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RETRIEVER BASEBALL WINS SECOND STRAIGHT GAME WITH 8-7 VICTORY OVER MOUNT ST. MARY’S
Emmitsburg, Md. – Kyle Wildasin (Hanover, Pa./Southerwestern) sat down the Mountaineers in order in the bottom of the ninth to preserve the Retrievers’ one-run lead as UMBC (8-23, 1-5 AE) defeated Mount St. Mary’s (19-13, 5-9 NEC) in non conference baseball action on Wednesday afternoon by a final score of 8-7 at Golibart Field. Wildasin also went 2-for-5 from the plate with two RBI and a run scored as he extends his hit streak to eight consecutive games and has a hit in 18 of his last 19 games played.
The Retrievers scored four times in the top of the second off Mount starter Justin Davis. Chris Cerullo (Toms River, N.J./Gloucester C.C.) opened the scoring with a two-run single up the middle while Jack Saffron (Baltimore, Md./Old Mill) and Kevin Brooks (Gambrills, Md./Arundel) each added run-scoring doubles to give UMBC a 4-0 lead. The Mount countered on a Jim Jefferson solo shot to left in the bottom half of the inning.
Dan Carpenter's (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie) RBI single to left center in the fourth gave UMBC a 5-1 lead, but the Mount answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning.
Burt Stormes started the inning with a long home run over the left field fence and Adam Schlenoff went for a two-run blast, his team-leading fourth home run, to cut the deficit to 5-4.
The Retrievers added three more runs in the sixth. Cerullo scored from third on a Mount error for the first run. Wildasin added a two-run single to center to make the score 8-4.
The Mount continued to battle, scoring an unearned run in the sixth. The Mount loaded the bases in the seventh, but winning pitcher Bo Sauter got Jefferson to pop up to first base to end the threat.
In the bottom of the eighth, Stephan Fay brought the Mount within a run with a clutch two-run pinch-hit single but were unable to get the run across as the Retrievers turned a double play to end the inning.
In the ninth Wildasin retired the Mount in order to earn his third save of the year. Sauter allowed one run in three innings to earn the win.
UMBC returns to action on Saturday to start a three-game America East Conference series at Hartford.