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UMBC BASEBALL FALLS IN SEASON FINALE TO MAINE, 10-7
Baltimore, Md. – The UMBC Retrievers (14-38, 6-15 AE) dropped their season finale to the Maine Black Bears (32-19, 14-7 AE) by a final score of 10-7 in America East Conference Baseball action on Saturday afternoon at The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC. The Retrievers brought the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth with no outs but a double play and ground out to first base allowed Maine, who clinched the No. 2 spot in the conference tournament with the win, to complete the three-game series sweep.
Maine for the third game in a row put runs on the board in the top of the first as Pete Saunders led off with a walk and a double by Aaron Izaryk put runners at second and third. Saunders scored on a wild pitch by Retriever starter Steve Evans and Izaryk crossed the plate on a fielder’s choice.
UMBC responded in the bottom half of the inning taking advantage of three consecutive walks that loaded the bases with one out. Mike Orlando laced a shot into left field for an RBI single. UMBC added another run on an error that allowed Jack Saffron to reach base.
UMBC scored two more in the second with an RBI single by Zach Clark and Jon Gossard recording an RBI on a sacrifice groundout.
Maine regained their early lead with a run in the third and three in the fourth inning. In the fourth Saunders sent a pitch over the centerfield wall with one runner aboard for his second homerun of the season. Maine scored another run in the top of the sixth and held a 7-4 advantage going into the bottom half of the inning.
In the bottom of the sixth UMBC scored three runs on two hits and an error to tie the game at 7-7. With two outs and two runners on, Gossard reached on an error allowing Chris Cerullo to score from third. Kyle Wildasin took a pitch into deep left centerfield scoring Gossard and Dan Carpenter to notch the game at 7-7.
Matt McGraw quickly broke the tie hitting a solo shot over the center field fence to open the seventh inning to give Maine an 8-7 lead. McGraw, with the score still 8-7, kept a two-out rally alive in the eighth hitting a single into left field as the Black Bears added two more runs to move back ahead by three, 10-7.
Steve Richard went the first 5.0 innings for the Black Bears allowing four runs on two hits in the no decision. Jamie Grattelo pitched the sixth inning to pick up the win and move to 2-4 on the year. Scott Robinson entered the game in the ninth to pick up the save.
Mike Johnson took the loss throwing 1.2 innings allowing three runs on four hits. Evans started for the Retrievers as UMBC threw five hurlers in the game, pitching Matt Buchholz, Blake Phipps, Johnson and Kyle Wildasin.
The Retrievers were led by Wildasin, with a 1-for-4 day with two RBI, Clark with a 1-for-4 day with one run scored and an RBI and Dan Carpenter, who had a hit and two runs scored.