Softball Earns Five Awards at Conference Banquet
STONY BROOK, N.Y. – UMBC softball makes its return to the America East Championships for the first time since 2011 and on Wednesday was honored with five players receiving postseason recognition at the conference's award banquet on the campus of Stony Brook University. Junior catcher Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va./Cosby) and sophomore designated player Danielle O'Neill (Lothian, Md./Southern) highlighted the Retrievers' honors, each receiving a spot on the All-Conference First Team.
Senior first baseman Chelsea Bertoglio (Laguna Hills, Calif./Laguna Hills/Saddleback College) earned her first America East selection, being named to the second team, while newcomers Kelly Lane (Albany, N.Y./Colonie Central) and Jessica Holte (Ashland, Va./Atlee) rounded out the awards, each earning spots on the All-Rookie Team.
Hall becomes just the fourth Retriever to earn All-Conference First Team recognition in three straight seasons, after leading the league in hits, home runs, runs batted in and slugging percentage. The junior also ranks nationally in toughest batter to strikeout (29.4), slugging percentage (.777) and home runs (14). Hall posted UMBC single-season marks in eight categories and continued to move up on the Retrievers' career record list.
O'Neill earns firs team recognition after being a second team honoree a season ago. The sophomore joined Hall to become the first UMBC 10-plus home run duo since 2006. O'Neill earned her first America East Player of the Week honor on April 14 after posting a 1.375 slugging percentage. She reached base safely in a team-best 18 straight games, posted the fourth highest single-season walk total for a Retriever (33) and ranked second on the team with a .445 on-base percentage.
Bertoglio receives her first America East postseason honor, despite missing time due to injury. The first baseman ranked second on the team in runs batted in (28) and posted 11 extra-base hits. She earned her first-career America East Player of the Week honor on March 11, after driving in six runs in four games and posting a league-best .600 on-base percentage. That same afternoon she hit three home runs and drove in seven runs in a doubleheader against Rhode Island.
Lane registered the program's first perfect game on with a season-best 10 strikeouts in a 13-0 victory against UMES en route to being named the America East Rookie of the Week. The Albany, N.Y., native recorded a 7-7 record on the season with two shutouts and four complete games. She held opponents to a .280 batting average and struck out 51 batters.
Holte matched the program's highest win total for a freshman and ranked third in a single-season with 18 victories on the year. Her 2.24 ERA was third in the conference and ranks seventh in a single-season at UMBC. The rookie pitcher threw a conference-most 181.1 innings of work and posted 22 complete games. She shutout four teams and eclipsed the 100-strikeout plateau, fanning 103 batters. Holte entered the week ranked second in the nation in walks per seven innings (0.73).
The fourth-seeded Retrievers open tournament action on Thursday, May 8 against top-seeded Stony Brook at 1 p.m. at University Field.