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BASEBALL FALLS IN OPENING GAME OF SERIES TO WILLIAM & MARY, 5-2
The UMBC Baseball Team (2-11) lost to William and Mary (14-3), 5-2, in the first game of a three game series with the Tribe on Friday afternoon at Plumeri Park. The Retrievers in the losing effort got another strong performance from Zach Clark, who went the distance with 8.0 strong innings, allowing five hits, three earned runs and striking out seven batters.
The Retrievers got the on the board first in the top of the fourth inning when Mike Scheffel knocked his second home run of the year, going yard over top the right centerfield wall to open the inning.
The Tribe responded in the bottom of the fourth with three runs on three hits and a Retriever error. Mitch Walk led off with a blistering single down the right field line, stole second, moved to third on an error by third baseman Matt Buchholz, and scored on a single to left by Greg Sexton to knot the game at one. Mike DeCarlo, who reached on Buchholz’s miscue, moved to second on the play, and he came around to score on Kyle Padgett’s single to center to give W&M a 2-1 lead. The Tribe tacked on another run when Jeff Lunardi reached on a fielder’s choice to score DeCarlo from third to widen the lead to 3-1.
Neither team was able to score in the following three innings as the Tribe held a 3-1 lead up until the eighth as Scheffel reached base on a throwing error by Greg Sexton of the Tribe and moved around to third on the play. Two batters later Jon Gossard plated Scheffel with a sacrifice fly to pull UMBC within one, 3-2.
The Tribe added two insurance runs in the top of the eighth and held UMBC off in the ninth to grab the victory.
Scheffel went 1-for-4 on the day with a RBI and two runs scored while teammate Kyle Wildasin went 3-for-4 from the plate.
Jeff Dagenhart threw 8.0 innings to pick up his third win of the year striking out six Retriever batters. Bill Bray finished the ninth inning to get his second save of the year.
UMBC and the Tribe play the second game at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.