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Softball Travels to America East Leader Albany Over the Weekend
BALTIMORE – UMBC softball travels to America East leader Albany for a three-game series, starting with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 20, followed by a single game on Sunday, April 21. Saturday’s action opens at 1 p.m. at Albany Field, while Sunday’s first pitch is set for noon.
The Retrievers (8-33, 1-11 AEC) are coming off an 8-3 loss to Georgetown, in which the black and gold outhit the Hoyas 9-5 and left nine runners on base. Sophomore catcher Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va./Cosby) went a perfect 3-for-3 from the dish, while fellow captain, junior second baseman Caitlin Chance (Easton, Md./Easton) blasted a three-run home run to tie up the game in the top of the third.
Hall leads the team, hitting at a .411 clip for the season, to go along with seven doubles, six home runs and 34 RBI, while Chance ranks second on the team with 38 hits and 19 runs batted in. Junior first baseman Chelsea Bertoglio (Laguna Hills, Calif./Laguna Hills/Saddleback College) is posting a .444 on-base percentage for the season and leads the squad with a .988 fielding percentage.
Senior pitcher Heather Brown (Pasadena, Md./Northeast) is tied for third all-time at UMBC for appearances (102), seeing action in 26 games during the 2013 campaign. Brown has 49 strikeouts in 119 innings of work and has accounted for five of the team’s eight wins on the year.
The Great Danes (25-10, 8-1 AEC) have won five in a row, including a sweep of Wednesday’s doubleheader against Cornell. Junior pitcher Brittany MacFawn tossed a one-hitter in a 3-0 victory in game one, and back-to-back three-run innings gave UAlbany a 6-4 win in game two.
Freshman shortstop Maggie Cocks has registered a team-best 14 extra base hits and 27 RBI, while sophomore outfielder Vicky McFarland has driven in 24 runs and leads the team with seven round-trippers. Junior first baseman Charlise Castro is the third member of the Great Danes with 20-plus RBI and leads the team with a .459 on-base percentage.
Albany’s pitching staff leads the league with a combined earned run average of 2.57 for the season. MacFawn (16-6) and junior Emily Ostrom (9-4) have combined for all 251.0 innings of work for the Great Danes. MacFawn has fanned 191 batters on the season and eclipsed the 500 strikeout mark earlier this week.