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MAINE TAKES BOTH GAMES OF DOUBLEHEADER OVER UMBC BASEBALL
Baltimore, Md. – The UMBC Retrievers (14-37, 6-14 AE) lost both ends of doubleheader with the Maine Black Bears (31-19, 13-7 AE) in America East Conference Baseball action on Friday afternoon at The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC. Maine captured the front end of the doubleheader with a 6-2 win before winning the back end of the twin bill with 9-1 victory.
In game one the Blacks Bears followed the strong pitching performance of Mike MacDonald who went 7.0 innings allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits and striking out five. MacDonald’s five strikeouts moved him into first place on Maine’s all-time career strikeouts chart with 275 for his career. Teammate Greg Norton finished the final 2.0 innings allowing no hits and no runs.
The Retrievers only runs of the game came in the fourth inning on the Black Bears as Mike Orlando dropped a single into shallow center field allowing Zach Clark and Jon Gossard to score and close the gap to 4-2.
The Black Bears offense began in the first inning as Greg Creek made the Retrievers pay for two errors that put Pete Saunders and Aaron Izaryk on base. Creek, with two on, took a pitch over the centerfield wall for a three-run homerun. The Black Bears added a run in the second on an RBI double by Joel Barrett and one in the fifth with an RBI single by Ryan Quintal.
The Black Black capped off the scoring with an additional run in the ninth on a homerun by Barrett, who led the Black Bears with a 2-for-5 performance, scoring one run and recording two RBI.
The Retrievers managed just four hits in the game as Dan Carpenter, Orlando, Mike Scheffel and Jack Saffron all had one hit.
Eric Butkiewicz went 8.2 allowing 13 hits and six runs, three earned. Butkiewicz struck out seven in the game. Bo Sauter came on with two outs in the ninth to get the last out.
In game two Troy Martin held a no hitter and retired 11 of the first 12 Retriever batters until Kyle Wildasin connected on a homerun over the centerfield fence. Wildasin’s solo shot pulled UMBC within one at 2-1.
Doubles to start the second by Joe Hough and Ryan Quintal led to the opening two runs of the game for Maine. They added to their lead in the top of the fifth as Hough went yard over the left field fence for a two-run homerun as the Black Bears scored three in the inning to hold a 5-1 lead.
The Black Bears busted the game open in the top of the sixth, loading the bases with no outs as a double by Pete Saunders cleared the bases. Maine added another run in the inning to take a 9-1.
Jon Pavlis, now 2-10 on the year, started for the Retrievers going 5.0 innings allowing seven runs on nine hits. Tom Ballenger allowed two runs on two hits while Bo Sauter finished the final 2.0 innings for the Retrievers allowing just one hit and no runs.
Martin went the distance for the Black Bears allowing one run on three hits in 7.0 innings. Martin moves to 5-1 on the year.
The two teams conclude the series on Saturday at 12 p.m. at The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC.