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UMBC Baseball Announces Captains, Schedule for 2008 Season
Senior Steve Evans will serve as a co-captain for his second straight season.
Senior Mark Lemon will serve as a co-captain for the 2008 season.
BALTIMORE—Seniors Steve Evans (Finksburg, Md./Chapelgate) and Mark Lemon (Wilmington, Del./St. Mark’s) will serve as co-captains of the UMBC baseball team for the 2008 season, head coach John Jancuska announced Friday.
Evans will enter his second season as a leader of the Retrievers after being named a co-captain for the 2007 season.
“Steve was a very effective captain in 2007,” Jancuska said. “He served his position and the team so well that the coaching staff decided that we’d like for him to stay on as a captain for the 2008 season.”
Evans made 12 starts for the Retrievers in 2007 and led the team with 75.1 innings pitched and 43 strikeouts while holding a 4.66 earned run average.
Lemon, a four-year starter, holds the record for being hit by pitch after adding seven instances in 2007 to bring his career total up to 27. The senior is also tied for fifth on the Retrievers’ all-time list for sacrifice hits with 16. Lemon was chosen as a co-captain for the 2008 season after a poll by his teammates resulted in being named on an overwhelming majority of the ballots.
“Mark has been a starter for us since he first came in his freshman year,” said Jancuska, “but more importantly his work habits, and his love and respect for the game qualify him to be a leader of this team.”
Jancuska also recently announced the Retrievers’ 2008 schedule, which will include competition against teams from 11 conferences in addition to the Retrievers’ own America East Conference schedule.
For the first time since 1990, the team will travel a significant distance as they visit the IMG Baseball Academy in Brandenton, Fla. for Spring Training from Mar. 14-22. During the course of that week, the Retrievers will face some of the top teams in the top conferences in the country as they take on the Ohio Valley Conference’s Eastern Kentucky, Missouri Valley Conference’s Bradley, Atlantic-10 Conference’s St. Louis, Big Ten Conference’s Illinois, Northeast Conference’s Central Connecticut, and Big 12 Conference’s Kansas.
“The Spring Break trip will provide us with the opportunity to play against some very strong baseball teams,” Jancuska said. “The high level of competition will better prepare us for the tough America East Conference schedule that we play.”
The Retrievers will play host to Patriot League power Army to kick-off the 2008 season in a three-day, three-game series from Feb. 29-Mar. 2, while also hosting non-conference series against Manhattan and Longwood in addition to regular opponents Delaware, Navy, Towson, Maryland, Georgetown, and George Washington.