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UMBC ELIMINATED FROM NCAA REGIONALS AFTER FALLING TO WINTHROP, 6-0
WILSON, NC - Facing elimination and an early exit from the NCAA Regional at East Carolina, the number two seeded Winthrop Eagles advanced to the finals of the loser's bracket and the chance to make Sunday's championship game with a 6-0 win over #4 seed UMBC. Stas Swerdzewski sparked the Eagles offense, which had been in a slump, with a two-run home run in the top of the third inning. Senior Jason Colson was given the nod on the mound and tossed a complete game shutout (the first of his career) allowing only five hits, one walk and struck out 10. Todd Friedman gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead in the second inning with a single down the left field line, scoring Bennet Stapf. Then they added three more runs in the third inning anchored by a two-run homer over the left field fence by Stas Swerdzewski. Jordan Webb had made it 2-0 when he scored on a wild pitch and then Swerdzewski made it 4-0. Once again the Eagles ran into a rain delay and this time it lasted two hours and five minutes. When play resumed UMBC put runners at first and second with one out in the sixth, but Colson was able to get Retriever first baseman Jeff Fraley to hit into the 643 double play. Swerdzewski finished the game 2-for-4 with a run and two RBIs. Todd Leathers hit a towering home run and finished 2-for-5 with two runs scored. Ben Thurmond also went yard and finished 2-for-5.