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Baseball Opens 2012 Home Slate with Three Game Series against Army
Shane Vlasic will start Friday's home-opener again Army
BALTIMORE, MD. – The UMBC baseball team (0-4) opens its 2012 home schedule with a three-game series against Army beginning on Friday at the Baseball Factory Field at UMBC. Neither team played midweek after returning home from weekend games in North Carolina.
The Retrievers return home after dropping all four games at the season-opening Wake Forest Invitational in Winston Salem, N.C. In the course of three days, UMBC faced two Big East foes, Georgetown and Cincinnati, as well the host school Wake Forest of the ACC. Meanwhile, Army took two out of three from George Washington at the USA National Baseball Training Complex in Cary, N.C.
First pitch between the Retrievers and Black Knights on Friday is set for 5 p.m., while Saturday has a 6 p.m. start time and the series concludes with a noon start on Sunday.
The Retrievers and Black Knights last met on the diamond when Army traveled to Baltimore open the 2008 season. The two squads split the first two games with visitors claiming a season-opening, 4-3, win before UMBC struck back, 8-4, on Saturday. The Black Knights, however, took the series with a win on Sunday.
The teams were scheduled to meet at the beginning of the 2010 campaign, but the three-game series was canceled due unplayable conditions.
This weekend, UMBC will send sophomore lefty Shane Vlasic (Ashburn, Va. Broad Run) (0-0, 6.75) to the hill in the opener, while Army starts the series with senior lefty Logan Lee (0-0, 1.64) toeing the rubber.
In game two of the series on Saturday, the Retrievers will use sophomore John Cohn (Scottsdale, Ariz./Notre Dame Prep) (0-0, 11.25) to counter the Black Knights’ Chris Rowley (1-0, 1.77). In his last start, Rowley threw a seven-inning, two-hit shutout of George Washington.
The series finale is up in the air for both teams, but UMBC is projecting senior Mike Mitchell (Fairfax, Va./Paul VI Catholic/Frederick CC) (0-1, 13.50) to get the ball.
Last weekend in North Carolina, senior Max Himmelstein (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) led UMBC, hitting two homeruns and connecting for a triple. Junior Tom Gilchrist (Olney, Md./Sherwood/Chesapeake CC) leads the Retrievers in average after picking up five hits in 14 at-bats (.357) against the Hoyas, Demon Deacons and Bearcats.
Freshman Ian Glassman (Basking Ridge, N.J/Rutgers Prep) began his college career with bang, hitting a two-run homerun in just his second at-bat. He leads UMBC with three RBI through four games.
- Freshman Anthony Gatto (Hauppage, N.Y./Smithtown West) picked up a hit in each of his first two collegiate games.
- Eight of the Retrievers’ 27 hits (29.6%) have gone for extra bases this year (3-2B, 1-3B, 4-HR)