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BASEBALL NEWS AND NOTES: Head Coach John Jancuska Goes For Career Win No. 600 Tuesday Night
Head Coach John Jancuska is going for career win No. 600 on Tuesday Night at home.
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Tuesday Night Baseball this week features the Retrievers hosting
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The Retrievers are back on the road for conference play as they travel to
UMBC Tops Two CAA Teams And Takes Series Finale Against
UMBC won two exciting games against Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) foes
UMBC freshman Brian Moran completed the Retrievers' rally with a walk-off solo homerun in the bottom of the 10th inning, giving UMBC a 7-6 (10) win over Delaware on Tuesday night at The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC. The Retrievers scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game 6-6 before Moran’s heroics in the 10th inning as UMBC has won three-consecutive Tuesday Night games. Moran with two outs and down 1-2 in the count, connected on a pitch over the left centerfield wall to break the 6-6 tie and record his first collegiate homerun.
The Retrievers trailed 6-2 heading into the bottom of the ninth before sending eight batters to the plate, scoring four runs on four hits and one error. Steve Russo singled to lead off the inning. Russo moved to third as Moran singled and advanced to second on a throwing error. The Retrievers cut the lead to 6-3 on a sacrifice fly by Alex Laddbush
Dan Blewett threw the final 2-0 innings allowing no runs and two hits to get his first collegiate win and move to 1-1 on the year. Steve Evans started for UMBC, going 7.0 innings allowing five runs on 10 hits with three strikeouts. Blake Phipps threw the eighth inning for the Retrievers.
UMBC 5, George Mason 1
UMBC senior pitcher Kyle Wildasin retired 13 consecutive batters and allowed one run on four hits as the Retrievers defeated George Mason by a final score of 5-1 on Wednesday afternoon at The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC. Wildasin, who allowed his first earned run in 19.1 innings pitched and holds a .045 ERA over his last three starts, went 7.0 innings to earn the win.
Wildasin, after allowing a single to the second batter in the game, retired 13 consecutive batters until Chris Fournier hit a single in the fifth inning. Wildasin allowed his first earned run in the past 19.1 innings pitched as Fournier hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning to plate Casey Slattery and tie the game 1-1.
UMBC in the bottom of the seventh scored three runs on three hits. UMBC loaded the bases with one out. Mike Scheffel hit a long sacrifice fly ball to right field allowing Isaac Friedel to score from third base and Ian Carman to move up to third, putting runners at the corners. Tom Rinaldi hit an RBI single to plate Carman and move Steve Russo to second base. An infield single by Wildasin loaded the bases with two outs. Russo scored the third run of the inning on a wild pitch.
Wildasin moves to 2-4 on the year in the win. Jon Pavlis pitched a three-up three-down eighth and Eric Butkiewicz faced four batters in the ninth allowing one hit and striking out one. Moran, who hit the game-winning homerun on Tuesday night in the 10th inning went 2-for-4 with an RBI while Scheffel, Rinaldi and Lemon all had one RBI in the game.
UMBC dropped both ends of a double header with America East Conference foe
The Catamounts lead the America East with a 3.19 staff ERA and their two aces, Derek Miller and Chris Blazek each went the distance, and each improved to 5-2. Miller walked a season-high five, four in the first three innings, but settled down to go the route for the fourth time this season in nine starts. He allowed only four singles and struck out eight in lowering his ERA to 2.00. Blazek scattered eight hits and walked three while striking out eight to drop his ERA to 2.65.
In the first inning of the opener, UMBC scored the opening run of the game as Joe Fowler with the bases loaded drew a walk to plate lead-off hitter, Brian Moran. UVM bounced back with its three runs in its half of the first as Frank Rossi and Jim Chapman led with singles. Jason Carey doubled down the right field line to score Rossi and with one out, Miguel Magrass singled in Chapman. Carey would come home on a force out by Jay Iannoni before both starters, Miller and UMBC's Jon Pavlis (2-5), shut the door for the last eight innings. Miller benefited by rightfielder Kyle Brault throwing out Alex Laddbush at home plate to end the fourth inning before retiring 16 of the last 17 hitters he faced. Pavlis (8 IP, 6 H, 1 BB, 4 Ks) also settled down after the first as over the last eight innings he held UVM to a mere three baserunners.
