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BASEBALL RALLIES FOR TWO IN THE NINTH, EDGES NAVY, 7-6
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - UMBC shortstop Steve Bowen went 3-for-5 with two runs scored as the Retrievers rallied from a 6-5 deficit in the ninth to defeat Navy, 7-6, in baseball action on Wednesday afternoon at Terwilliger Brothers Field at Max Bishop Stadium. With the loss, the Midshipmen fall to 10-5-1, while the Retrievers improved to 4-4.
With Navy holding a one-run lead heading into the ninth, UMBC third baseman Steve Russo reached on an error to lead off the inning. Bowen and Zach Clark delivered back-to-back singles to load the bases with nobody out. Navy reliever Ryan Hefner induced a fielder's choice groundout, however a throwing error
in an attempt to turn a double play allowed Bowen to score the go-ahead run.
The Retrievers held a 1-0 advantage over the first-three innings until the
Midshipmen knotted the ballgame at one with a bases loaded walk.
UMBC scored three times in the fifth and once in the sixth to build its 5-1 cushion. The key hit was a two-run single by designated hitter Zach Clark. Navy took a 6-5 lead wiith five runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings.
Tom Schlein won his first game of 2006 with a 5.0-inning effort in relief of starter
Eddie Bach on Wednesday. Schlein gave up seven hits and five runs, only one earned, with one walk and one strikeout. Bach yielded only one hit with six strikeouts, but walked five Midshipmen as he left after throwing 90 pitches, 47 of which were strikes, through four innings.
Russo and Clark each had two hits to join Bowen in the multi-hit department as the
visitors out-hit Navy, 11-8.