Baseball Faces In-State Opponents for Mid-Week Contests
Sophomore Kevin Ladner
Freshman Riley Stephenson
BALTIMORE – The UMBC baseball team wraps up its five-game home stand against UMES on Wednesday evening at Alumni Field before heading just off campus to take on Coppin State at Joe Cannon Stadium on Thursday night. Both games are scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. start.
The games are both return fixtures for the Retrievers having defeated UMES 3-1 in Princess Anne, Md. on Apr. 3 and squeaking by Coppin 2-1 in 12 innings on Apr. 23 at home. After going down 1-0 in the third to Coppin, UMBC tied the score on a wild pitch with two outs in the ninth and then won it on an RBI-single by junior Rob McCabe (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Joseph’s Prep) in the 12th.
Sophomore Kevin Ladner (Succasunna, N.J./Roxbury) will make his second start of the season on Wednesday against the Hawks. Ladner (3-1, 2.53) made his only other start of the season on Mar. 27 at George Washington, throwing three innings and giving up just one run on three hits. He was no-decisioned as the Retrievers rallied for a 4-1 win. UMES will counter with a staff outing ahead of the MEAC Tournament this weekend in Norfolk, Va.
On Thursday, the Retrievers will send freshman Riley Stephenson (Frederick, Md./Boonsboro) to the hill to face Coppin State’s Miles Taylor on Thursday. Since becoming a mid-week starter, Stephenson (1-7, 7.28 ERA) has thrown at least five innings in each of his outings and limited opponents to three earned runs or less in four of the five starts. Taylor has made eight starts so far this season, posting a 2-6 record with a staff-best 3.00 ERA.
UMBC (12-27) snapped a six-game losing skid by taking the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader against Stony Brook, but dropped the finale on Sunday to lose the series. The Retrievers are 7-11 at Alumni Field this spring and are 3-3 against non-conference foes on their home field.
McCabe leads the Retrievers with a .314 average in out-of-conference games this season. Freshman Kevin Lachance (Clifton, Va./Centreville) is not far behind and is slugging .444 in 14 non-league games. For the year, the rookie shortstop has a team-best 40 hits and has swiped 12 bases, which ties for the seventh-most in a single season at the school.
Junior Jon Cohn (Scottsdale, Ariz./Notre Dame Prep) threw 2.2 scoreless innings in the win versus Stony Brook, recording the his third victory of the season. Cohn (3-4, 3.32 ERA) has come out of the bullpen 16 times this season and has helped the UMBC staff shave its ERA (4.99) by over four points from 2012 (9.01).
UMES (8-42) was scheduled to take on George Mason in Fairfax, Va. On Tuesday afternoon, but the game was canceled due to inclement weather in the Northern Virginia area. The Hawks will close out their regular season with Wednesday’s game. Theywere swept last weekend by MEAC-leading Delaware State on the road and have lost six-straight games.
Byron Campbell is the only Hawk position player hitting over .300 this season (.311), and he also leads the club in runs scored (31) and doubles (15). Mike Escanilla has also been an offensive factor for UMES, collecting a team-best 53 hits and stealing 15 bases.
Out of the bullpen, Devin Repine has been called upon 13 times in 2013, working to a 1-2 record and earning four saves.
Coppin State (16-30) also concludes its season against the Retrievers. The Eagles took two of three from Norfolk State at home last weekend and have now won four of their last six games.
David Hamlett paces Coppin at the plate with a .310 average (40-for-129) and a team-best 31 RBI. Chris Kashangaki has been dangerous on the base paths stealing 33 bases in 41 attempts.
Sophomore Michael Roberts has made 24 appearances out of the pen for the Eagles, working a total of 41.0 innings and recording a 3.07 ERA. He has notched five saves and registering a team-best 47 strikeouts.
- UMBC is 4-2 against in-state opposition this year (1-0 vs. Coppin State, 1-0 vs. UMES, 2-0 vs. Mount St. Mary’s, 0-2 Towson).
- Prior to the meeting on Apr. 3, UMBC and UMES had not met on the baseball field since 1987. The Retrievers are 9-0 all-time against the Hawks.
- UMBC and Coppin State played their second extra-inning game in the last five meetings with the game earlier this season. UMBC is 40-1 all-time against its local rival, dropping only a 6-3 decision in 2004, a game that went ten innings.
- The Retrievers swept the Hawks in a three-game series last year.
- Freshman Cam Maxey (Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee) threw a career-high 8.2 innings, giving up just one earned run against Coppin State earlier this season.
- Sophomore Anthony Gatto (Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West) went 3-for-5 in that game.