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Softball Travels to Saint Peterís for Midweek Doubleheader
BALTIMORE Ė UMBC softball hits the road for the first time since Feb. 24 when it travels to Saint Peterís for a midweek doubleheader on Wednesday, March 27. The Peacocks will look to avenge the Retrieversí 11-0 five-inning victory that took place on March 3 as part of the UMBC Retriever Classic. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. at Jaroschak Field.
UMBC (7-21, 1-2 AEC) battled Maine tough in its America East opening series over the weekend, but the Retrievers dropped two of three. The black and gold won game one of the series, 4-2, behind a two-run home run from sophomore Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va.), but fell in the second game of the doubleheader, 11-7, after allowing six runs in the top of the ninth inning. The Black Bears took the deciding game, 7-6, on Sunday on a two-run home run from Hannah Hill in the top of the seventh inning.
Hall leads the Retrievers offensively with a .405 batting average and team-bests in hits (32), doubles (six), home runs (six) and RBI (34). Junior Chelsea Bertoglio (Laguna Hills, Calif./Saddleback College), who returned to the lineup this weekend for the first time since March 2, has recorded a .526 on-base percentage and is hitting .372 on the season. Freshman Bridget OíMalley (Brooklyn, Md./Seton Keough) leads the squad in runs scored (25), stolen bases (10) and walks (25) Ė having already become the single-season leader for walks by a freshman at UMBC.
In the circle, Heather Brown (Pasadena, Md./Northeast) has a career-low ERA of 3.33 on the season. The senior has posted a 4-8 record and leads the team in strikeouts (35), while holding batters to a .294 batting average.
When the two programs met on March 3, Brown threw her second consecutive shutout and held the Peacocks to one hit and one walk. Junior Caitlin Chance (Easton, Md./Easton) went two-for-three against Saint Peterís and had four RBI in the contest.
Saint Peterís (3-22) was swept in doubleheader by Army in its latest contest. Sophomore Francesca DíAmato had a team-best three hits against the Black Nights, while freshman Lee Harrison made her Jersey City debut with two hits and a run scored for the Peacocks.
DíAmato leads the team with a .329 batting average, 24 hits and 11 RBI. Harrison has a squad-best three home runs and ranks second, batting .314. Sophomore Chelsea Crews has chipped in 19 hits and six runs scored for the Peacocks.
In the circle, Saint Peterís has evenly distributed its work load between four pitchers. Junior Erica Colon has thrown six complete games and is tied with senior Shelby Beaver for a team-best 21 strikeouts. Harrison, whose 34.0 innings of work is a team-low, is holding batters to a 1.44 batting average.