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UMBC Baseball Falls in Series Finale, 5-7 to Wagner; Wins Series 2-1
Junior Will Delawter recorded his second homer of the season on Sunday.
BALTIMORE--The UMBC baseball team dropped the series finale to Wagner, 5-7, on Sunday at The Baseball Factory Field, but win the series 3-2.
The Retrievers (3-6) made a comeback and scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth, after going into the inning down 2-7, but couldn’t hold off the visiting Seahawks (2-4).
Junior Will Delawter led the Retrievers, recording his second homer of the season, and going 1-for-3 on the day with two runs scored and one RBI.
Junior Dan Blewett (0-3) took the loss for the Retrievers, allowing 12 hits and three runs and striking out seven in 7.0 innings pitched.
Joe DiGeronimo led the Seahawks, going a perfect 4-for-4 on the day with two RBI’s and one run scored, while A.J. Pirozzi (1-0) took the win, giving up just one run and five hits, and striking out three Retrievers in 6.0 innings.
Blewett and Pirozzi each threw two scoreless innings to start the game, before the Seahawks took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third, off Digeronimo’s sacrifice fly to bring Joe Conforti in for the score.
Wagner added another run in the fifth off a throwing error by Blewett that brought Chris Drechsel in to give the Seahawks a 2-0 advantage.
The Retrievers finally answered back in the sixth inning, after Delwater advanced to second and third on wild pitches and scored on senior Steve Gale’s double to shortstop.
The Seahawks added another run in the seventh and two in the eighth, off an Ed Sudol single through the left side to plate DiGeronimo and then a Joe Conforti sac fly to score Drechsel and a DiGeronimo triple that brought Drechsel home to take a 5-1 lead.
Delawter’s homer in the eighth made the score 5-2, but a wild pitch by Sean Rae and sac fly by Drechsel put the Seahawks up, 7-2.
The Retriever bats came alive in the bottom of the ninth, with two runs coming off sophomore Scott Peddicord’s single through the right side and junior Joe Fowler’s run to make the final 7-5 in favor of the Seahawks.
The Retrievers travel to Delaware to take on the Blue Hens on Tuesday, March 13 at 3:00 p.m. and return home to face Buffalo at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday.