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.
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS (18-15):
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.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS (7-19):
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.
SCOUTING THE MOUNTAIN HAWKS (27-6):
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.