UMBC Baseball Wraps Up Spring Baseball Classic, Finishes with 1-4 Record
Photo Courtesy Meaghan Eyler: Junior Brad Brainer held a .562 batting average over four games last week.
Eastern Kentucky 5, UMBC 2
UMBC 12, Bradley 2
St. Louis 12, UMBC 9
Illinois 5, UMBC 0
Kansas 4, UMBC 1
BRADENTON, Fla.—The UMBC baseball team wrapped up their five-game series at the IMG Baseball Academy in Bradenton, Fla. last week as they finished with a 1-4 record, their only win coming against Bradley in their second game of the Spring Baseball Classic.
The Retrievers (5-9) started their trip off with a 5-2 loss to Eastern Kentucky on Sat. March 15, but bounced back with a 12-2 win over Bradley on Sun and then suffered consecutive losses to St. Louis, 12-9, Illinois, 5-0, and Kansas, 1-4, on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. The competition against Central Connecticut State scheduled for Thursday was cancelled due to rain.
Junior Brad Brainer (Chester, Md./Kent Island/Chesapeake JC) led all Retrievers as he recorded a .562 average for the week with two runs scored, two doubles, two triples, three RBI and a .978 slugging percentage in four games, and junior Wink Nolan (Ellicott City, Md./Calvert Hall/Maryland) wasn’t far behind as he batted .500 with five runs scored, two doubles, a home run, and three RBI in five games.
On the mound, sophomore Ed Bach (1-1) (Columbia, Md./Atholton) earned the only win for the Retrievers as he pitched seven innings against Bradley, giving up just two runs on four hits while striking out four. Bach also pitched two scoreless innings against Kansas, giving up just one hit in the process.
Junior Tom Meaney (Holbrook, N.Y./Sachem) and senior Will Delawter (Frederick, Md./Catoctin/Chesapeake JC) each batted in one run for the Retrievers to start the week off against Eastern Kentucky and Nolan and senior Joe Fowler (Wilmington, Del./St. Mark’s) went 2-for-4 on the day.
Junior Dan Blewett (1-3) (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) was slated with the loss as he gave up five runs, four earned, on eight hits and struck out five in eight innings.
Nolan was a perfect 4-for-4 with three runs scored, a double, a home run, and three RBI in the win over Bradley, while Delawter went 3-for-5 with one run scored, three RBI, and one was one of five more Retrievers with a double. Meaney, junior Scott Peddicord (Columbia, Md./Long Reach) and freshmen Rich Conlon (Vienna, Va./James Madison) and Sterling Sams (Vienna, Va./James Madison) also tallied one double each.
Bach earned the win against the Braves, while junior Ryan Morse (Frederick, Md./Catoctin/Chesapeake JC) pitched two scoreless and hitless innings in relief and fanned one batter.
Brainer led the Retrievers in the loss to St. Louis as he went 4-for-5 with one run scored, a triple and three RBI. The junior tallied a three-run bases clearing double in the seven-run seventh inning for UMBC, which Peddicord, who was 3-for-3 with one run score and one batted in, led off the inning with a single. Junior Shawn Retz (Baltimore, Md./Western Tech/Catonsville C.C.) tallied the only other extra-base hit with a double in his only at-bat and freshman Austin Drewyer (Ellicott City, Md./River Hill) pitched two scoreless and hitless innings in relief, striking out two. Redshirt freshman Dave Divita (1-2) (Mayfield Village, Ohio/Mayfield) was tabbed with the loss after giving up nine runs on 11 hits while fanning three in four innings of work.
Brainer led the Retrievers once again in the loss to Illinois as he tallied another triple, his third of the season, and went 2-for-4 on the day. Also reminiscent of their last contest, Retz tallied the only other extra-base hit, a double, as he went 1-for-3. Delawter (0-1) took the loss for the Retrievers this time, as he gave up three runs on seven hits, but struck out nine in six innings pitched.
In the finale of the Retrievers spring break trip, Brainer’s bat came alive again as he went 3-for-4, scored the only run for the Retrievers and recorded the only extra-base hits with two doubles. Blewett was slated with his second loss of the week as he gave up four runs, three earned, on five hits while walking two and fanning four and Bach pitched two scoreless innings with just one hit in relief.
The Retrievers return to The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC on Tuesday as they host Mount St. Mary’s at 4:00 p.m. and travel to College Park, Md. on Wednesday to face the Terps before hosting Longwood in a three-game series beginning with a 6:00 p.m. contest on Friday.