UMBC Softball Hosts a Pair of Non-Conference Doubleheaders Over the Weekend

UMBC Softball Hosts a Pair of Non-Conference Doubleheaders Over the Weekend

BALTIMORE – UMBC softball continues non-conference action on its America East bye-week by hosting a pair of doubleheaders at UMBC Softball Stadium over the weekend. The Retrievers will welcome South Carolina State to Baltimore on Friday, April 17 with a 1 p.m. first pitch, followed by a Saturday, April 18 doubleheader against Lehigh. Saturday will mark Senior Day for the Retrievers, which will be celebrated between the 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. doubleheader.


UMBC finished its eight-game road swing with a 5-3 record, including a split in Wednesday's doubleheader at La Salle. The Retrievers recorded 12 of their 14 hits in game one against the Explorers, including a pair of three-run home runs from junior Bridget O'Malley and senior Taylor Hall, while sophomore pitcher Jessica Holte held La Salle to three hits and struck out eight batters in the 6-1 victory.

Hall stands one hit shy of 200 hits for her career and currently ranks fourth all-time at UMBC in career extra-base hits (76) and RBI (140). The senior leads the team with 27 RBI on the season and is posting a .527 on-base percentage for the year. Freshman Tori Alexander paces the squad with a .424 batting average and 13 stolen bases. Sophomore Kaelin Jackson has 10 extra-base hits and ranks second on the squad with a .527 slugging percentage.  

In the circle, sophomore Jessica Holte has won 10 of her last 11 starts and is posting a team-best 1.89 ERA. Holte has posted an 11-6 record, with two shutouts and 16 complete games. Senior Miranda Clark has posted a 2-1 record on the season and is holding opponents to a .214 batting average. Freshman Kim Puccio ranks second on the team with three wins and 41 strikeouts.   


South Carolina State took two of three against North Carolina Central over the weekend to improve to 2-7 in MEAC action. The Bulldogs take on UMES in a doubleheader on Thursday before heading to take on the Retrievers on Friday.

Junior Ciana Burt leads the team with a .340 batting average and a .411 on-base percentage, while freshman Jada Richardson has driven in a team-best 17 runs. In the circle, sophomore Jareece Sayles has posted a team-best 5-11 record and a 4.23 ERA.


Lehigh has won three of its last four games, including a 7-6 extra inning victory against Princeton on Wednesday. The Mountain Hawks take on Boston University in a single-game on Friday before traveling to play the Retrievers.

Junior Alexis Watanabe paces an offense that has three players batting over .400, hitting at a .452 clip with a .478 on-base percentage. Junior Jessica Calvini has a team-best three home runs and 25 RBI. In the circle, the Mountain Hawks' pitching staff has a pair of players with ERAs below two, led by senior Emily Bausher at a 1.56 ERA. Bausher has a 13-4 record with six shutouts.  

UP NEXT FOR THE RETRIEVERS: UMBC hits the road for a doubleheader against Mount St. Mary's on Tuesday, April 21.      

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