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Retriever Baseball Drops Heartbreaker to Fairfield, 5-4, Sunday afternoon
Freshman Max Himmelstein hit his second home run of the season Sunday.
BALTIMORE--The UMBC baseball team dropped a heartbreaker to Fairfield 5-4, Sunday afternoon at The Baseball Factory Field. With the loss, the Retrievers drop to 4-13 on the season, while the Stags imrpove 10-9.
Fairfield capitalized on three UMBC errors in the top of the ninth to tie and take the lead 5-4. Mark Skrapits hit a RBI double to tie the game at four, before scoring on a Carmine DeVito grounder that was thrown over the first baseman's head.
UMBC opened the scoring in the bottom of the second, when sophomore Rich Conlon (Vienna, Va./James Madison) walked to lead off the inning and freshman Josh Dick (Winchester, Va./James Wood) singled off Fairfield starter Scott Gussaroff for his first collegiate hit. After a freshman Curtis Schickner (East Windsor, N.J./Lawrenceville Prep) sac bunt, senior Wink Nolan (Ellicott City, Md./Calvert Hall/Maryland) drove in Conlon on a grounder to first. After a senior Brad Brainer (Chester, Md./Kent Island/Chesapeake JC) walk, freshman Max Himmelstein (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) belted his second home run of the year to center to give the Retrievers a 4-0 lead.
The Stags scored one in the fourth and two in the fifth, before loading the bases against freshman reliever Michael Pesci (Parsippany, N.J./DePaul Catholic), but Pesci struck out Jason Rago to end the threat.
Sophomore Austin Drewyer (Ellicott City, Md./River Hill) started off for strong for UMBC only giving up one hit through three innings. On the day, he gave up three runs with four strikeouts in five innings of work. Fairfield starter Scott Gussaroff allowed four runs with three strikeouts in seven innings of work. Sophomore Travis Pearson (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) (0-1) took the loss despite not giving up an earned run, while Justin Servino (2-0) earned his second win of the season.
The Retrievers return to action Tuesday at 3 p.m. when they play at George Washington before starting conference action next weekend at Albany.