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UMBC Baseball Splits First Conference Series Since 2006, Downs Maine, 4-2
Junior Scott Peddicord had two doubles in the Retrievers' win over Maine.
BALTIMOREóThe UMBC baseball team split its first conference series since 2006 after winning the last game of a four-game series against Maine, 4-2, on Sunday afternoon at The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC. The Retrievers (12-22, 4-8 AEC) took a 3-2 lead over the Black Bears (14-18, 3-5 AEC) before a rain delay, in the bottom of the seventh with two outs, postponed play for over an hour and added a final insurance run in the eighth to earn the victory.
Senior Will Delawter (
Curt Smith scored both of the runs by the Black Bears after going 3-for-4 on the day, while Alejandro Balsinde (1-4) was credited with the loss after giving up three earned runs in six innings of work with one strikeout.
The Retrievers struck early when junior Scott Peddicord (
UMBC would even it at two in the bottom of the fifth when Peddicord plated junior Brad Brainer (Chester, Md./Kent Island/Chesapeake JC) with an RBI double to right and took the lead for good after junior Wink Nolanís (Ellicott City, Md./Calvert Hall/Maryland) sac fly that scored junior Shawn Retz (Baltimore, Md./Western Tech/Catonsville C.C.).
The rain delay halted play with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but play resumed in about an hour as the Retrievers made the final out.
Senior Sean Rae (Westminster, Md./Calvert Hall College/Frostburg U.) relieved Divita in the eighth and picked up his first save of the season after pitching two scoreless innings while striking out one and giving up two hits.
Delawterís solo homer in the bottom of the eighth gave the Retrievers a two-run lead as they cruised to the 4-2 victory and split their first conference series, since splitting the 2006 series against Albany.
The Retrievers return to action on Tuesday night as they take on George Washington at 7 p.m. at The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC.