Baltimore, MD – Junior pitcher Kim Puccio (Sparta, N.J/Sparta) earned America East Pitcher of the Week honors after her dominating weekend at Stony Brook.
Puccio tossed 12 innings against the Seawolves, allowed just one run and struck out 10 batters, and walked none. The junior also recorded her first shutout of the season over the weekend.
Also, UMBC (16-20, 2-3 America East) returns home to welcome Maryland Eastern Shore (10-14) for a double-header on Wednesday.
The Retrievers are led at the plate by freshman Maddie Daigneau (New River, Ariz./Boulder Creek). Daigneau leads the team in batting average (.427), hits (47), triples (5), and stolen bases (12). The freshman currently ranks in the top 50 in the nation in batting average and the top 10 in triples.
Senior Kaelin Jackson (Export, Pa./Franklin Regional) and junior Tori Alexander (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge Senior) also lead the Retrievers in major categories at the plate. Jackson has a team high five homeruns and 20 RBI while Alexander has a team high nine doubles.
Scouting the Hawks:
The Retrievers and Hawks have played twice this year in a double header in the middle of March. UMBC dropped the first game, but came back to shutout the Hawks 5-0 in the second game. This game included a combined shutout by Puccio and senior Jessica Holte (Ashland, Va./Atlee) in which they gave up just five hits.
The Hawks are coming into the games after being off for nine days. Their last action was a three-game set in Virginia taking on Norfolk State. The Hawks took two of three, including a shutout tossed by Adrienne Guerra in the rubber match.
Guerra is the Hawks' leading pitcher, sporting a 7-6 record with a 1.91 ERA over 84.1 innings pitched. She has tossed nine complete games and four shutouts.
At the plate, the Hawks are led by Samantha Casarez, Guerra, and Allison Anderson. Casarez owns a team high .420 batting average, 29 hits, two homeruns, and 14 RBI. Guerra is second in batting average and RBI with a .364 average and 12 RBI. Anderson holds the team lead in runs scored (20), doubles (7), and stolen bases (4), and is second in hits with 25.
UMBC holds a 17-4 all-time record against Maryland Eastern Shore.
The double-header will begin on Wednesday at 2 PM at UMBC Softball Stadium.