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Retriever Baseball Swept by William and Mary on Opening Weekend
WILLIAMSBURG, Va.--The UMBC baseball team remains winless on their opening weekend after dropping both games of a doubleheader to William and Mary at Plumeri Park in Williamsburg, Va. on Saturday. The Retrievers (0-3) were bested by the Tribe (4-6), 9-1 during the second game of a three-game series and 5-4 during the final game after being defeated 8-2 in the first game of the series on Friday.
The Retrievers remained scoreless, down by nine runs, in their first outing until the seventh inning, when junior Will Delawter’s sacrifice fly brought in senior Mike Scheffel to score UMBC’s only run of the game.
Sophomore left-hander Eddie Bach (0-1) started on the mound for the Retrievers, giving up four runs and six hits in 3.0 innings before being relieved by junior right-hander Sean Rae. Kevin Landry started for the Tribe, allowing just five hits in 6.0 innings.
Game Two was a much different story as both teams remained scoreless until the bottom of the third, when the Tribe drew first blood off a Mike Sheridan single. The Retrievers came back in force in the fifth inning, however, as one Tribe error put junior Mark Lemon on first, sophomore Tom Meany’s single put runners on first and second, and a William Mary error off sophomore Scott Peddicord’s bunt brought in Lemon and Meany to give UMBC a 2-1 lead. Senior Joe Fowler hit a groundout RBI to bring home Peddicord to finish the inning and give the Retrievers a 3-1 advantage.
The Tribe knotted the score at three with two runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth, but UMBC took the lead once again in the sixth after Delwater’s single to center brought senior Steve Gale to the plate to just beat the throw and make the score 4-3.
William and Mary tied the score once again in the bottom of the seventh off a Greg Maliniak single to right and ended the game after junior left-hander Tom Schlein hit Sheridan with his second pitch to make the final, 5-4 in favor of the Tribe.
The Retrievers held an advantage in errors, committing none to the Tribe’s four, but were out hit, 13-8 in Game Two.
The Retrievers travel to take on cross-town rivals Towson on Friday, Mar. 3 at 3:00 p.m., before hosting Yale in their home opener on Saturday, Mar. 4 with a doubleheader at The Baseball Factory Field.