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GOSSARD’S NINTH INNING TRIPLE COMPLETES RETRIEVERS’ RALLY FOR 10-9 WIN OVER NAVY ON OPENING NIGHT AT UMBC
Jon Gossard's triple in the ninth inning completed the Retrievers' rally for 10-9 win over Navy.
Baltimore, Md. – Freshman catcher Jon Gossard’s(Harrington, N.J./Old Tappan) heroics capped off the Retrievers’ (7-23, 1-5 AE) rally as they took a 10-9 win over Navy (12-32, 6-10 Patriot) on Tuesday night in the first ever night baseball game at The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC. Eric Butkiewicz entered the game in the beginning of the third and threw the final 7.0 innings, earning the win as he struck out 10 and allowed two runs on five hits.
The Retrievers, who fell behind early with a six run second by the Midshipmen, rallied from a 7-1 deficit that culminated in four consecutive hits in the ninth inning as the Retrievers tallied three runs to complete the comeback for the 10-9 win.
Mike Orlando (Rochester, N.Y./W. Ironbdequoit) opened the ninth doubling to right field. Following a pitching change by Navy that saw Joe Koessler enter the game, Kyle Wildasin (Hanover, Pa./Southwestern) singled to extend his hit streak to seven consecutive games and give him a hit in 17 of his last 18 games. Zach Clark (Newark, Del./Newark) singled to left field to plate Orlando. Gossard, hitting in the sixth slot, then laced a shot up the middle that made it all the way to fence for a triple, clearing the base paths as the Retrievers took the 10-9 win.
Navy scored six runs in the second inning including a two-run homerun by J. P. Temperilli. Temperilli finished the game going 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored while teammate Craig Candeto, who also homered in the game, went 3-for-5 with two RBI and four runs scored. Jeff Lange started for Navy throwing 5.0 innings and was followed by Tom Van Dam who went 3.0 innings before Koessler took the loss, falling to 2-3 on the year.
UMBC was led by Gossard with a 2-for-5 day with four RBI, Orlando with a 5-for-5 performance that included a RBI and three runs scored and Clark who went 2-for-3 with four RBI and two runs scored.
Butkiewicz’ 10 strikeouts moves him into eighth all-time on the Retriever charts in career strikeouts with 148 in his career. Blake Phipps started for the Retrievers pitching the first two innings.
A pregame ceremony took place to honor both the new lighting system and infield-playing surface at the newly named Baseball Factory Field at UMBC. Director of Athletics Dr. Charles Brown was on hand to light the field for the first time.
UMBC returns to the diamond at Mount St. Mary’s on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.