BALTIMORE - UMBC Director of Athletics Tim Hall announced today that Head Softball Coach Joe French has announced his retirement from coaching, effective July 1, 2016. French dedicated 15 seasons as UMBC’s head softball coach and 35 years to the field of collegiate coaching. He compiled a record of 435-397-1 (52.3 winning percentage) at UMBC and a mark of 649-506-1 (56.2%) in 23 seasons as a head softball coach.
The UMBC Softball team fought valiantly, but could not hold-off two-time defending America East regular season champion Stony Brook, falling 5-2 in the second America East Tournament elimination game on the campus of Binghamton University.
Sophomore pitcher Kim Puccio (Sparta, N.J./Sparta) dazzled in her postseason debut, allowing just one hit and striking out three as the fifth-seeded UMBC Softball team defeated sixth-seeded Hartford, 4-0, in an America East Tournament elimination game on Wednesday afternoon at Binghamton University. The win was the first America East Tournament victory for the Retrievers since 2008.
Vestal, N.Y. – The fifth-seeded UMBC Softball team found themselves with an early lead, but could not hold it, as fourth-seeded Stony Brook rallied for a 3-1 win in the first round of the America East Tournament on the campus of Binghamton University.
Vestal, N.Y. – Freshman outfielder Morgan Peyou (Mercer Island, Wash/Mercer Island) and senior shortstop Bridget O’Malley (Baltimore,Md/Seton Keough) earned spots on the America East All-Rookie and All-Academic teams, respectively, the conference announced Tuesday night at a banquet on the campus of Binghamton University.
The fifth-seeded UMBC Softball team travels to Binghamton for the America East Tournament beginning on Wednsday morning. The Retrievers will be looking for their first America East title and first NCAA tournament appearance since 2002 when they won the NEC Tournament. UMBC (24-29, 5-11) will face No.4 Stony Brook (24-22-2, 11-6) in the first round of the double-elimination tournament on Wednesday at 11 a.m. The winner advances to face regular-season champion and No.1 seeded Binghamton on Thursday at 11 a.m., while the loser will play in a Wednesday afternoon (4 p.m.) elimination game against the loser of the No.3 Albany-No.6 Hartford game.
Orono, Maine -- Senior catcher Jordan Sganga (Edgewater, Md./South River) knocked a two-out tie-breaking RBI double down the right field line to score Danielle O'Neill (Lothian, Md./Southern) and give UMBC (24-29, 5-11) a 2-1 win in game two of a doubleheader at Maine. In game one, the Retrievers managed just one baserunner, via walk, and struck out 12 times as they were no-hit in a 6-0 loss.
The UMBC Softball team returns to action this weekend, when it travels to Maine for a three-game series to close out the regular season. The Retrievers (23-27, 4-9) are looking to cement their position as the fifth seed entering next week's America East tournament.
Freshman left fielder Morgan Peyou (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) hit a tie-breaking two-out single in the bottom of the fifth as the UMBC Softball team took game one of a critical America East series over UMass Lowell on Saturday. The River Hawks would fight back and take the second game, 4-2, to earn the split and setup a rubber match on Sunday at noon.
Fresh of of a doubleheader sweep of Norfolk State on Wednesday, the UMBC Softball team will host America East rival UMass Lowell for a three game series beginning with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday. Sunday's game will be at noon and UMBC will honor its seniors before the game with a special ceremony.
The UMBC Softball team closed out the non-conference slate in style with a doubleheader sweep of Norfolk State on Wednesday at UMBC Softball Stadium. UMBC (22-26, 3-8) knocked off the Spartans in game 1, 5-1, before exploding for 10 runs on 15 hits in a 10-2 six inning victory in game 2.
Sophomore pitcher Kim Puccio (Sparta, N.J./Sparta) was named America East Pitcher of the Week, the conference announced this afternoon. Puccio earned the honors after a complete-game two-hit shutout of Patriot League-leading Lehigh. The Mountain Hawks came in to the matchup with a 29-10 record, RPI of 61 and was the top offense in the Patriot League, but Puccio kept their bats quiet in the 2-0 win on Saturday.
Sophomore pitcher Kim Puccio (Sparta, N.J./Sparta) shut down Patriot League-leading Lehigh as the UMBC Softball team handed the Mountain Hawks only their second home loss of the season, 2-0, on Saturday at Leadership Park. Lehigh would take the second game 4-1 to earn the split.
Junior third baseman Kaelin Jackson (Export, Pa./Franklin Regional) homered for the fourth time in five games as the UMBC Softball team defeated Hartford, 5-0, on Sunday to take the three game series from the host Hawks.
Freshman Morgan Peyou (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) hit a tie-breaking, two-out single in the seventh inning to complete a final inning rally in game one as the UMBC Softball team split an America East doubleheader at Hartford on Saturday afternoon.
Junior third baseman Kaelin Jackson (Export, Pa./Franklin Regional) mashed three home runs and drove in seven total as the UMBC Softball team split a doubleheader with in-statr rival UMES on Thursday on the eastern shore.
For the first time since March 16th, the UMBC Softball team will leave the friendly confines of UMBC Softball Stadium when it travels across the Bay Bridge for a doubleheader on Thursday at UMES. The doubleheader was originally scheduled for Wednesday, but was pushed back a day due to weather. Game times are set for 2:30 and 4:30.
Due to impending inclement weather, the three-game weekend series between UMBC and Albany has been changed to a doubleheader on Sunday. There will be no third game. Sunday’s first game is slated to start at 12:30, with game two set for 2:45.
Baltimore, Md.-- Junior Kelly Lane (Albany, N.Y./Colonie Central) hit a solo home run, to give UMBC a 1-0 lead in the second inning, but Morgan State rallied late to beat the Retrievers, 6-1, on Wednesday afternoon at UMBC Softball Stadium.
Junior third baseman Kaelin Jackson (Export, Pa/Franklin Regional) had two doubles, including a two RBI one in the first, but it was not enough as the UMBC Softball team dropped the series finale, 3-2, to Binghamton on Sunday at UMBC Softball Stadium.
Baltimore, Md.-- The weekend softball series with Binghamton was moved to UMBC from New York due to weather concerns but being at home did not help the Retrievers on Saturday. UMBC dropped both ends of a doubleheader as the Bearcats scored victories of 6-0 and 10-2.
Binghamton is still the home team in this series, which concludes with a game on Sunday at noon as UMBC (16-19, 1-4) tries to prevent a sweep
Baltimore, Md.—Due to expected inclement weather in the Binghamton area, the UMBC and Binghamton three-game series has been moved to UMBC. Binghamton will remain the designated home team in all three matchups. The doubleheader on Saturday will begin at 1 p.m., while the series finale on Sunday will begin at noon.
Baltimore, Md.—Four Retrievers had multi-hit games as the UMBC Softball team split a doubleheader with Ivy League foe Brown on Wednesday afternoon in Baltimore. The Retrievers took game one, 5-3 before falling 5-1 in game two.