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RETRIEVERSí FOUR-RUN SEVENTH IN GAME TWO LEADS UMBC BASEBALL TO DOUBLEHEADER SPLIT WITH VERMONT
The UMBC Retrievers (12-31, 4-10 AE) avoided a doubleheader sweep by scoring four runs in the bottom of the seventh in the seven-inning game two to take the second game 5-4 over Vermont (12-24, 5-9 AE) in America East Baseball action on Saturday afternoon at The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC. The Catamounts took game one, 3-2, in 10 innings.
In game two the Retrievers trailed 4-1 heading into the seventh and final inning. With two outs and Chris Becraft on first base, Dan Carpenter walked to move Becraft to second. Mike Scheffel than doubled to plate Becraft and move Carpenter to third. Zach Clark followed with a double to tie the game 4-4 as Carpenter and Scheffel each scored. An intentional walk to Kyle Wildasin and infield single by Jon Gossard loaded the bases for Mike Orlando, who lined a shot into centerfield for the game-winning hit as Clark scored the go ahead run.
Bo Sauter picked up the win after entering in relief of Steve Evans, the Retrievers starter in game two. Evans went 5.0 innings allowing three runs on six hits. Sauter, who moves to 3-2 on the year, went 2.0 innings with one run on one hit and struck out three.
Bryan Rambisz took the loss going 6.2 innings allowing five runs on nine hits.
Game one saw the Catamounts edge the Retrievers in the 10th as a double by Leif Ekelund to deep right center field brought Barry Chamberland to the plate from first base for what turned out to be the eventual game winner.
Erik Butkiewicz started the game on the mound and produced a stellar performance going 9.0 innings allowing two runs on seven hits. Butkiewicz started the game perfect through the first three innings before running into some trouble in the fourth.
In the fourth back-to-back singles by Dean Geoffrey and Miquel Magrass and a double by Chamberland to right field produced two runs for the Catamounts.
Butkiewicz would allow no more in his stay on the mound finishing the game with four strikeouts.
Kyle Wildasin relieved Butkiewicz in the 10th allowing one run on two hits to take the loss, his third of the year.
Brandon Miles recorded the win for the Catamounts allowing no runs in 4.1 innings of work. Chris Blazek went the first 5.2 innings allowing two runs on three hits and striking out six batters.
The Retrievers after trailing 2-0 scored a run in the bottom of the fourth and one in the sixth to tie the game. In the fourth Kevin Brooks doubled in Jon Gossard who led off the inning with a walk.
In the sixth Chris Cerullo walked with two outs and scored on a Mike Scheffel single to left field.