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UMBC BASEBALL SPLITS DOUBLEHEADER WITH HARTFORD
Bristol, Conn. – The UMBC Baseball team (9-24, 2-6 AE) split a doubleheader with Hartford (9-23, 3-5 AE) in America East Conference baseball action on Saturday afternoon at Muzzy Field. The Retrievers captured game one with a 6-2 decision but lost game two 3-2 in extra innings (9). Kyle Wildasin extended his hit streak to 10 games with hits in both contests and now has a hit in 20 of his last 21 games.
In game one Wildasin’s bat led the Retriever offense, going 3-for-4 from the plate with his seventh homerun of the season, a three-run shot in the seventh inning to break a 2-2 tie. Wildasin finished with three RBI and a run scored.
Also adding to the offense was Dan Carpenter going 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI and Zach Clark with a 1-for-3 day and two runs scored.
Blake Phipps threw the first 6.0 innings of the game allowing two runs on six hits getting the win and moving to 2-0 on the year. Jon Pavlis threw the final three innings allowing no runs and no hits.
In game two, Retriever starter Eric Butkiewicz and Hawks starter Jarret Stawarz had a pitching dual, both going the distance in the game that was originally scheduled for seven innings but need two additional innings to get a final score.
With the game tied 2-2 in the ninth, Hartford’s Josh Topp hit an RBI single to plate the winning run with no one out in the inning.
Mike Orlando had an RBI single in the first and reached on a fielder’s choice for an RBI in the sixth to pace the Retriever offense going 1-for-4 with both Retriever RBI. Clark and Kevin Brooks each scored once.
Butkiewicz took the loss to fall to 2-8 on the year after pitching a stellar game, allowing three runs on seven hits in 8.0 innings, striking out seven batters.
The finale of the three game series will take place on Sunday at 12:00 p.m.