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Softball Closes Out Home Slate This Weekend Against Hartford; Retrievers to Honor Five Seniors on Sunday
Lauren O'Malley is batting .412 all-time against Hartford.
BALTIMORE—The UMBC softball team (22-21, 5-10 AE) hosts America East rival Hartford (7-30, 2-10 AE) for a three-game series this weekend to close out its 2011 home slate. 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 Hawks, the Retrievers will bid farewell to five seniors – second baseman Lauren Brummell (
Last Time Out: The Retrievers hit six home runs in a doubleheader sweep of
On the Hawks:
Inside the Series: UMBC leads the all-time series, 13-9, and has won nine of the last 10 meetings dating to 2007. The Retrievers took two of three last season in
Century Mark: Brummell became the ninth Retriever ever to collect 200 career hits with her leadoff home run in the second game against
Double Your Pleasure: Brummell leads the Retrievers and is tied for tops in the America East with 11 doubles this season, and she is tied for second all-time at UMBC with 46 career two-baggers. Brummell, who set the school single-season doubles record with 20 in 2009, also ranks fourth all-time with nine triples and sixth with 71 extra-base hits.
It’s Outta Here: Culotta became the eighth Retriever ever with 20 career home runs with her second blast against
Power Surge: Sophomore right fielder Ashley Scroggin (
Running Away With It: After going 5-for-5 on the base paths against
Winning It All: Weigman became UMBC’s all-time wins leader when she defeated Stony Brook, 6-1, on April 3. She did not allow an earned run and surrendered just five hits in the complete-game effort. Weigman now has 62 career victories.
Weigman’s Whiffs: Weigman, who entered the season as UMBC’s career strikeout leader, picked up her 700th career punchout on March 26 against Maine, and she now has 757 – over 300 more than any other Retriever, as her closest competitor, Crystal Ray, had 422 from 1998-2000. In addition, Weigman fanned her 100th batter of the season against Mount St. Mary’s on April 14, making her the only Retriever ever to strike out at least 100 batters in four straight seasons. She set the school’s single-season mark with 293 in 2009.
She’s No. 1: Weigman is also UMBC’s all-time leader in career innings pitched (732.2), games started (109) and appearances (141), and she is tied for the lead in complete games (68) while ranking second in saves 95) and sixth in shutouts (9).
Beasts in America East: The Retrievers lead the America East in batting average (.288), on-base percentage (.377), hits (323), total bases (504) and walks (148) and rank second in slugging percentage (.449), runs scored (210), doubles (61) and home runs (38). Culotta and Brummell rank third and fifth in the league, respectively, in hitting, and UMBC is the only team in the conference with five players batting better than .300.
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