Blazek wiggled out of trouble several times in his seven-inning complete game win in the nightcap. Several times the Retrievers put two runners aboard before Blazek would come up with a big strikeout. UMBC went ahead with a run in the third as Fowler singled home Steve Russo for the Retrievers’ lone run of the game. The Catamounts tied it in the fourth on an unearned run. In the seventh, Chapman singled in the winning run with two outs. UMBC starter Eric Butkiewicz (3-7) was a hard luck loser allowing seven hits, one walk, no earned runs and had four strikeouts.
Game 3: UMBC 5,
Joe Fowler's three-run triple paced UMBC to a 5-2 win over
The Catamounts took an early 2-0 lead taking advantage of four UMBC errors. With one out in the second, Kyle Brault went from second to third on a wild pitch and came home on a throwing error by catcher Alex Laddbush. A wild throw to second base on a failed pickoff attempt by Laddbush on James Chapman in the third inning led to the second UVM run. UMBC countered in their next at bat loading the bases with no outs on a hit batter, an error by Chapman and a walk to Kyle Wildasin. Fowler cleared the bases with a long triple over the head of center fielder Kyle Massie and he came home with the fourth run on a sacrifice fly by Laddbush. The Retrievers would add insurance run in the ninth as Wildasin was hit by a pitch, sacrificed to second and scored on a single to center by Laddbush. The offensive support was more than enough for UMBC starter Steve Evans (2-2) who scattered just six singles and walked one hitter in six and two thirds innings. After giving up three straight two-out singles in the seventh, Zach Clark relieved Evans and retired Raymond Montanez to end the inning.
UMBC’s season finale series against
Brian Moran’s First Collegiate Homerun Extends UMBC’s Tuesday Night Baseball Win Streak
The magic of Tuesday Night Baseball at The Baseball Factory Field caught on last Tuesday night as UMBC rallied in the bottom of the ninth with four runs and a solo walk-off homerun by freshman Brian Moran in the bottom of the 10th to hand UMBC their third consecutive Tuesday Night home win. UMBC is 3-1 on Tuesday Night Baseball and look to extend the magic into this week’s game against Towson at 7 p.m. as Head Coach John Jancuska goes for win No. 600.
Wildasin Allows First Earned Run in 19.1 Innings
Junior Kyle Wildasin has started three mid-week games over the past three weeks, allowed his first earned run in 19.1 innings pitched and holds a .045 ERA over his last three starts. Wildasin retired 13 consecutive batters and allowed one run on four hits in 7.0 innings of work to get the win against George Mason. Wildasin in 2-0 in his last three starts.
Evans Earns First Collegiate Conference Win In First Collegiate Start Of Season
Steve Evans showed he is ready to be an every week starter in conference action as the sophomore right hander scattered just six singles and walked one hitter in 6.2 innings to earn the 5-2 win over
Wildasin Adds To All-Time Lead In Pitching Appearances
UMBC senior Kyle Wildasin added to his all-time UMBC mark in appearances after moving past Eric Weltmer who made 70 pitching appearances at UMBC. Wildasin started against Mount St. Mary’s, going 7.0 innings allowing one unearned run and striking out four to earn the win and reach a UMBC career record 71 appearances. Wildasin holds first and second place on UMBC’s single-season chart for games pitched. Eric Butkiewicz is tied for third all-time.
UMBC Pitching Appearances Chart
1. Kyle Wildasin 72
2. Eric Weltmer 70
3. Tom Bloom 63
Eric Butkiewicz 63
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Blake Phipps Earns First Career Hit
Senior Blake Phipps earned his first collegiate hit and is batting 1.000 on the season with one hit in one batting appearance. The Senior right handed pitcher was forced to hit in the top of the ninth inning and laced a single in the outfield.
Eric Butkiewicz K’s Five Last Week To Increase All-Time Career Strikeouts Mark
Senior Eric Butkiewicz struck out eight batters against
UMBC Pitching Strikeouts Chart
1. Eric Butkiewicz 218
Ben O’Connor 201
3. Kevin Loewe 200
4. Tom Bloom 198
5. Bill Gerhardt 194
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Eric Butkiewicz Becomes First Retriever Pitcher To Throw 300 Career Innings
Senior Eric Butkiewicz went past the 300 career innings pitched plateau during his two-hit 14-1 win over
UMBC Pitching Innings Pitched Chart
1. Eric Butkiewicz 323.2
2. Tom Bloom 282.1
3. Kevin Loewe 281.2
4. Ben O’Connor 278.2
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Newcomers Going Deep
Of UMBC’s 18 homeruns this year, all but six have come off the bat of a newcomer. Freshman Joe Fowler holds a team-high four homeruns this year while Alex Laddbush has tallied three homeruns on the season. Newcomers Ian Carman and Mark Lemon each have two homeruns.
