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CLARK’S TWO DOUBLES PROPEL RETRIEVER BASEBALL PAST TOWSON, 9-6
Baltimore, Md. – The UMBC Retrievers (11-30, 3-9 AE) defeated the Towson Tigers (16-28, 12-13 CAA) by a final of 9-6 in non-conference baseball action on Wednesday afternoon at The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC. Zach Clark led the Retrievers going 3-for-5 from the plate with two doubles, three RBI and two runs scored.
The Retrievers took an early lead as a first inning single by Dan Carpenter and an RBI double by Clark, who scored on his own hit after advancing to third on the throw and coming to the plate on an error produced an early 2-0 lead for UMBC.
Towson answered in the second as back-to-back home runs by Casper Wells and Mark Chiccini put the Tigers on top 3-2. The Tigers added to that lead in the third with Wells’ second two-run homerun of the game to go up 5-2.
UMBC responded with four in the bottom half of the inning as with one out Jack Saffron drew a walk and moved to second on a single by Carpenter. Both Saffron and Carpenter came into score as Clark laced a doubled down the right field line. The Retrievers tacked on their final two runs of the inning off RBI singles by Kyle Wildasin and Jon Gossard, taking a 6-5 lead.
UMBC added runs in the fifth and two in the seventh inning to increase their lead to 9-5.
The Retrievers held the Tigers scoreless until the ninth as a sacrifice fly by Adam Heffron brought Shane Justis to the plate to close the gap to 9-6. Eric Butkiewicz, however, struck out two in the ninth inning to record the save, his first on the year, as the Retrievers took the three-run win.
Jon Pavlis got the win going 5.0 innings and allowing no runs on four hits. D.J. Reed took the loss for the Tigers allowing six runs on seven hits.
Wells for the Tigers went 3-for-5 from the plate with four RBI and two runs scored as he hit two two-run homeruns.
Carpenter, Wildasin and Gossard all recorded multi-hit performances in the game.
UMBC returns to action on Saturday when they host Vermont in America East Conference action at 12 p.m. at The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC.