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Softball Steps Out Of Conference For Midweek Clash With Towson
BALTIMORE Ė UMBC softball looks to bounce back from a rough stretch as it takes a break from America East action and welcomes local rival Towson to the UMBC Softball Stadium for a single game on Wednesday, April 10. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.
UMBC (8-28, 1-8 AEC) dropped all three games against Binghamton over the weekend and have lost seven in a row. The Retrievers held the America Eastís top offense to two runs through seven innings in game one on Saturday, but went on to fall, 3-2, in nine innings. The black and gold dropped the final two games of the series, 14-1 and 5-0.
UMBCís offense is led by sophomore catcher Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va.), who ranks atop of the league in hits (37), RBI (34) and total bases (61). Hall also leads the team in batting average (.402) and on-base percentage (.465). Junior first baseman Chelsea Bertoglio (Laguna Hills, Calif./Laguna Hills/Saddleback College) has registered a .458 on-base percentage in her first year with the Retrievers and is batting .417 with runners in scoring position.
In the circle, senior Heather Brown (Pasadena, Md./Northeast) has started 16 games and made 22 appearances on the year. Brown (5-12) has recorded a team-best 42 strikeouts in 98.0 innings pitched. Freshman Rachel Ionata (Tampa, Fla./Palm Harbor University) and sophomore Miranda Clark (Tampa, Fla./H.B. Plant) have each made 16 appearances on the season and have combined for 14 starts.
Towson (18-23-1, 2-7 CAA) notched its first two Colonial Athletics Association victories of the season over the weekend, taking two of three against Georgia State.
Sophomore infielder Hailey Balk leads the team with a .325 batting average on the year, while junior third baseman Delanie Dunham leads the team in RBI (23), stolen bases (13) and on-base percentage (.380).
In the circle, the Tigers have used a three-arm rotation, led by senior Katie Lingmai. Lingmai (9-12) has four shutouts on the year and has fanned 139 batters in 129.2 innings of work, while holding batters to a .262 batting average. Sophomore Missy McCormick is also limiting opposing offenses to a .285 average in her 17 appearances.