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Softball Continues America East Action at Home Versus Binghamton
BALTIMORE – UMBC softball continues America East action over the weekend with a three-game series against Binghamton, starting with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 6 at the UMBC Stadium, with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday’s single game is set for noon and can be seen live on UMBCRetrievers.tv.
The injury-stricken Retrievers (8-25, 1-5 AEC) have dropped their last four contests, including three to Stony Brook last weekend. Freshman Danielle O’Neill (Loathian, Md./Southern) hit a team-best .667 (4-for-6) on the weekend and added two walks for a .750 on-base percentage.
UMBC, who ranks second in the league in batting average at .286, is led offensively by Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va./Cosby). The sophomore is one of just four players in the America East batting over .400 on the season, and also sits atop of the conference in RBI (34) and total bases (57). Freshman Bridget O’Malley (Brooklyn, Md./Seton Keough) ranks second on the team in on-base percentage (.447) after racking up a UMBC rookie record for walks (25). O’Malley also leads the league in runs scored (26) and has a team-best 10 stolen bases.
The Retrievers’ pitching staff is piloted by senior Heather Brown (Pasadena, Md./Northeast), who has thrown 85 innings of work in 20 appearances and has a team-best 38 strikeouts. Sophomore reliever Miranda Clark (Tampa, Fla./H.B. Plant) is holding batters to a .263 batting average in 29.0 innings.
Binghamton (12-11, 2-1 AEC) has won three of its last four contests, including a split in Thursday’s doubleheader against Syracuse. The Bearcats dropped the first game 14-10 to the Orange, but rebounded with an 8-0 victory in five innings in game two. Senior pitcher Rhoda Marsteller threw her first shutout of the season in the win, while freshman Taylor Chaffee drove in a team-best four runs in the two games.
BU’s .296 batting average is a conference-best. Freshman Lisa Cadogan leads the team in batting average (.356), hits (26), doubles (seven), home runs (six) and RBI (22). Junior Jessica Bump has also contributed 22 RBI and 12 extra base hits on the year.
In the circle, Marsteller has five wins in eight starts this season, while junior Demi Laney has three complete game shutouts on the season, accounting for three of her four victories on the season. Laney ranks fourth in the conference in strikeouts with a team-best 69 on the year.