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UMBC Baseball Has Seven Run Seventh Inning, Defeats NJIT 8-2
Junior Steve Evans notched his third win of the season with the 8-2 decision over NJIT on Sunday.
BALTIMORE--The UMBC baseball picked up its second win of the weekend with an 8-2 victory over visiting NJIT on Sunday at The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC. The Retrievers (8-12) and Highlanders (6-12) were tied at one game each in the three-game series before Sunday’s contest. The Retrievers take the series 2-1 with Sunday’s win.
Both teams were tied at one run each going into the seventh inning, when the Highlanders scored one run to take a 2-1 lead. The Retrievers answered back in the seventh scoring seven earned runs off five hits, including doubles by juniors Mark Lemon and Will Delawter.
Lemon led the Retrievers, going 2-for-4 with one run scored, two RBI, and one double, while junior Steve Evans (3-1) picked up his third win of the season going 8.0 innings with just two runs and six hits while striking out seven.
Kwesi Mitchell led the Highlanders in their defeat, going 2-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI, while Rob Pietrocola pitched for the loss, giving up four runs, eight hits, walking five, and striking out four in 6.1 innings.
The Retrievers jumped on the board first, on senior Steve Bowen’s walk, a pitcher balk to advance him to second, a groundout that advanced him to third and junior Steve Russo’s double that brought him to the plate in the bottom of the fourth.
The Highlanders knotted the score in the top of the sixth off Matt Schlitter’s double and added one more in the seventh off a lead-off Mitchell home run for their two total runs.
The Retrievers batted through their order in the bottom of the seventh, facing three pitchers in the process. Lemon started the inning off with a double to right center, followed by senior Mike Scheffel’s single that advanced him to third. Junior Joe Fowler lined out for the RBI, followed by a balk that advanced Scheffel and a walk by sophomore Scott Peddicord to put two men on.
Bowen singled off the Highlander’s first reliever, plating Scheffel, followed by a Delawter double that scored Peddicord. Russo walked to load the bases and the Highlander’s put in their second reliever.
Senior Steve Gale walked, scoring Bowen, sophomore Tom Meaney was hit by a pitch, scoring Delawter, and Lemon came back to the plate to hit a two-run single Scheffel and Peddicord made the last outs.
The last two innings were scoreless for both teams, giving the Retrievers an 8-2 win.
The Retrievers travel to College Park, Md. on Tuesday to face the cross-town rival Terrapins at 7:00 p.m. before opening conference play with a weekend series against Hartford.