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UMBC Baseball Wins Second in a Row, Defeats NJIT, 4-3, Tuesday Afternoon in Florida
Sophomore Michael Pesci
After the Highlanders got the first two batters on in the bottom of the ninth down two runs, junior David DiVita (Mayfield Village, Ohio/Mayfield) came on to pitch and induced Bryan Bleakley to line out to sophomore first baseman Max Himmelstein (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) who doubled up Vincent Del Vecchio at first.
After a single and a walk that cut the lead to 4-3, sophomore Luke DiBlasi (Pleasant Valley, N.Y./Arlington) came on and got John Berner to line out for his first save of the season.
Sophomores Michael Pesci (Parsippany, N.J./DePaul Catholic) and Himmelstein and junior Rick Phillips (
Sophomore Mike Lafferty (
Phillips now has a five-game hitting streak and has three consecutive multi-hit games.
Pesci (1-0) pitched five solid innings, allowing five hits and two runs, while striking out two. Freshman Sam Bashioum (
NJIT starter Austin McAuliffe (1-2) struck out three in five-plus innings, allowing three runs, two earned.
The Retrievers return to action Thursday at 10 a.m. when they face off with