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Fowler Homers in Eighth as UMBC Baseball Defeats Delaware, 12-11
Senior Joe Fowler hit the game-winning home run in the eighth against Delaware.
Fowler, who was 2-for-4 on the day with three runs scored and four RBI, was one of three Retrievers to homer during the contest, as freshman Sterling Sams (Vienna, Va./James Madison) led off the second inning with a solo shot, and senior Will Delawter (Frederick, Md./Catoctin/Chesapeake JC) added two of his own in the third with a three-run homer, and then again in the fourth with a two-run four-bagger.
Delawter, who was 2-for-5 on the day with two runs scored and five RBI, also started on the mound for the Retrievers, going three innings and giving up just one run on four hits, while striking out one. Junior Ryan Morse (1-0) (
Adam Tsakonas led the Blue Hens (3-5), going 3-for-4 with two home runs, three runs scored and four RBI, while David Slovak was credited with the loss, after giving up two runs (one earned) in two innings pitched, while striking out three.
The Blue Hens jumped onto the board first, in the bottom of the first as Alex Buchholz tallied a triple with two outs, and then scored on Jared Olsonís double to give
The Retrievers answered quickly in the second as Sams knocked one out of the park as the leadoff batter to knot the score at one, and the Retrievers took their first lead of the game in the third after Delawterís three-run shot, which gave them a 4-1 advantage.
That lead was extended in the fourth, which saw the Retrievers score five runs on five hits, sparked by junior Tom Meaneyís (Holbrook, N.Y./Sachem) double. Another
With two outs against the Retrievers, Fowler tallied two of his four RBI with a single to right and Delawter followed with his second home run of the day as the Retrievers took a commanding, 9-1 lead over
The Blue Hens duplicated UMBCís feat however, as they added five runs of their own in the bottom of the inning with a run scored off senior Sean Raeís (Westminster, Md./Calvert Hall/Frostburg) wild pitch and two runs each off homers by Josh Dean and Tsakonas to bring
The Retrievers added another run in the fifth off thanks to Lemonís groundout RBI, while the Blue Hens cut the Retriever lead to one with a three-run homer by Olson in bottom of the sixth to make the score 10-9.
The celebration was short-lived, however, as Nolan reached base on a Blue Hen error and Fowler gave the Retrievers the win with a two-run homer in the eighth for the 12-11 decision.
The Blue Hens were held hitless by Morse in the bottom of the eighth and neither team recorded a hit in the ninth.
The Retrievers will travel to