BALTIMORE – UMBC softball is set for four games in three days at the UMBC Softball Stadium, with a three-game series set for Sunday, March 29 and Monday, March 30 against America East foe Hartford and a Tuesday, March 31 matchup versus George Washington.
First pitch for Sunday's doubleheader is set for 2 p.m., followed by the series finale at 1 p.m. on Monday. The Retrievers take on GW for a 2 p.m. single game.
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS (10-11, 0-0 AE): The Retrievers open America East action against the Hawks, after postponing its Maine series due to field conditions last weekend. UMBC is coming off a sweep of Wednesday's doubleheader against UMES. Sophomore pitcher Jessica Holte came out with a 2-0 shutout victory in a pitching battle in game one, and the Retrievers' bats exploded for a season-high 13 runs on 17 hits in game two.
Senior Taylor Hall belted her second home run of the season against the Hawks to drive in three runs. Hall now ranks third all-time at UMBC in home runs (31) and is tied for seventh in runs batted in. Hall has reached base safely in 15 consecutive games and is first on the team in one-base percentage (.516). Sophomore Kaelin Jackson has a team-best seven extra-base hits and is tied with Hall for a team-high 12 runs batted in on the season. Freshman Tori Alexander has posted a team-best .421 batting average in the lead-off position and is in the midst of a nine-game hitting streak.
In the circle, Holte has won her last four decisions to improve to an even 5-5 record. The second-year pitcher has a team-best 2.12 ERA and has tossed a team-high 66.0 innings of work. Freshman Kim Puccio is coming off her first collegiate victory against UMES on Wednesday and ranks second on the team in strikeouts (26).
SCOUTING THE HAWKS (1-17, 0-0 AE): Hartford has lost 12 in a row and has not seen game action since Tuesday, March 17.
The Hawks are batting .212 as a team, led by a .340 average from freshman Jamie Soles. Senior Jackie Kelly and junior Sawyer Fried have each driven in a team-best nine runs on the season.
In the circle, Hartford's pitching staff has a combined 7.07 ERA. Freshman Bianca Ross has tossed a team-high 54.2 innings of work and has 17 strikeouts.
SCOUTING THE COLONIALS (14-11): George Washington takes on St. Bonaventure in Atlantic 10 action over the weekend before making the trip to the Retrievers on Tuesday. The Colonials have dropped three of their last five games, but were victorious at Virginia, 5-2, on Wednesday. Senior Victoria Valos registered her team-leading fourth home run of the season in the victory.
Junior Carlee Gray is batting a team-best .397 on the season with eight extra-base hits and 10 runs batted in. Valos leads seven hitters with 10-plus runs batted in on the year, with 21 RBI and a .344 batting average.
In the circle, freshman Sarah Costlow has posted an 11-9 record in her 22 appearance. She has tossed nine complete games, including a pair of shutouts. Sophomore Paige Kovalsky has posted a 3-0 mark in her 13 appearances and is holding batters to a .242 batting average.
UP NEXT FOR THE RETRIEVERS: UMBC hits the road for a three-game series against UMass Lowell over the weekend. The Retrievers open the trip with a doubleheader on Friday, April 3 and conclude the series with a single game on Saturday, April 4.