Baltimore, Md. – The UMBC softball team (1-9) travels down to Washington D.C. to participate in the Georgetown Tournament this weekend. They will begin play Friday, March 2 in a doubleheader against Columbia and Howard with first pitch scheduled for 12:30 PM and 2:30 PM, respectively. The second day of the tournament will pit the Retrievers in another doubleheader, this time against Virginia at 12:30 PM and Iona at 3:00 PM. They will finish out the tournament on Sunday, March 4 with a single game against the host Georgetown at 3:00 PM.
The Black and Gold are back in action after coming back from the Louisiana Classics, where they had their chances in each game, but unfortunately dropped each game played in.
UMBC is lead at the plate by Maddie Daigneau (New River, Ariz./Boulder Creek), who is hitting a team high .345. Carly Lesko (New Milford, N.J./New Milford) has a team high four RBI, while Sierra Pierce (Youngstown, Ohio/Jackson-Milton) has the lone home run on the team. In the circle, Kim Puccio (Sparta, N.J./Sparta) leads the Retrievers with a 4.16 ERA, to go along with 11 strikeouts in 33.2 innings pitched. All are team highs among the staff.
Scouting the Lions:
Columbia (0-5) is coming off their season opening tournament, participating in the FAU "Strike-Out-Cancer" Tournament in Boca Raton, Fl. They dropped all five games they played in over the past weekend. Taylor Troutt leads the Lions offensively with a .300 batting average, and in a three way tie for the team lead in RBI with two a piece with Maria Pagane and Amber Swinarski. Pagane also has the lone home run on the team. Erin Gallo leads the pitching staff with a 2.76 ERA and 11 strikeouts. Madison Canby leads the team in innings pitched with 19.0.
Scouting the Lady Bison:
Howard (2-12) is coming off of a doubleheader with George Washington on Wednesday, February 28, not mustering a run in either game as they dropped the first game 8-0 and the second game 16-0. At the plate, Trinity Gibbs leads the team with a .343 batting average. Alyssa Lavine provides the power with four extra base hits and 10 RBI, while her and Breanna Robinson tie at a home run a piece for the team lead. Mackenzi Steele and Desiree Renteria both have a win each, with Steele leading the team in ERA (5.39), innings pitched (36.1), and strikeouts (18).
Scouting the Cavaliers:
Virginia (6-10) is coming off a home loss to Campbell on Wednesday, February 28, as the final score ended at 16-2. Offensively, the Cavs are lead by a trio of players. Olivia Gott has the batting average lead, hitting at a clip of .375. Lacy Smith leads the team with 15 RBI, while Allison Davis has powered the team with three home runs. The pitching staff is held down by Lacy Smith and Erika Osherow. Both have three wins, while Smith leads in ERA (3.70) and strikeouts (24). Osherow leads the team with 42.2 innings pitched.
Scouting the Gaels:
Iona (1-4) is also coming off their season opening tournament, traveling to Charleston, S.C. to play in the Cougar Classic at College of Charleston. They would drop four of five during the tournament, picking up their lone win against the host. At the plate, Kimmi Chiapparelli has a team high .400 batting average. Ciarra DiGuilio leads the team with two home runs and five RBI. For the pitching staff, Alana Evans leads the team with a 1.74 ERA to go along with 10 strikeouts. Marnie Skinner has the lone win for the staff, with a team high 12.0 innings pitched.
Scouting the Hoyas:
Georgetown (3-11) is returning from the Chanticleer Showdown in Conway, S.C. The Hoyas dropped four of the five games that they played in, with the lone win being against Pittsburgh. Theresa Kane leads the team offensively, batting at a .320 clip. Noelle Holiday provides the firepower by leading the team with two home runs and 10 RBI. In the circle, Anna Brooks Pacha has a team high 3.52 ERA to go along with a 2-4 record. Pacha leads the team with 38.1 innings pitched and 35 strikeouts as well.