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UMBC BASEBALL TO HOLD SENIOR DAY ON SATURDAY AGAINST VERMONT
Baltimore, Md. - The UMBC baseball team will be holding Senior Day on Saturday May 8 as the Retrievers take on America East Conference foe Vermont at 12 p.m. at The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC. The Retrievers will hold a brief ceremony to honor seniors Chris Becraft (Clarksville, Md./River Hill), Kevin Brooks (Gambrills, Md./Arundel), Dan Carpenter (Glen Burnie, Md./Old Mill) and Mike Johnson (Gaithersburg, Md./Quince Orchard) in between games one and two.
Becraft is one of two senior captains on the squad and is one of the teamís top utility players and often DHís. Last season, Becraft earned the teamís Unsung Hero Award after competing in 33 games, starting 29 of those contests. In a three-game span earlier this year, he went 5-for-11 from the plate including a 3-for-4 day against Maryland and recorded a homerun with a solo shot against George Washington right here at The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC. Becraft is set to graduate with a B.A. in Economics.
Brooks joined the Retrievers in the Fall of 2002 from Arundel Community College and became a immediate fixture in the Retriever lineup starting 29-of-30 games his first year donning the black and gold. Last season he hit a team second best .356 with 36 hits, 15 runs and 13 RBI and at his routine spot of second base he held a .961 fielding percentage. This season he has already topped his hit total of a year ago and has 10 doubles on the year. Brooks currently holds a career batting average of .308. Brooks will graduate with a degree in Information Systems: Management Systems Analyst and Design.
Carpenter, the Retrievers other senior captain, graced UMBC in the Fall of 2000 and from day one has been a constant in the Retriever lineup. Currently he has played in 169 games, ranking eighth all-time, and recorded 563 career at bats, 10th all-time. The routine shortstop had one of his best games in the Retriever uniform earlier this year, with a monstrous game against Hartford, going 4-for-6 from the plate with three runs scored, two RBI, a triple and two doubles to lead the Retrievers to victory. Carpenter will earn a degree in Financial Economics.
Johnson, who is this yearís teamís lone senior pitcher hails from Gaithersburg, Md., and has been consistent on the mound through out his career. He enters Saturdayís contests three appearances shy from reaching the top-10 on the Retrieversí all-time pitching record charts for career appearances. With 46 games appeared in to his credit he holds a 6.29 ERA with 47 strikeouts. Johnson is set to earn a B.A. in Sociology.