BALTIMORE– UMBC softball jumps back into action over the weekend when it travels to the UNC Wilmington Landfall Park Hampton Inn & Suites Invitational. The Retrievers open action with a pair of games on Friday, Feb. 13, followed by a pair of games on Saturday, Feb. 14. Sunday's 12:30 p.m. game against the host Seahawks has been cancelled due to expected weather.
RETRIEVERS' WEEKEND SCHEDULE:
Friday, Feb. 13
UMBC vs. Georgetown @ 10 a.m.
UMBC vs. Saint Joseph's @ 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 14
UMBC vs. Saint Joseph's @ 10 a.m.
UMBC at UNC Wilmington @ 3 p.m.
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS: UMBC had a tough opening weekend, dropping all four contests to some challenging competition at the Charleston Southern Tournament. The Retrievers' bats were a bit rusty on the weekend, with the team batting .200 as a club, but sophomore Kaelin Jackson showed some power with a pair of home runs and three runs batted in for the tournament. UMBC worked in all five of its pitchers into the rotation on the first weekend, with sophomore Jessica Holte earning two starts and going two complete games in the tournament.
SCOUTING THE HOYAS: Georgetown was picked to finish third in the BIG East Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Hoyas return their ace Megan Hyson, who last year led the way for the Hoyas with a 15-11 record and posted an ERA of 2.36, while also leading Georgetown with a .373 batting average and 32 RBI. The Hoyas bring back 10 letterwinners from last year's team that finished the season with a program best 26 wins and four All-BIG EAST selections.
SCOUTING THE HAWKS: St. Joseph's was picked to finish third in the Atlantic 10 Preseason Poll. The Hawks return seven starters and 18 players overall from last year's club that finished third in the A-10 and went 22-20 overall. Seniors Ashley Alden and Melissa Ruf highlight the returners for the Hawks. Alden led the team in 2014 in slugging percentage (.584), runs scored (29), hits (39), RBI (23) and home runs (six), while Ruf piloted the squad in batting average (.363), on base percentage (.459) and doubles (10).
SCOUTING THE SEAHAWKS: UNC Wilmington was picked to finish seventh in their conference according to the Colonial Athletic Association Preseason Coaches' Poll. Led by senior pitcher Casey Rowland, the Seahawks will return 11 letterwinners from last year's squad. Rowland, who earned second team All-CAA last year, led the Seahawks with a 3.01 earned run average while pitching in 181.2 innings. Rowland, who set the school single-game record with 17 strikeouts against Campbell, tallied 179 strikeouts last year while recording 13 complete games.