Softball Set to Close Regular Season at Maine

Softball Set to Close Regular Season at Maine

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 Morgan Peyou (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) enters the game on a seven-game hitting streak and is batting a .386 with 56 hits, both team-bests. Carly Lesko (New Milford, N.J./New Milford) and Kaelin Jackson (Export, Pa./Franklin Regional) have driven in 37 runs each, while Lesko leads the team with ten homers, and Jackson is in second with eight. Senior shorstop Bridget O'Malley (Baltimore, Md./Seton Keough) is having a breakout year on offense, batting a career-high .379 with 53 hits. The Retrievers will need these bats as they are batting just .200 in America East action and Maine enters the series with a 2.20 ERA in conference play.

O'Malley just took the lead for all-time walks in school history (106), passing Kristie Pickeral (105) when she drew three walks last Saturday against UMass Lowell. She is currently tied for ninth with Pickeral with 118 runs scored and is in 11th place in all-time games played (204), three behind Amanda Fefel and assitant coach Julia Culotta. The senior also sits in tenth in games started (204), one behind Culotta and two behind Fefel.  

Scouting The Black Bears (23-18, 10-4):

The University of Maine softball team enters the game coming off a series sweep of Hartford on the road. The Black Bears knocked a season-high 17 hits in an 11-3 win on Sunday to complete the sweep. Maine is 6-1 at home this season, including 5-1 in America East play. They currently sit in third place in the conference, only a half-game behind second place Albany and a game-and-a-half behind first place Binghamton.

Sophomore right-handed pitcher Molly Flowers holds the teams lowest ERA of 2.78 and also has the highest strikeouts per game with 9.22. The Black Bears rotation includes Flowers and junior pitcher Erin Bogdanovich who has an ERA of 3.34 and 4.28 strikeouts per game. 

Maine's offense is lead by senior Janelle Bouchard and junior Rachel Harvey. Bouchard has 30 RBI and a .386 batting average. Harvey is close behind with 21 RBI and a batting average of .371.
The series begins with a single-game on Friday at 3 p.m., followed by a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m.