The UMBC Softball Team (19-27, 3-10 America East) travels to Emmitsburg, Maryland to take on in-state rival Mount Saint Mary's Mountaineers (19-28, 5-9 NEC) in a double-header on Wednesday in what will be the Retrievers' final road games of the season.
The Retrievers are looking to snap a six-game losing streak over the last two and a half weeks, including being swept in their recent series at UMass Lowell over the weekend.
Over the weekend, the Retrievers were led offensively over the weekend by juniors Carly Lesko (New Milford, N.J./New Milford) and Tori Alexander (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge Senior) and senior Kelly Lane (Albany, N.Y./Colonie Central). Both juniors provided a hit in all three games, including a two-run homer for Lesko, while Lane went 2-for-3 in the final game of the series with an RBI and a run scored.
Lane led the team in the circle last weekend as well, pitching in all three games, allowing three runs and 11 hits over 9.1 innings pitched in relief, including going 1.2 innings in game one allowing one hit and no runs in relief.
Freshman Maddie Daigneau continues to lead the team in batting average with a .370 mark and triples with five, and is tied with Alexander for the lead in hits with 54.
Junior Kim Puccio (Sparta, N.J./Sparta) continues to lead the team with a 2.55 ERA, 96 innings pitched, and 62 strikeouts.
The Retrievers' pitching staff remains atop the America East in pitching with a team ERA of 3.57.
Scouting the Mountaineers:
Mount Saint Mary's is coming off a 2-4 week, which included two wins against common opponent Howard University. The Mountaineers won both games of a double header at Howard by scores of 12-4 and 13-1, but were swept in double headers at Wagner and at home against Bryant.
The Mountaineers are led at the plate by Rachel Heinze, who leads the team in most major categories with a .399 average, 55 hits, 14 homeruns, 42 RBI, a .482 on-base percentage, and a .804 slugging percentage. She holds The Mount's top spot in career RBI with 114.
Sam Lichtner leads The Mount in the circle with a 2.99 ERA, 143 innings pitched, and 79 strikeouts. She has also tossed 16 complete games this season.
The Retrievers hold the series lead over the Mountaineers, 34-11, with the Retrievers owning a 14-2 record at The Mount.
Game one of the double-header will begin at 2:00 PM, with game two beginning immediately after.