Softball Returns to North Carolina for Five-Game Seahawk Softball Classic

Softball Returns to North Carolina for Five-Game Seahawk Softball Classic

The UMBC Softball team returns to North Carolina this weekend to partake in UNC Wilmington's Hampton Inn University Area Seahawk Softball Classic in Wilmington, N.C.

The Retrievers (3-6) will play a pair of games on Friday against Appalachian St. and then the host UNC Wilmington, followed by two more games on Saturday against UNC Wilmington and North Texas.  They also will play one on Sunday depending on their seed from the previous four games.
UMBC will look to improve on their 2-3 showing in the North Carolina A&T Aggie Invitational where they dropped their final three games.  The bats will look to heat back up as the Retrievers scored just eight runs in the last four games of the tournament, batting a combined .226 during that stretch. 
Leading the way for the Retrievers during the tournament was freshman shortstop Maddie Daigneau (New River, Ariz./Boulder Creek) and sophomore outfielder Morgan Peyou (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) hitting .471 and .438 respectively. Daigneau also sported a slugging percentage of .824, including two doubles and two triples. Senior pitcher Jessica Holte (Ashland, Va./Atlee) tossed a complete game shutout against Appalachian St., allowing just four hits and walking none in the contest.
Daigneau, Peyou, and Holte were well recognized for their performances, taking being named to four awards for the week.  Dagineau was named America East Player and Rookie of the Week, Peyou was named College Sports Madness America East Player of the Week, and Holte was named America East Pitcher of the Week.

Scouting the Mountaineers

Appalachian St. (5-4) is a familiar foe for UMBC. They faced off twice last weekend and split the matchups, losing 1-0 to UMBC, and winning 9-2. Appalachian St. is coming off a 3-1 performance in the Aggie Invitational.  The Mountaineer offense is led by freshman Alisha Josey and sophomore Natalie Orcutt. Josey is sporting a .357 batting average that includes one homerun and six RBI.  Orcutt is batting .333 with three doubles and has also drawn six walks in nine games.  Their pitching staff is led by senior Vanessa Ciocatto and freshman Kenzie Loganecker who sport ERA's of 0.81 and 1.98 respectively. 

Scouting the Seahawks

The tournament hosts UNC Wilmington (3-1) is coming off a 3-1 weekend in the Charleston Southern Classic, dropping their only game to the host in an eight-inning contest. Their high-powered offense is led by sophomores Rachel Willis, Kelli Freeman and Hannah Adamcyzk and seniors Lauren Moore and Merritt Wilkinson, who each hit one round tripper in their season opening weekend in South Carolina. Willis, Freeman, Moore, and Wilkinson all share the team lead in RBI with three. The team is collectively hitting .297, slugging .468, and getting on base at a .355 rate. Senior Peyton Jordan is 1-1 and leads the Seahawks in the circle, tossing two complete games, allowing just six hits and one earned run, giving her a .049 ERA.

Scouting the Mean Green

North Texas (4-5) is coming off a 3-2 showing at the Baylor Tournament, including knocking off #23 in the country in hosts Baylor.  The Mean Green are led in offense by freshman Lacy Gregory and senior Kelli Schkade.  Gregory leads the team in most categories with a .481 average, 13 hits, two homeruns, and 10 RBI.  Schkade, First-Team All-Conference for 2016, sports a .387 average along with 12 hits and one homerun, as well as the team lead in runs (7) and triples (1). Heading the pitching staff is senior Stacey Underwood with a 3.37 in six appearances so far, this season.   


UMBC at Seahawk Softball Classic Schedule

Friday, February 24th, 2017

10:00 AM – vs. Appalachian St.

12:30 PM – vs. UNC Wilmington
Saturday, February 25th, 2017

10:00 AM – vs. UNC Wilmington

 3:00 PM – vs. North Texas
Sunday, February 26th, 2017

10 AM or 12:30 PM – vs. TBD