BALTIMORE – After 16 straight road contests to open its 2014 campaign, the UMBC softball team is set to host a doubleheader against Rhode Island for its home-opener on Tuesday, March 11 at the UMBC Softball Field.
The Retrievers are off to a tremendous start, posting a 12-4 mark for its best start since the 2010 season. UMBC took three-of-four from UMES over the weekend, including the Retrievers' first-ever perfect game from freshman pitcher Kelly Lane (Albany, N.Y./Colonie Central) in the second game on Saturday. Also reaching milestones over the weekend were senior Caitlin Chance (Easton, Pa./Easton) and junior Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va/Cosby). Chance registered her 100th career hit in the second inning of the series finale, while Hall moved into a tie with Stevie Shore ('06) for ninth place on UMBC's all-time home runs list.
Freshman pitcher Jessica Holte (Ashland, Va./Atlee) remained unbeaten over the weekend, picking up two more victories in the series to improve to 8-0 on the season. Holte is one win away from entering the top-10 at UMBC for wins as a freshman.
The Retrievers are batting a combined .309 on the season and have four batters hitting over .350, led by Hall's .431 average. Senior Chelsea Bertoglio (Laguna Hills, Calif./Laguna Hills/Saddleback College) is adding a .404 average, with four doubles, two home runs and 13 RBI. In the leadoff position, sophomore Danielle O'Neill (Lothian, Md./Southern) leads the team in walks and ranks second on the team in on-base percentage (.469).
Rhode Island (1-8) has dropped three straight heading into Tuesday, including a 4-0 loss to Delaware and a 9-1 loss to Longwood on Saturday at the Longwood Invitational. Junior Megan Congro scored the lone run of the day for the Rams on a sacrifice fly. Senior Jocelyn Mattison leads the offense with a .318 batting average. Her seven hits is a team-best and she has driven in one run. Congro and freshman Marylynn Muldowney have each driven in a pair of runs on the season. Senior Sam Bedore has the lone win the in the circle for Rhode Island and has fanned a team-best 13 batters.