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UMBC Baseball Notches 20th Win for First Time in Five Years with Doubleheader Split at Stony Brook
Freshman Rich Conlon led the Retrievers, going a combined 5-for-7 on the day.
STONY BROOK, N.Y.—The UMBC baseball team tallied 20 victories in a season for the first time in five years as the Retrievers (20-26, 12-10 America East) split a doubleheader, falling 5-1 in a nine-inning game one and claiming a 10-4 seven inning victory against Stony Brook on Saturday at University Field.
Freshman Rich Conlon (
Steven Mazzurco led the Seawolves (28-20, 12-6 America East), going a combined 3-for-6 on the day with two runs scored and two RBI, while Tom Koehler (6-3) surrendered just one run on five hits while striking out 12 batters in eight innings to earn the win in game one and Gary Novakowski (5-4) was tabbed with the loss after giving up five runs on eight hits in 4.1 innings pitched.
In a pitcher’s duel that saw a combined 17 batters strike out, the Retrievers broke a six-inning scoreless tie in the seventh that was started by junior Wink Nolan’s (Ellicott City, Md./Calvert Hall/Maryland) 22nd double of the season, the Retrievers’ only extra-base hit.
After a one-out error which allowed senior Steve Russo (
The Seawolves mirrored the Retrievers in the bottom of the inning, however, scoring one run on two hits and one Retriever error and took control with a four-run eighth inning on the way to the 5-1 victory.
Game two started out much the same way, but this time the Retrievers only had to endure two scoreless innings before putting a run up on the board thanks a leadoff double from Conlon, sacrifice bunt by senior Mark Lemon (
And once again, Stony Brook knotted the score at one in the bottom of the inning with a solo homer from Michael Stephan.
This time it would be the Retrievers that tallied the four-run inning as RBI singles from junior Scott Peddicord (
The Seawolves cut that lead to two with single runs in both the bottom of the fifth and sixth, but a five-run inning by the Retrievers which saw a three-run homer by Delawter, sac fly by Conlon, and RBI single by Lemon gave the Retrievers the eventual 10-4 win.
The Retrievers will play their final games of the regular season on Sunday as they face the Seawolves in a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m.