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.
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.
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.
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.
10:00 AM – vs. UNC Wilmington
10 AM or 12:30 PM – vs. TBD