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UMBC Baseball Wins Second Straight Series with 15-8 Win over Albany
Junior Joe Fowler tallied his ninth home run of the year with a grand slam on Sunday.
BALTIMORE—The UMBC baseball team defeated
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Mike Konstanty continued an exceptional weekend for the Great Danes, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored, a double, and his fourth home run of the series. Nate Novak (0-7) was tabbed with the loss after giving up eight runs on 11 hits in five innings of work.
The Retrievers struck first with three runs in the bottom of the first with an RBI double by senior Will Delawter (Frederick, Md./Catoctin/Chesapeake JC) and a two-RBI single by junior Shawn Retz (Baltimore, Md./Western Tech/Catonsville C.C.), but the Great Danes would cut that lead to one with two runs in the second and add two more in the third to take the 4-3 lead after holding the Retrievers hitless and scoreless in the second.
The Retrievers took back the lead, however, with a pair of runs off a groundout RBI from junior Brad Brainer (Chester, Md./Kent Island/Chesapeake JC) and a wild pitch that allowed Russo to cross home plate in the fourth only to have Albany reclaim a one-run lead in the fifth thanks to Konstanty’s two-run shot to left center to make the score 6-5.
It would be the last Great Dane lead for the remained of the game, as Fowler sealed the victory for UMBC with a one-out grand slam as the Retrievers took a 9-6 advantage.
The Retrievers added another handful of runs in the seventh off a sacrifice fly by Russo, RBI single by freshman Rich Conlon (Vienna, Va./James Madison), RBI doubles by junior Scott Peddicord (Columbia, Md./Long Reach) and Fowler, and an RBI single by Delawter as they took a 14-6 advantage.
The Retrievers return to competition when they host