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UMBC BASEBALL SWEPT BY MAINE
UMBC starter Jon Pavlis in game one sat down the first nine of 12 batters but started to run into trouble with one out in the fourth. Pavlis, who entered the inning with the game tied 1-1, gave up five consecutive singles as Maine scored three runs and took a 4-1 lead.
UMBC, who scored two runs in each the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, closed the gap to 4-3 only to see the Black Bears send 13 batters to the plate and score nine runs in the top of the fifth inning. Kevin McAvoy, Joe Hough and Matt McGraw each homered in the inning. It was Hough’s second home run of the game as he hit a solo shot in the third for the Black Bears first run of the game.
With the large advantage Black Bears starter Josh Zyskowski (1-0) cruised, lasting five inningS with 10 hits allowed, five runs and five strikeouts. Pat Moran and Troy Martin finished off the last two innings for
Pavlis (3-4) took the loss allowing 17 hits and 12 earned runs in 4.2 innings. Tom Schlein went 0.1 innings while Matt Buchholz finished the final two for UMBC. Joe Fowler went 3-for-4 in the game with two runs scored and two RBI. Fowler hit a home run for the Retrievers.
In game two Danny Menendez doubled down the left field line with the bases loaded and one out in the top of the 10th, allowing two Black Bear runs to score in the 6-4 10-inning win.
UMBC led 3-2 until Eddie Bach, with two outs and a runner at third, threw a wild pitch allowing the tying run to cross the plate in the top of the sixth inning.
With runners at the corners in the eighth, Zach Clark was called for a balk, sending the go ahead run across the plate for
The game stayed tied at 4-4 until the top of the tenth as back-to-back lead-off singles by Maine set the table for Menendez’ two-RBI double. Troy Martin earned the win moving to 4-4 on the year. Martin pitched the final 4.0 innings, allowing two hits and one run with five strike outs. Mike Powers started, lasting 6.0 innings and allowing three runs on five hits.
Zach Clark fell to 1-1 on the year after taking the loss. In 2.2 innings,
Fowler and Clark with hits in each game extend season-long and career-high hit streaks to 17 games each.
UMBC returns to action with the start of Tuesday Night Baseball this Tuesday at 7 p.m. against Navy at the Baseball Factory Field at UMBC.