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FINAL INNING RALLIES BY UMBC AND CANISIUS BASEBALL RESULT IN DOUBLE HEADER SPLIT ON SATURDAY
Alex Laddbush recorded his first collegiate RBI with a three-run wall-off homerun in UMBC's 6-5 win.
Baltimore, Md. Ė UMBC (1-5) and Canisius (1-4) each used final inning rallies to record their first wins of the season as Canisius topped UMBC, 5-4, 7 innings, in game one prior to the Retrievers using a three-run walk-off homerun by sophomore catcher Alex Laddbush to win game two, 6-5, 7 innings. UMBC and Cansius will finish the series in a 9-inning finale on Sunday at 12 p.m. at The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC.
UMBC trailed 5-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh as Brian Moran and Mike Scheffel each single to right field bringing the Retrievers top hitters to the plate in Zach Clark and Kyle Wildasin. Mike Bax, who went the full game for Canisius, struck out
Laddbush connected on a pitch sending it over the left centerfield wall scoring three runs as the Retrievers took the 6-5 win. Matt Buchholz was credited with the win as he threw the final 3.0 innings allowing one run and six hits. Jon Pavlis started the game going the first 4.0 innings allowing four runs on six hits and striking out three. Wildasin continued his strong hitting over the last two days with his third multi-hit performance in the last two days. Wildasin went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Laddbush finished 1-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored.
Bax took the loss going 6.2 innings allowing six runs on eight hits with five strikeouts.
In game one Canisius foiled a strong performance on the mound by Kyle Wildasin, coming from behind in the top of the seventh inning to score four runs on the Retriever left hander. Wildasin entered the inning having sat down the Canisius line-up in order in three of the first four innings and was working on one run three-hitter.
Gabe Baida with one out started the rally with a single up the middle. After a sacrifice bunt by Wade Rosolowski that advanced Baida to third, five straight runners reached base for the Golden Griffs. A single by B.J. Stack allowed Baida to score to close the gap to 4-2. After a walk to Josh Matlow, Matt Mazurek single up the middle scoring two more runners to tie the game 4-4.
Blake Phipps replaced Wildasin and gave up a wild pitch that allowed Ricky Pilliteri to score from third base to take the 5-4 lead for Canisius. Phipps struck out Rich Ruscio to end the inning.
UMBC runs came in the first third and fifth inning. In the first Zach Clark single to right field scoring Joe Fowler and Kyle Wildasin singled to left to score Mike Scheffel. In the third Tom Rinaldi scored Joe Fowler on a RBI sacrifice fly to left field. UMBCís fourth run came in the fifth with
Clark and Wildasin each went 2-for-3 on the day with an RBI. Rinaldi finished with two RBIís in the game. Wildasin went 6.2 innings allowing five runs on six hits with two strikeouts in the loss.
Jordan Neufeld started for Canisius going 4.0 innings allowing four runs and four hits. Matt Wheeler entered the game in the fifth going the final 3.0 innings to pick up the win allowing just three hits.