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JANCUSKA REACHES 600 CAREER WIN MILESTONE AS RETRIEVERS SWEEP DOUBLE HEADER OVER HARTFORD, 7-6 AND 9-1
Kyle Wildasin's three-run homerun in game two lifted UMBC to a 9-1 win.
Eric Butkiewicz became the first player in UMBC history to record at least 50 career strikeouts in all-four years and finishes with 230 career K's.
Head Coach John Jancuska earned career wins No. 600 and 601 on Saturday.
Mike Keller was one of five seniors honored on Saturday.
Baltimore, Md. – UMBC Baseball Head Coach John Jancuska joined the 600 career win club as the Retrievers defeated Hartford, 7-6, in game one of Saturday’s America East Conference doubleheader at The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC. Jancuska did not take long to reach career win 601 behind some help of his senior captains on Senior Day. Senior pitcher Eric Butkiewicz became UMBC’s first pitcher to ever record 50 strikeouts in all four years, going the distance for the win while senior Kyle Wildasin’s three-run homerun in the sixth inning lifted UMBC to a 9-1 victory.
Butkiewicz (4-8) went the complete game in his 50th career start, tying for UMBC’s all-time record in career starts. The senior right hander, who is UMBC’s career leader in strikeouts with 230, struck out six batters in 7.0 innings, allowing four hits and one run.
UMBC sealed the win by adding six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to bust the game open to a 9-1 advantage. With two outs and three runners already across the plate, Wildasin launched a three-run homerun over the left center field fence.
Jason Krajeski (3-3) took the loss allowing nine hits and seven runs in 5.1 innings. Pete Moraski finished the final 0.2 innings.
The Retrievers rattled off 12 hits in the game one as UMBC’s top seven batters in the order had a hit, including the five, six and seven hitters (Alex Laddbush, Steve Russo and Tom Rinaldi) each knocking two base hits.
The Retrievers scored the first six runs of the game. UMBC tallied two in the first as Brian Moran and Mike Scheffel scored from third on wild pitches. In the third Wildasin was hit by a pitch with two outs and back-to-back doubles to follow by Laddbush and Russo drove in two more to give UMBC a 4-0 lead.
The Retrievers scored single runs in the fourth, fifth and seventh as Moran hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth and RBI singles by Rinaldi in the fifth and seventh brought in two more runs.
Jon Pavlis (3-6) went 7.0 innings allowing four runs on seven hits with five strikeouts. Blake Phipps earned his first save of the year, going 2.0 innings allowing two runs on three hits with two strikeouts.
Tony Cekovsky (0-6) took the loss, going 4.1 innings allowing nine hits and six runs. C. J. Browne went 3.2 innings allowing one run on three hits.
UMBC held a senior ceremony in between games to honor Butkiewicz, Phipps, Wildasin, Jay Long and Mike Keller. The Retrievers conclude the 2005 season on Sunday at 12 p.m. against