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UMBC Baseball Drops Heartbreaker, 4-3, to Binghamton
BALTIMORE--The UMBC baseball team dropped a heartbreaker, 4-3, to Binghamton on Friday at The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC. The loss is the Retrievers’ (8-23, 0-9 America East) 11th straight and ninth in conference play, while the Bearcats improve to 13-10 and 6-1 in the conference.
Junior Will Delawter (0-5) gave up the only four runs of the game, while going 6.0 innings with five hits, three walks, and eight strikeouts. Delawter also batted as the designated hitter for the Retrievers, going 1-for-4 with one run scored and one double on the day.
Senior Steve Bowen led the Retrievers, going 3-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI, including his fourth home run of the season in the bottom of the sixth that put the Retrievers within one run.
Zach Groh (3-1) picked up the win for the Bearcats, going 7.0 innings and giving up three runs on four hits while striking out eight and Khalid Afify recorded his fourth save of the year, blanking the Retrievers across the board and striking out two in 1.0 inning pitched.
Henry Dunn led the Bearcats from behind the plate, going 1-for-3 with one run scored and two RBI thanks to his two-run homer in the second.
The Bearcats took an early, 4-0 lead in the second off Jeff Monaco’s double that plated two runs and Dunn’s two-run homer.
The Retrievers steadily chipped away at that lead however, scoring one run each in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings, including Bowen’s homer in the sixth that put them within one.
The Retriever scoring was halted, however, giving the Bearcats the 4-3 victory.
The Retrievers and Bearcats face-off again on Saturday in a doubleheader starting at 3:30 p.m. at The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC.