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UMBC DROPS 14-4 DECISION TO LAFAYETTE ON SATURDAY
The Leopards for the second straight game jumped on UMBC in the first, scoring five runs in the opening inning. Lafayette’s first seven batters reached base, recording five singles, a double and a walk as the first five batters scored in the inning.
Freshman Eddie Bach started for UMBC but lasted no longer than the first inning, allowing five runs on six hits with two walks. Matt Buchholz pitched the second for UMBC, allowing one hit and recording a strike out. Buchholz came back out for the third inning but was not nearly as affective as the Leopards recorded five hits with three singles, a double and triple in the first three batters as the Leopards sent 10 batters to the plate en route to six runs.
Tom Schlein relieved Buchholz, with one runner on second base and four runs already scored in the inning. The Leopards would record two more doubles and score two more runs to run out to an 11-1 lead.
UMBC’s offense was sparse after recording a run on three singles in the first. The Retrievers were held in check until scoring a single run in the seventh and two in the eighth inning. The Retrievers finished with 12 hits in the game and stranded nine runners. The Retrievers two games into the series have stranded 21 runners on base.
Ted Gjeldum went 8.0 innings allowing 12 hits, four runs and striking out four to earn the win for
Bach took the loss while Schlein in relief went 6.0 innings, allowing seven hits and four runs. Bo Sauter pitched a perfect ninth inning for UMBC. Zach Clark went 2-for-4 with two singles and an RBI in the game. Steve Bowen drove in one run on a 2-for-3 day at the plate.