting .283 on the year