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UMBC Baseball Sweeps First-Ever Series; Downs Navy 8-7
Senior Joe Fowler was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI on Tuesday night.
BALTIMOREóThe UMBC baseball team swept the season series against Navy for the first time since beginning a two-game series during the 2002 season as the Retrievers (9-16) edged the Midshipmen (20-12), 8-7, at The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC on Tuesday night.
Senior Joe Fowler (
Freshman Travis Pearson (1-0) (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) earned the first win of his collegiate career as he pitched two scoreless innings in relief and gave up just one hit while fanning two batters. Junior Ryan Morse (
Mike Guadagnini led the Mids in the loss as went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, three batted in, and tallied back-to-back home runs in the fourth and sixth, while Chris Murray (3-1) was tabbed with the loss after giving up three runs on five hits, while striking out one in two innings of work.
Navy struck early as leadoff batter Michael Speciale homered to start off the game and some early wildness by redshirt freshman Dave Divita (
The mirroring began in the bottom of the third however, as they Retrievers put up their own four-run inning started by a two-out walk by junior Wink Nolan (Ellicott City, Md./Calvert Hall/Maryland), the national leader in doubles per game (0.63/gm through 4/7).
Junior Scott Peddicord (Columbia, Md./Long Reach) singled with a hard-hit ball that dropped just between right and center to score Nolan and after another walk to put Fowler on base senior Will Delawter (Frederick, Md./Catoctin/Chesapeake JC) singled up the middle to plate Peddicord. After being hit by pitch junior Tom Meaney (Holbrook, N.Y./Sachem) loaded the bases for the Retrievers and Retzís single just over the second basemanís head brought two runs in to knot the score at four.
The Mids broke that tie quickly as the second batter of the fourth, Guadagnini homered to center and the Retrievers mirrored that score with an inning that saw three batters walked and an RBI single by Fowler to knot the score once again, this time at five.
Neither team would score in the fifth, and it was Guadagnini again in the sixth that gave Navy a two-run lead, 7-5, with a two-run shot high over the right field fence, but the mirroring stopped once the Retrievers came up in the bottom of the inning.
Nolan started things off with a leadoff double, his 16th of the season, before freshman Casey Medairy (
Both teams would remain scoreless for the remainder of the game as the Retrievers cruised to their first-ever series sweep of the Midshipmen after an 18-6 rout in
The Retrievers travel to Vestal, N.Y. this weekend for their second conference series as they face