Butkiewicz No-Hit Bid Comes Up Short In Ninth
Senior Eric Butkiewicz took a no-hitter into the ninth inning against
Fowler Becomes Third Retriever Freshman To Earn Rookie of the Week Accolades
UMBC Baseball freshman Joe Fowler was named Co-Rookie of the Week for the week ending April 17, 2005. Fowler becomes the third different Retriever this season to earn a rookie of the week accolade from the conference, joining Steve Russo and Mark Lemon. Fowler extended his hit streak to six consecutive games during the week, batting an impressive .529 in five games for the Retrievers. Fowler drove in nine runs and recorded four extra base hits, three doubles and a homerun, his team-high fourth of the year. Fowler held a slugging percentage of .882 and on base percentage of .556 as he moved up as the team leader in RBI on the season with 19. Fowler in three starts at conference foe Maine went 7-for-12 at the plate with seven RBI, two doubles, one homerun, two runs scored and a 1.000 slugging percentage in the three-game series. Fowler leads the team in batting average in conference play, hitting .421 in six games.
Tom Rinaldi Named
Sophomore Tom Rinaldi was named America East Conference Player of the Week for the week ending April 3, 2005. The sophomore Rinaldi had an outstanding week behind the plate for the Retrievers, playing in two of UMBC’s three games in three days, hitting an impressive .700 with three doubles, three RBI and a 1.000 slugging percentage. Rinaldi went 3-for-4 from the plate against George Washington, recording a double in the game. The next day at Navy, Rinaldi went 4-for-6 from the plate, recording his first four-hit game as he drove in three runs, scored one and cracked two doubles, leading UMBC to an 11-2 win over Navy. Rinaldi on the season is batting .395 with 10 RBI, five doubles and a .512 slugging percentage. Rinaldi enters this week with a seven game hit streak.
Freshman Steve Lemon was named America East Rookie of the Week for the week ending April 3, 2005. Lemon batted .333 for UMBC and held a .429 on base percentage scoring one run and driving in two. He had two hits at
Steve Russo Named
Freshman Steve Russo was named America East Conference Rookie of the Week by the conference office for the week ending March 20, 2005. Russo that week went 3-for-6 from the plate with a run scored and RBI. Russo played in two games, going 2-for-4 at the plate with a start against
16-Inning Contest Longest In School History
UMBC’s 16-inning game against Old Dominion stands as the longest baseball game in UMBC baseball history. The Retrievers tied the game in the ninth inning at 4-4 which stood idle until a run in the bottom of the 16th inning by host Old Dominion gave the Monarchs a three-game sweep. The 16-inning affair also proved to be the longest in Old Dominion’s history as well.
RETRIEVER RECORD CHASING
Jancuska’s 600 Career Win Watch At One Game
UMBC skipper John Jancuska is on the verge of 600 career wins, all coming during his 28 year stay at UMBC. Jancuska entered the 2005 campaign with 586 career wins, 14 shy from accomplishing the 600-win plateau. Jancuska went 3-2 last week to move to one game away from 600 with 599 career wins. Jancuska’s Retrievers have four games on tap this week, including a Tuesday Night against
Butkiewicz Chasing All-Time Starts Mark
Senior Eric Butkiewicz entered the season in reach of three all-time career marks in the UMBC Pitching record books and accomplished two already, becoming UMBC’s all-time leader in innings pitched and career strikeouts leader. Butkiewicz entered the season second in starts, fourth in innings pitched and fifth in career strikeouts. With a start last week Butkiewicz needs two to tie that all-time mark.
UMBC Pitching Games Started Chart
1. Tom Bloom 50
2. Eric Butkiewicz 48
3. Bill Gerhardt 36
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Wildasin Adds To Career Saves Mark
UMBC senior Kyle Wildasin added to his UMBC all-time career saves mark with a save against
UMBC Pitching Saves Chart
1. Kyle Wildasin 9
2. Ira Carlson 6
Eric Weltmer 6
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