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UMBC Baseball Splits Doubleheader With Yale
Eddie Bach started Game 2 for the Retrievers recording a 1.50 ERA and 11 K's.
BALTIMORE—The UMBC baseball team split a double-header with Yale University on Saturday, falling in eight innings during Game 1 by a score of 14-12, but coming back to win Game 2 in seven, 4-3.
Junior Mark Lemon led the Retrievers (1-4-0) in the doubleheader, going 3-6 and batting .500 on the day. Lemon also picked up two stolen bases in as many attempts out of the Retrievers total of three.
Sophomore Eddie Bach led the Retrievers from the mound starting in Game 2 and recording a 1.50 ERA and 11 K’s in 6.0 innings. Bach gave up just five hits and one run.
The Retrievers took an early, 1-0, lead in Game 1 after sophomore Scott Peddicord’s single brought senior Steve Bowen in to score in the second inning.
The Bulldogs (1-1-0) came back in the fourth, however, as Ryan Lavarnway’s three-run homer off junior Steve Evans gave Yale a 3-1 lead.
Yale added three more runs in the fifth, first on an error by Bowen with the bases loaded, then on Mark Sawyer’s walk with the bases still loaded, and finally on a Charles Bush sacrifice fly to bring Josh Cox home before the Retrievers finally made it out of the inning down 6-1.
The Retrievers stayed in the game, adding four runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth, two coming off junior Joe Fowler’s double to right to bring in Lemon and senior Mike Scheffel and two more coming from junior Will Delawter’s two-run homer to plate Fowler. The Retrievers ended the inning down 6-5.
A Sawyer double and a Lavarnway single brought in two more runs for the Bulldogs in the seventh before Pedro Obregon hit a two-run homer off junior relief Tom Schlein to give Yale a 10-5 lead going into the final at-bat for the Retrievers.
Down by five in the seventh and final inning in regulation, the Retrievers started the scoring off on a Delawter double to left to bring senior Tom Rinaldi in for the score. With two outs, senior Steve Gale singled to center to score Fowler and Delawter before Peddicord homered off relief pitcher Brett Rosenthal to tie the score at 10 and send the game to extra innings.
The Bulldogs added four runs in the eighth to take a 14-10 lead starting with a bases loaded walk by senior Matt Buchholz. Sawyer’s single to right brought in another run and the Bulldogs finished the scoring with a two-run double by Bush.
The Retrievers added two more runs in the bottom of the eighth but came up short in Game 1, 14-12.
Game 2 saw Bach on the mound for the Retrievers, allowing just one hit in the first inning before the Retrievers took a 1-0 lead. Bach had 3K’s to get out of the second before the Retrievers added another run to take a 2-0 lead off a Fowler single.
The Bulldogs finally got on the board in the third as Justin Ankney’s sac fly plated Dan Soltman to leave the Retrievers with a 2-1 lead.
The next three and half innings were scoreless before Yale took a 3-2 lead in the top of the seventh with two outs and no men on base. A Soltman single, two wild pitches by freshman Marty Zawacki, a Cox walk, and an Ankney double gave the Bulldogs the lead to end the inning.
The Retrievers entered the seventh down by one run before Bowen’s sac fly tied the game 3-3 and freshman Rick Phillips’ double brought in the winning run by Peddicord.
The Retrievers continue the series against Yale with a 2:00 p.m. game on Sunday at the Baseball Factory Field.