BALTIMORE – UMBC softball closes out its regular season home schedule with a three-game series against Binghamton, beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 25 at 1 p.m. at UMBC Softball Stadium. The series finale is set for noon on Sunday, April 26.
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS (21-20, 7-2 AE):
After a bye-week in conference last weekend, UMBC closes out the regular season with eight conference games over the next 10 days. The Retrievers enter the stretch with a 7-2 record in America East play, which is good for second place in the league standings. UMBC is coming off a pair of losses to local-rival Towson on Thursday.
Freshman Tori Alexander leads the team and ranks fourth in the league in batting average (.408). The rookie ranks atop of the America East in hits (51) and runs scored (39), while also ranking third in stolen bases (20) and fifth in on-base percentage (.475). Senior Taylor Hall is hitting at a career-best .398 clip with a team-best 37 runs batted in, tied for second in the league. Freshman Emily Neal leads the team in on-base percentage (.615) during America East action with a .545 batting average.
Each of the Retrievers' five pitchers saw action during the Retrievers' recent non-conference stretch. Sophomore Jessica Holte is 13-8 on the season with 91 strikeouts. Holte has posted a 1.20 ERA during league games with a 5-1 record. Senior Miranda Clark is coming off a pair of great pitching performances, but did not come out on the winning end in either contest. The veteran ranks second on the team in ERA (3.04) and is holding opponents to a team-low .178 batting average.
SCOUTING THE BEARCATS (14-16, 5-5 AE):
Binghamton dropped two of three to Albany last weekend to move to an even 5-5 in league play. Freshman Kate Richard and freshman Jessica Rutherford batted in four runs apiece in the series finale against the Great Danes en route to an 11-6 victory for the Bearcats.
Binghamton's lineup is hitting at a .309 clip, led by a .415 average from Lisa Cadogan. The junior has registered 11 doubles and eight home runs to help drive in a team-best 37 runs on the season. Sydney Harbaugh ranks second on the team in RBI (23) and leads the squad with 22 stolen bases.
In the circle, Cara Martin has posted a 7-4 record in her 21 appearances and is holding batters to a .290 batting average. Sara Miller has started a team-high 15 games and paces the staff in strikeouts (45).
UP NEXT FOR THE RETRIEVERS: UMBC travels to Stony Brook, N.Y. for the final weekend of the regular season. The Retrievers will play Maine in a neutral site doubleheader on Wednesday, April 29, before battling the Seawolves in a three-game series over the weekend.