BALTIMORE– UMBC softball's Melanie Denischuk (2005-07) has been named as one of six former Retriever student-athletes that will be inducted into the UMBC Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, Jan. 31. A dinner and subsequent ceremony will take place, beginning at 6 p.m., at the Westin BWI Airport Hotel.
"Melanie was the most prolific and clutch left-handed hitters that I've ever coached," said UMBC head coach Joe French about the honoree.
During her two-year stint with the Retrievers, Denischuk did all she could to make a big impact for the program, posting quite possibly the greatest season in America East softball history in 2006. Denischuk, the 2006 America East Player of the Year, was named a finalist (Top 25) for USA Player of the Year and earned National Fast Pitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Mid-Atlantic All-Region First Team recognition, after leading the NCAA in runs batted in (82) and nearly pacing the country in home runs, finishing with 24 blasts after two were lost due to a game being called due to darkness (would have given her the title).
The designated player earned her second straight America East All-Conference First Team selection in 2007 after hitting .317 and posting 40 runs batted in with 10 doubles and six home runs.
The Canadian finished with a laundry list of accolades during her two seasons, including five America East Player of the Week accolades and earning the UMBC's Female Athlete of the Year (2006). Denischuk posted then-program records in batting average (.380), runs batted in (125), walks (56) and slugging percentage (.716), while also ranking third in home runs (30) and ninth in total bases (239).
Tickets to the event are still available and can be purchased online at Retriever Net, UMBC's Alumni Community website. The direct link is http://alumni.umbc.edu/s/1325/index_social.aspx?sid=1325&pgid=1193&gid=1&cid=2338&ecid=2338&post_id=0