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Baseball Set to Host Buffalo on Wednesday Night
Mac Gill will make his first UMBC start tomorrow against Buffalo
BALTIMORE, Md. – After taking one game in this past weekend’s home-and-home series with Navy, the UMBC baseball team (2-9) returns to the diamond on Wednesday night to host Buffalo. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. at the Baseball Factory Field at UMBC. The Bulls are 4-6 on the season, but have won their past two games, and take on Towson University tonight at the Tiger’s Schuerholz Park.
The Retrievers and Bulls last met exactly five years ago from tomorrow’s first pitch on Mar. 14, 2007. UMBC got the upper hand that day, defeating visiting Buffalo, 6-2.
The Retrievers will send sophomore right-hander Mac Gill (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) to the hill make his first career start at UMBC. So far this season, Gill (0-0, 0.00 ERA) has thrown one scoreless inning while recording two strikeouts and giving up one hit. The Bulls are still undecided on their starter.
Scouting the Retrievers:
In last weekend’s three-game, home-and-home series with Navy, UMBC won the first game of the series, 15-6, at the Baseball Factory Field. Navy then took both games at Max Bishop Stadium in Annapolis to win the series two games to one.
Junior Jason Allinder (Snow Hill, Md./Snow Hill/Chesapeake CC) led the Retrievers’ offense with a .556 batting average (5-for-9) against the Midshipmen. The UMBC catcher scored five runs while hitting two doubles and drawing two walks over the three-game weekend series
In Friday’s win, freshman Jake Barnes (Annandale, Va./Annandale) went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI to lead UMBC to its highest offensive output of the year. Senior Max Himmelstein (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) also picked up three hits against the Mids on Friday, while scoring three runs as well.
Seniors Luke DiBlasi (Pleasant Valley, N.Y./Arlington) and Josh Dick (Winchester, Va./James Wood) combined to throw five scoreless innings for UMBC, as Dick (1-0, 6.35 ERA)picked up his first win of the season.
Early in the season, senior Curtis Schicker (East Windsor, N.J./Lawrenceville Prep) leads the Retrievers with a .290 batting average (9-for-31). The third baseman went 3-for-8 over the weekend and notched a season-high of three hits in a single game against Army on back Mar. 4.
Scouting the Bulls:
After starting the season 0-5, Buffalo has turned it around, winning four of its past five contests to post a 4-6 recording heading into the team’s six-day, five-game road trip to the Mid-Atlantic. The Bulls take on Towson tonight and UMBC tomorrow, before heading up 95 to take on LaSalle, St. Joseph’s and Villanova this weekend in Philadelphia.
In their last game, the Bulls outslugged Long Island, 27-13, to post back-to-back wins for the second time this season. In that game, Buffalo pounded out 23 hits and scored at least three runs in five separate innings.
For the year, junior Tom Murphy leads the Bulls with a .381 average (16-for-42) with eight extra base hits, including a team-best four homeruns. Senior Dan Scahill is tied with Murphy with four roundtrippers this season.
- UMBC’s 12 RBI against Navy last Friday is a season-high. The previous mark of 10 had been set against Army on Mar. 4.
- Freshman Ian Glassman (Basking Ridge, N.J./Rutgers Prep) has picked up at least one hit five of UMBC’s last six contests.