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UMBC BASEBALL HOLDS OFF LATE DELAWARE SURGE FOR 7-6 WIN
Kyle Wildasin hit his fourth homerun in the last three games in the Retrievers' win over Delaware.
NEWARK, DE - UMBC reliever Kyle Wildasin struck out University of
Delaware sophomore Brian Valichka with two outs and the tying and
winning runs on base in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the
Retrievers a 7-6 win over the Blue Hens baseball team Tuesday afternoon
at and cold and windy Bob Hannah Stadium.
Kevin Brooks and Wildasin each had two RBI for UMBC (4-15), which won
its second-straight after losing seven in a row. The Blue Hens (13-7),
meanwhile, have now lost three-straight following a 13-game winning streak.
Sophomore Brent Rogers went 3-for-4 with a home run and junior Kelly
Buber had two RBI for Delaware while senior Steve Van Note doubled to
lead off the seventh inning, extending his hitting-streak to 17 games.
The teamís combined for 11 total errors - seven by UMBC and four by
Delaware - which led to two unearned runs by the Retrievers and five by
the Blue Hens.
After the Blue Hens pushed across a run in the bottom of the first
inning, the Retrievers scored four time in the top of the second. Chris
Cerullo singled home Jack Saffron, followed by an RBI double by Brooks
that scored Mike Orlando and Cerullo. An RBI double by starting pitcher
and former Newark HS standout Zach Clark plated Brooks and give UMBC a
Delaware junior Ryan Graham doubled in Valichka to cut the deficit to
4-2 in the bottom of the second, but UMBC struck back with a single run
in the top of the third to go back in front 5-2. The Hens scored again
in the bottom half of the inning as Van Note scored following a bobbled
ground ball by Brooks off the bat of Buber.
Wildasin homered off Delaware senior reliever Mike Iannucci to lead off
the top of the seventh and was credited with an RBI on a fielders choice
in the eighth to give the Retrievers a 7-3 lead.
Rogers homered for Delaware in the eighth to cut the lead to 7-4, and
the Hens loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of ninth. Freshman
Bryan Hagerich flied to center to score sophomore Todd Davison to make
it 7-5, followed by a single by Buber that scored Van Note to put the
Hens to within a run at 7-6. Delaware pinch-hitter Dan Kozek followed
with a ground out to third on the first pitch for the second out and
Valichka fanned on a 3-2 count to end the game.
Senior Jarame Beaupre suffered his first loss of the season for
Delaware, allowing four hits and four runs - all unearned - in two
innings of work. Clark picked up the win for UMBC, allowing three runs
(one earned) and eight hits in seven innings of work, striking out seven.
UMBC..........................041 000 110 7 10 7
DELAWARE.................111 000 012 6 11 4
UD: Beaupre, Chiciak (3), Harris (4), Iannucci (7) and Coudon (8) and
Valichka. UMBC: Clark, Wildasin (8) and Scheffel. 2B: Brooks, Clark,
Cerullo, Graham, Van Note. HR: Wildasin, B. Rogers. SF: Hagerich. SB:
Graham 2, Van Note 2. Reached on CI: Donovan. Time: 2:46. Attendance: 150.