BALTIMORE – After getting rained out in its America East opener over the weekend, UMBC softball returns to action on Wednesday, March 25 when the Retrievers host UMES in a midweek doubleheader. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. at the UMBC Softball Stadium.
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS (8-11, 0-0 AE): The Retrievers have won eight of their last 11 contests, including six of eight games on their home field. UMBC split last Wednesday's doubleheader with Lafayette, despite sophomore Jessica Holte and freshman Kim Puccio combining to allow just one earned run in 14 innings of play and striking out 13 batters.
Offensively, freshman Tori Alexander has posted a team-best .412 batting average on the season and is in the midst of a seven-game hit streak. Senior Kaelin Jackson and senior Taylor Hall have combined for 12 extra-base hits and 21 runs batted in. Hall leads the team in walks (13) and on-base percentage (.508), while Jackson's .574 slugging percentage is a team-best. Freshman Emily Neal was named the America East Rookie of the Week and is batting .333 for the year.
In the circle, UMBC's pitching staff has posted a 1.75 ERA at home, holding opponents to a .214 batting average. Senior Miranda Clark has registered a 2-0 record in her five appearances and is holding batters to a .154 average. Holte (4-5) has a team-best 2.37 ERA in 59.0 innings of work.
SCOUTING THE HAWKS (3-15, 1-2 MEAC): UMES dropped two of three in its MEAC opening series against Howard over the weekend. Junior Trenece Nash registered her first home run of the season over the weekend and tallied three RBI in the Hawks' 6-5 victory on Saturday.
Junior Vanessa Gomez leads UMES in a majority of its offensive categories, posting a .436 batting average and driving in a team-best 10 runs on the year. Gomez has also registered eight extra-base hits and is tied for first on the team with 10 stolen bases.
In the circle, junior Abria Tinsley has recorded a team-best 2-7 record in 14 appearances, but Adrienne Guerra has a team-low 9.20 ERA.
UP NEXT FOR THE RETRIEVERS: UMBC opens America East action with a three-game series against Hartford, starting with a doubleheader on Saturday, March 28 at the UMBC Softball Stadium. The series concludes with a single game on Sunday, March 29.