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UMBC BASEBALL CAPTURES SERIES FINALE AGAINST HARTFORD, 5-4
Tom Rinaldi scored the winning run on Sunday.
West Hartford, CT - UMBC sophomore outfielder Joe Fowler's diving catch in left field for the final out of the game prevented the tying run and kept the Retrievers from being swept in the final of a four-game America East Conference series with the Hartford Hawks on Sunday afternoon. The Retrievers scored the go-ahead run in the ninth inning and took home the 5-4 victory improving to 14-26 overall and 4-10 in AE play.
Hartford (8-31, 5-11 AE) opened the game with two runs in the bottom half of the first inning. The Hawks began the game with three-straight singles with the second batter of the inning recording the games first RBI as Bill Perry drove leadoff hitter Brady Stouffer home. Perry scored later in the inning, driven in by a single to left from Ben Sobocinski.
The Retrievers got one run back in the second inning when a leadoff double by Mike Scheffel led to a run. UMBC had two hits in the inning with Mark Lemon recording the RBI on a single to right center field. Hartford would again take a two run lead in the bottom of the second when a two out rally led to two hits and the second RBI of the game for Perry.
UMBC took its first lead of the game in the fifth inning scoring two runs. The first two batters of the inning went for back-to-back hits. Fowler led off with a single to center and Zach Clark followed that up with a double to deep center putting runners on second and third. An infield ground out scored Fowler and a sacrifice fly to center scored Clark giving UMBC a 4-3 advantage.
Hartford knotted the score for the second time, scoring a single run off a lead off double to left center field. Bryan Propst began the inning with his eighth two-baser of the season and advanced to third on a passed ball. Ryan Crowley played a sacrifice to left field allowing Propst to score.
The Retrievers used its second lead off double in the game to score the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth. Tom Rinaldi started things off with the extra base hit and went to third on a wild pitch. He later scored on a sacrifice to center with Lemon recording the game-winning RBI.
Hartford led off its half of the ninth with Erik Price getting hit by a pitch. He went to second on a sacrifice bunt from David Grossman and ended up on third on an infield groundout for Adam Bowser. Stouffer stepped up to the plate with the tying run at third and sent a blooper over the shortstop and into shallow left where Fowler dove in to make the catch and prevent the four-game Hartford sweep.
Both pitchers of record came on in relief with lefty Tom Schlein picking up his fourth win of the season. He worked three innings of relief allowing only one hit and no runs while striking out a single batter. Steve Dabroski suffered the loss for Hartford, his second of the season. Dabroski pitched three innings in relief of starter Adam Flaherty. Flaherty lasted six innings while allowing four earned runs on six hits and struck out three batters. Dabroski pitched the final three innings and allowed only the winning run on one hit and struck out three batters.
Sean Rae started for UMBC and pitched the first inning. Matt Buchholz pitched the next five innings before giving way to Schlein in the seventh. Fowler, Clark and Steve Gale all recorded single hits while Scheffel tallied two hits. Rinaldi and Lemon had the Retrievers other two hits with Lemon driving in two runs.
UMBC returns to action on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. when they host Georgetown.