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UMBC Baseball Tallies Most Runs in Six Year with 21-8 Win over Maine; Falls 6-3 in Game One
Senior Will Delawter earned the win in game two on Saturday.
BALTIMORE—The UMBC baseball team split a double-header with Maine, as it fell 6-3 in game one and tallied the most runs in a game in six years with a 21-8 victory in game two on Saturday at The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC. The last time the Retrievers (11-21, 3-7 America East) tallied over 20 runs in a game was on April 28, 2002 when they notched a 23-13 win over Quinnipiac.
Senior Joe Fowler (
Billy Cather led the Black Bears (13-17-1, 2-4 America East), going 6-for-7 with four runs scored, two RBI, and a double, while Kevin Scanlan (2-2) earned the win, giving up just three runs, two earned, on 11 hits, while striking out six and Kyle Benoit (2-2) suffered the loss allowing six runs, three earned, on six hits.
The Black Bears broke a four-inning scoreless tie with an RBI single by Cather in the top of the fifth and then added three more in the sixth to take a 4-0 lead over UMBC.
The Retrievers started to chip away at the lead in the bottom of the inning with an RBI single by Fowler, but left two runners on base and saw the Black Bears take a four-run lead in the seventh with two runs for a 6-1 advantage.
UMBC threatened again in the bottom of the seventh with an RBI single from junior Scott Peddicord (
There would be no scoreless tie in game two as the Black Bears took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but the Retrievers would answer in the bottom of the inning with three runs of their own off an RBI single by Fowler, RBI double from Delawter and groundout RBI by junior Shawn Retz (Baltimore, Md./Western Tech/Catonsville C.C.).
Not to be outdone, Maine added a three-run inning of their own in the top of the second, but UMBC would take the lead for good in the bottom of the inning with three more runs after yet another Fowler RBI single, who went 4-for-5 with three runs and six RBI, and a two-RBI double by Delawter for a 6-5 lead.
A solo homer by junior Wink Nolan in the third (Ellicott City, Md./Calvert Hall/Maryland) solidified the lead for the Retrievers, before the Black Bears knotted the score at seven with two in the fifth, but the Retriever bats came alive in the bottom of the inning to score 14 runs on 10 hits for a substantial, 21-7 lead.
The Retrievers batted through the order twice, and saw three different Black Bear pitchers throughout the course of the half-inning which was started by a walk from Retz. Senior Steve Russo (
Conlon brought in a run with an RBI double and Brainer mirrored his at-bat with an RBI double of his own before Fowler smashed a three-run homer to deep center and Delawter finally made the first out of the inning with a groundout to second as he started the second time through the Retriever order.
Russo added an RBI single and Nolan followed with the same before Brainer tallied two runs on single through the left side and Fowler added an RBI single up the middle to tally the 14th and final run of the inning to bring Delawter to the plate for the third time, who made the final out.
The Black Bears notched one more run in the top of the seventh as the Retrievers cruised to the 21-8 win.
Both teams will continue the four-game series on Saturday with a 7:00 p.m. contest at The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC.