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DELAWARE TOPS RETRIEVER BASEBALL, 6-1
Baltimore, Md. – The UMBC Retrievers (2-14) fell to the Delaware Blue Hens (12-4) on Wednesday afternoon at the Baseball Factory Field at UMBC by a final score of 6-1. The Retrievers lost their sixth consecutive game while the Blue Hens stretched their win streak to 12 straight games.
The Blue Hens scored a run in the third and fourth inning to take a 2-0 lead as Todd Davison singled to right field bringing in Dan Kozek in the third and Brock Donovan singled to left field to drive in teammate Steve Van Note in the fourth inning as Van Note led off the fourth with a double.
The Retrievers trailed 2-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth when Kyle Wildasin provided UMBC with its only run of the game, going yard over the left centerfield wall with no one aboard to put the Retrievers on the board and close the gap to one run at 2-1.
The Retrievers still trailing 2-1 had a chance to knot the game at 2-2 with Mike Orlando finding himself on third base with one out be was un able to score as Mike Scheffel popped out and Orlando got called out at the plate with teammate Zach Clark up. Orlando tried to beat a passed ball but was thrown out by the catcher at home plate.
The Blue Hens tacked on a run in the top of the sixth when Dave Harden homered and scored two in the eighth and one in the ninth to provide cushion in their 6-1 win.
Zach Clark started for the Retrievers, going 8.0 innings, allowing four earned runs and five runs all together on 10 hits while striking out two.
Mitch Heckert went 6.0 innings for the win striking out six Retrievers and allowing one run on six hits. A combination of three Blue Hen hurlers each took one of the final three innings, allowing no hits after the Retriever sixth.
UMBC returns to action on Thursday, March 18, 2004 when they host America East foe Hartford in a non-conference contest at 3 p.m. at The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC.