BALTIMORE – UMBC softball returns home for their second non-conference doubleheader of the week on Thursday, April 23 when the Retrievers face Towson. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. at UMBC Softball Stadium.
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS (21-18):
UMBC split its eight non-conference games over the last week and a half, including Tuesday's doubleheader at Mount St. Mary's. Sophomore Kaelin Jackson batted .600 with a .714 slugging percentage versus the Mount, while senior Taylor Hall continued her climb within the Retrievers' record book, becoming the program's all-time leader in extra-base hits (81) and moving into third in doubles (46).
Hall leads the team in on-base percentage (.500), slugging percentage (.670) and runs batted in (37) on the season, while also ranking in the top-five all-time at UMBC in each category. Freshman Tori Alexander leads a lineup that has five players batting above .300. The rookie is hitting at a .424 clip for the year with 23 runs batted in and 19 stolen bases. Classmate Emily Neal has hit for a .371 average and has chipped in seven stolen bases on the season.
Each of the Retrievers' five pitchers has seen action during the Retrievers' current non-conference stretch. Sophomore Jessica Holte (13-7) earned her 13th victory of the season on Tuesday and leads the team in both ERA (1.98) and strikeouts (87). Senior Miranda Clark is coming off the best performance of her career on Senior Day and is holding opponents to a team-low .159 batting average.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS (25-18):
Towson is coming off a CAA series at North Carolina Wilmington over the weekend. The Tigers dropped two of three in the series to fall to 6-9 in league play. Towson's line-up is anchored by sophomore Holiday Cahill, who leads the team in most offensive categories, including a .40 batting average, 35 RBI and 11 home runs on the season. Freshman infielder Brook Miko is close behind with a .353 average, 19 extra-base hits and 30 runs batted in.
On the pitching side, senior Missy McCormick has a 13-6 record, having thrown 118.1 out of 269 innings for the Tigers with a 2.19 ERA and 101 strikeouts. Freshman Megan Dejter has chipped in six victories in her nine appearances with a 3.56 ERA.
UP NEXT FOR THE RETRIEVERS: UMBC closes out its home schedule with a three-game series against Binghamton, beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 25.