Baltimore, Md.—UMBC softball, winners of three of their last four, begins America East play against Stony Brook on Friday and Saturday at UMBC Softball Stadium. The Retrievers are coming off a 6-1 win against Siena back on March 18 in an abbreviated UMBC Spring Classic. The rest of the weekend was cancelled due to bad weather. UMBC got a big day from America East Player of the Week Bridget O'Malley (Baltimore, Md./Seton Keough), who went 3-4 with a home run and four RBI to move the Retrievers to 12-14 on the year.
Stony Brook Series Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (12-14, 0-0 AE) vs. Stony Brook Seawolves (8-14-1, 0-0 AE)
Where: UMBC Softball Stadium – Baltimore, Md.
When: Friday, March 25 (DH) starting at 1 p.m. and Sunday, March 26 starting at 12 p.m.
Social Media: @UMBCSoftball, @AmericaEast, #GritAndGlory, #AESB
Scouting the Retrievers:
-The Retrievers enter the weekend set with the Seawolves at 12-14, having most recently defeated Siena in a rain shortened UMBC Spring Classic. UMBC got a big day from Bridget O'Malley, who went 3-4 with a home run, totaling four RBI. UMBC held the Saints to just five hits and one run in the second inning in the victory.
-O'Malley, along with Morgan Peyou (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) lead the team offensively, with both hitting over .400 at .446 and .471 respectively. O'Malley has a pair of home runs with 21 RBI, four doubles and 17 runs scored, while Peyou is tied for the team lead with 33 hits, and has 25 runs scored and nine RBI to her credit, and sits at 24th in the nation in batting average.
-The Retriever pitching staff is led by Jessica Holte (Ashland, Va./Atlee) who has made 11 starts on the year, going 6-5 in those starts. She leads the staff having thrown 60.2 innings with a 4.62 ERA. She has struck out 26 batters while giving up just 11 walks on the year.
Scouting the Seawolves:
-Stony Brook travels to Baltimore with an 8-14-1 record, having won three of their last four, including a win at Central Connecticut State on Tuesday. The Seawolves jumped on the Blue Devils early, taking a 4-0 lead after two innings. The two sides battled to a 3-3 tie in the second game of the series, as the game was called due to darkness.
-The Seawolves have a pair of players hitting over .300 for the year in Allie Pisciotta and Diane Caruso. Pisciotta is batting .338 with a team best 25 hits and 11 RBI to go along with two home runs and four doubles. Caruso is hitting .311 with 19 hits and ten RBI. She is tied for the team lead with two homers and leads the team with five doubles.
-Stony Brook's pitching staff is dominated by Jane Sallen, who has thrown 95.1 innings, almost 60 more than that of Maddy Neales, who has 35.0 innings pitched. Sallen is 6-9 in 14 starts with 12 complete games and one shutout, having struck out 52 batters for a 3.45 ERA.
-Stony Brook leads the all-time series, 26-13, including a three game sweep last year on Long Island.
-All-time in games played in Baltimore, Stony Brook has won 14 of 18 games played.
-Following the series with the Seawolves, UMBC will close out the month of March with games against local-rival Coppin State and Brown. The Eagle and Retrievers will play a single game on Tuesday, March 29, starting at 2 p.m. Brown and UMBC will play two on Wednesday, March 30 starting at 2 p.m.