Baltimore, Md.—Fresh off a split a t Hampton, the UMBC Softball team will play host to host to the four-team UMBC Spring Classic beginning Friday morning and ending Sunday afternoon. La Salle, Sacred Heart and Siena will all be making the trip south to take part in the event.
Defending America East Rookie of the Week Morgan Peyou (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) paces the UMBC (11-14) offense with a .455 batting average and .514 on-base percentage. Sophomore first baseman Carly Lesko (New Milford, N.J./New Milford) leads in the power categories, belting a team-best nine home runs and 28 RBI.
Scouting the Saints (6-7)
Siena is coming off a 1-2 performance at Buccaneer Classic at East Tennessee State. The Saints are led on the offensive side by Brooke Taylor, who has team-bests in average (.364), slugging (.515), homers (one) and total bases (17) to go along with four RBI. Lauren Butts paces the pitching staff with a 4-3 record, 4.66 ERA and 33 strikeouts.
Scouting the Explorers (4-10)
La Salle went 2-3 last weekend at the Liberty Classic and this tournament will be the closest to Philadelphia they have been all season after opening with tournaments in South Carolina, Florida and Virginia. Valerie Pineiro leads the Explorers with seven RBI , three doubles and .353 slugging percentage (of players who have played at least 11 games). Mary Cate Scott has pitched in ten games (two starts) for La Salle, posting a 3-1 record and a team-low 4.67 ERA.
Scouting the Pioneers (6-11)
Sacred Heart joined La Salle last weekend at the Liberty Classic, going 2-2, including closing the tournament with a 3-1 victory over the Explorers. Lauren Delgadillo is second on the team in average (.309) and tops in hits (17), RBI (seven) and doubles (four). Emily Orosco has a team-low 1.03 ERA to go with a 2-1 record and 45 strikeouts.
UMBC Spring Classic Schedule
Fri. 18 Sacred Heart (H) v Siena 10:30 a.m.
Fri. 18 UMBC v Siena 12:45 p.m.
Fri. 18 Sacred Heart (H) v La Salle 3 p.m.
Sat. 19 La Salle (H) v Sacred Heart 10:30 a.m.
Sat. 19 UMBC v Siena 12:45 p.m.
Sat. 19 UMBC v La Salle UMBC 3 p.m.
Sun. 20 Siena (H) v La Salle 10:30 a.m.
Sun. 20 UMBC v Sacred Heart 12:30 p.m.