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BASEBALL SPLITS AT WAGNER
Staten Island, NY (May 4, 2002) - The Wagner College Seahawks and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County Retrievers split a Northeast Conference baseball doubleheader this afternoon at Willetts Field. UMBC took Game One, 5-3 while Wagner was victorious in the nightcap, 8-2. UMBC now stands at 27-18 overall, 18-5 in the NEC while Wagner's record is 9-36, 7-16 in the league. In the first game, UMBC starter, Joe Wilson tossed a complete game, allowing three earned runs while striking out five to improve his record to 8-2. John Shuler, Jared Boyd and Scott Kosmicky all ripped two hits. Wagner starter, lefty, John Crowley (2-8) took the loss, as he yielded five runs on eight hits in 6.2 innings of work. Junior Bryan Distefano went 3-4 with a RBI and run scored, while senior Carmine Jichetti collected two hits in three at-bats. Wagner got three runs in the third inning as Ryan Hilyard, Distefano and Chris Dick started the frame with three consecutive doubles. Freshman Anthony Gioielli singled home Chris Dick with one out for the 3-0 Wagner lead.UMBC responded immediately in the fourth as Boyd drilled a two-run homer to right field. The Retrievers then took a 4-3 lead in the sixth inning as Greg Deboy had a RBI single before Rick Guarno laced his own RBI single with two outs. The Retrievers then pushed across a run in the seventh as Boyd scored pinchrunner Joe Muscillo with a two-out double. Wilson retired four Seahawk batters in the seventh to seal the victory. In the second game, Wagner's Mike McTamney improved his record to 2-2 pitching a complete-game four hitter to help snap the Seahawks 12-game losing streak. McTamney allowed one earned run and fanned five UMBC hitters. Chris Dick was 4-4, including two homers for five RBI to lead the Seahawks and junior Zach Fazio was 3-3 with a big two-run double with the scored knotted at 2-2 in the sixth inning. UMBC scored an unearned run in the first as John Shuler led off the game with a single before stealing second base. On batter later, Shuler scored via a Wagner throwing error.Wagner took a 2-1 advantage in the third when Chris Dick hammered a two-run homer after Joe LaRocca doubled to lead off the inning. UMBC tied the game at 2-2 in the fifth as Matt Wiley had a RBI-groundout that plated Dan Carpenter who had a leadoff double. In the bottom of the fifth, the Seahawks loaded the bases with no outs before UMBC starter Zach Clarke got a force out at the plate and strikeout. Fazio then came to bat hit the first pitch he saw to dead center field for a 2RBI double and a 4-2 Seahawk lead. Wagner tacked on four more runs in the sixth with Chris Dick's second homer of the game, a three-run blast that put the game out of reach. The two teams conclude the series on Sunday, May 4 with a single, nine-inning game that starts at 12 noon.