FOWLER,CLARK HOMER, BUT BASEBALL DROPS SEASON OPENER AT WILLIAM & MARY, 13-5
Williamsburg, Va.—The William & Mary Tribe (3-3) scored 12 unanswered runs and went on to a 13-5 victory over UMBC (0-1) in the season opener for the Retrievers.
The season began in auspicious fashion for UMBC as sophomore left fielder Joe Fowler homered to right field on the first pitch throw to a Retriever in 2006. UMBC built a 4-1 lead through 2 ½ innings as right fielder Mike Scheffel drove in Brian Moran with an RBI single and then scored on an RBI ground out by third baseman Mark Lemon in the second inning.
After the Tribe scored a run in the bottom of the second, senior designated hitter Zach Clark hit a one-out solo homer to right center field in the top of the third.
William & Mary took the lead for good in their half of the third, scoring all four runs with two outs, including a pair on a throwing error by Retriever shortstop Steve Bowen. The runs came off starter and loser Steve Evans, who allowed two earned runs on six hits in his three innings of work.
The Tribe added two runs in the fourth and two more in the sixth off of reliever Sean Rae and tacked on four more in the seventh off Bo Sauter and Matt Buchholz.
UMBC broke the scoring drought in the ninth as pinch hitter Isaac Friedel doubled home Bowen.
Fowler went 3-for-4 at the plate and Bowen and Clark added two hits each, accounting for seven of the 11 UMBC safeties. The two teams are scheduled for single games on Saturday and Sunday.