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RETRIEVERS BASEBALL COMES UP SHORT IN SERIES FINALE WITH ARMY
Baltimore, Md. - The UMBC Baseball team (0-6) came up short against Army (4-2) in the final game of a three-game series on Sunday afternoon at The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC. Tom Rinaldi hit his first career homerun in the game with a two run shot that capped off a five-run fourth inning for the Retrievers.
Down a run heading into the bottom of the fourth, Retriever captain Dan Carpenter and freshman Mike Sheffel led off the inning with singles and each moved up a base on a passed ball to put runners at second and third.
Zack Clark hit a sacrifice ground out to second, scoring Carpenter and moving Sheffel to third. Kyle Wildasin than doubled bringing in Sheffel and scored on a Mike Orlando single, giving UMBC a 3-1 lead with Orlando at first base.
Rinaldi came to the plate and knocked a shot over the right-center wall to complete the five-run, five-hit fifth inning.
UMBC did not hold the lead for long as in the top of the fifth Army tied the game at 5-5 with four runs on four hits and an error.
Army added one in the seventh on a homerun by Walker Gorham and one in the eighth on a Schuyler Williamson RBI single to take a 7-5 lead.
The Retrievers threatened in the ninth as Carpenter singled in Chris Cerrullo to cut the lead to one but with two outs and runners at first and second David Pluff got Scheffel swinging to get the save and win for Army.
Tom Ballenger started the game on the mound for UMBC, throwing a solid four innings. Carpenter was 2-for-5 on the day with a run and RBI.