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Softball Opens Nine Game Road Trip at Boston University
BALTIMORE – UMBC softball opens a nine game road trip over the weekend, as the Retrievers make the trek to Boston University for a three-game series at the BU Softball Field. The weekend starts with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 13, set for a 1 p.m. first pitch. The weekend concludes on Sunday, April 14 with a single game at noon.
UMBC (8-29, 1-8 AEC) has dropped eight in a row, including Wednesday’s 10-0 loss to local rival Towson. The Tigers did all of their damage offensively in two innings, recording four runs on four hits in the top of the first and adding six runs on seven hits in the sixth.
Sophomore catcher Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va./Cosby) and junior first baseman Chelsea Bertoglio (Laguna Hills, Calif./Laguna Hills/Saddleback College) are each batting over .300 on the season and have each registered a .453 on-base percentage. Hall leads the America East in hits (37), RBI (34) and total bases (61). Freshman designated player Danielle O'Neill (Loathian, Md./Southern) has a team-best 12 multi-hit games on the year, while junior second baseman Caitlin Chance (Easton, Md./Easton) takes a three-game hitting streak into the weekend.
Boston University (11-20-1, 2-4 AEC) has fallen in each of its last three games, including a 2-1 loss to Harvard on Tuesday. Freshman pitcher Lauren Hynes held the Crimson to three hits through the first five innings, but back-to-back doubles and a defensive miscue allowed Harvard to edge the Terriers.
Jayme Mask is tied with Hall for a league-best 37 hits and also ranks second in the conference in stolen bases (19). The junior center fielder has posted a team-best .366 batting average, to go along with a .434 on-base percentage. Junior catcher Amy Ekart has contributed team-bests in home runs (three) and RBI (15).
Senior pitcher Whitney Tuthill ranks fourth in the America East with a 2.53 ERA on the season and sits in second in strikeouts with 93. Tuthill has made 24 appearances on the season and has accounted for nine of the team’s 11 victories.