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Retriever Baseball Earns First Win of Season Against Yale, 15-2
Senior Shawn Retz hit a three-run home run Sunday.
BALTIMOREóThe UMBC baseball team scored 11 runs in the first inning as the Retrievers won their first game of the young season, 15-2, over Yale Sunday afternoon.
Senior Shawn Retz (Baltimore, Md./Western Tech/Catonsville C.C.) hit his first home run of the season, going 2-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBI, while freshman Max Himmelstein (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) went 3-for-5 with three RBI as the Retrievers were very efficient at the plate, scoring 15 runs on 15 hits.
The Retrievers pounced quickly against Bulldog starter Vinny Lally (0-1), getting the first seven batters on base and scoring eight runs before Lally was replaced by Pat Ludwig. Retz hit the first pitch on the day from Ludwig over the left field fence, scoring fellow seniors Brad Brainer (Chester, Md./Kent Island/Chesapeake JC), who had three singles on the day, and Wink Nolan (Ellicott City, Md./Calvert Hall/Maryland).
UMBC starter sophomore Marty Zawacki (Hebron, Md./James Bennett) (1-0) only allowed one run with six strikeouts in five innings of work in his first start since 2007 and undergoing Tommy John surgery last season. Freshman Steve Miller (Newark, Del./Dickinson) pitched four innings for his first collegiate save.
Retriever freshman Curtis Schnickner (East Windsor, N.J./Lawrenceville Prep) received his first collegiate start at shortstop, earning a RBI on a bases loaded walk in the first.
The Retrievers return to action Monday against Yale at 2 p.m.