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UMBC Baseball Falls to Delaware, 5-4
BALTIMORE--The UMBC baseball team dropped a 5-4 decision to visiting Delaware on Tuesday night at The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC. The two teams split the annual two-game series, with the Retrievers (10-30) taking a 9-8 victory over the Blue Hens (20-18) in March.
Retriever senior right-hander Matt Buchholz battled his younger brother, Alex Buchholz in the contest, with A. Buchholz fouling out, grounding out, and striking out against his brother. M. Buchholz was relieved by freshman Rob Hendry in the sixth inning, with the game tied at three apiece, as A. Buchholz came to the plate.
Hendry (0-2) took the loss for the Retrievers, going 1.2 innings and giving up the winning run on two hits and three walks.
David Slovak (2-3) earned the win for the Hens, coming into the game as relief in the eighth and going 2.0 innings while giving up only one run on two hits while striking out two.
Junior Mark Lemon led the Retrievers from the plate, going 3-for-3 with a triple and one RBI.
The Hens got off to an early, 1-0 lead, off a Bryan Hagerich RBI single in the first and then added two more off Ryan Cuneoís sac fly and Ryan Jablonskiís RBI single in the fourth to take a 3-0 lead.
The Retrievers evened the score, however, with a three-run fourth inning thanks to a Blue Hen error that scored senior Steve Bowen, fielderís choice that scored junior Steve Russo, and Lemonís triple that scored senior Tom Rinaldi.
Delaware struck again in the sixth, scoring Brandon Menchaca off a Retriever to take the 4-3 lead, but the Retrievers knotted the score once again in the bottom of the eighth off senior Mike Scheffelís RBI single.
Hendry walked Menchaca in the top of the ninth, who scored off an A. Buchholz RBI double down the third base line to give the Blue Hens a 5-4 advantage.
Slovak retired three Retriever batters in order off groundouts to give the Hens the win.
The Retrievers continue their non-conference week, traveling to Lafayette to face the Leopards in a two-game series from May 5-6.