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):