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Baseball Travels Around the Beltway to take on Local Rival Towson on Wednesday
BALTIMORE, MD. Ė Coming off of their first win of the year, the UMBC baseball team travels around the beltway to take on local rival town on Wednesday at Schuerholz Park. First pitch is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
Sophomore Shane Vlasic is expected to start for the Retrievers. The lefty is 0-0 so far with a 4.22 ERA over 10.2 innings pitched in two starts in 2012.
The Retrievers and Tigers met twice in 2011, with each team picking up a win on its home field. Towson won the seasonís first meeting, 10-9, in Towson. After the Retrievers scored three runs in the top of the ninth to take the lead, 9-8, the Tigers tied it up on a fielderís choice. Two batters later, Towson won the game on a walk-off single by Austin Harclerode.
In the return matchup, UMBC jumped out to a lead with six runs in the first inning and never looked back, taking the win, 13-7, at the Baseball Factory Field at UMBC.
Four Retrievers recorded three hits in the game, including Brian Klukowicz (Clifton, N.J./St. Peterís Prep) who also drove in five runs.
UMBC is now 1-6 on the young 2012 season after picking up the win on Sunday. After dropping the first two games against Army over the weekend, the Retrievers pulled off the win in the series finale, 10-8, to give first year head coach Bob Mumma his first career win.
Leading, 10-3, heading into the top of the ninth, Army made the first year skipper wait a little longer, scoring five runs in the frame to make it a two-run game. With one down and men on second and third, senior Matt Siggins (Marriottsville, Md./Chapelgate/Frederick CC) got a pop out to short. Classmate Josh Dick (Winchester, Va./James Wood) then came in and got a ground out to first to preserve the win.
So far, freshman Anthony Gatto (Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West) has impressed for the Retrievers. The rookie outfielder leads UMBC with a .429 batting average (6-for-14), picking up a hit in four of his five starts.
Senior Max Himmelstein (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) has proven to be a danger in the lineup, already hitting three homeruns during the 2012 campaign. He leads the Retrievers with four RBI this year.