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Baseball Hosts George Washington for Midweek Clash on Wednesday
Curtis Schicker drove in the winning run last year against GW
BALTIMORE, Md. – Coming off of road win over Mount St. Mary’s on Tuesday, the UMBC baseball team returns to Baltimore to face George Washington Wednesday night at the Baseball Factory Field at UMBC. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. between the Retrievers and Colonials.
Freshman Jon Cobo (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) will get the ball for the Retrievers to make his third start of the season. The lefty does not have a decision in six appearances in 2012, but posts a 7.04 ERA in 15.1 innings of work. George Washington will counter with J.T. Wauford, who is 1-2 this year with a 7.13 ERA.
UMBC is 7-12 this season, but has won five of its past seven games, after defeating Mount St. Mary’s, 7-3, on Tuesday afternoon in Emmitsburg, Md. Senior Brian Klukowicz (Clifton, N.J./St. Peter’s Prep) went 2-for-4 in the game, hitting his second homerun of the season, and driving in four runs to lead the Retrievers. Freshman Ian Glassman (Basking Ridge, N.J./Rutgers Prep) continued on his hot stretch, connecting for two more hits and now has three straight multi-hit games.
Sophomore Shane Vlasic (Ashburn, Va./Broad Run) pitched seven innings, giving up only two runs on four hits to pick up the win and level his record at 2-2 for the season.
George Washington enters Wednesday’s contest standing at 7-16 this season after dropping two out of three games this past weekend to LaSalle. The Colonials lost both games of Friday’s doubleheader, but salvaged the series on Saturday with a 6-4 win in the finale to break a four-game losing streak.
Senior Brett Bowers leads the George Washington attack, hitting .349 (22-for-63) this season with eight runs scored and seven RBIs. Classmate Stephen Oswald is not far behind with a .308 average (28-for-91), but a team-best 14 RBIs and 13 runs scored.
George Washington leads the all-time series with UMBC, 26-14, after the schools split two meetings last year with each squad winning on its home field. The Colonials took the initial game, 6-2, in Washington, D.C. behind Tom Gately’s impressive eight inning effort in which he struck out seven batters.
In the return fixture in Baltimore, the Retrievers scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth to rally and beat George Washington, 6-3, at the Baseball Factory Field. Curtis Schickner (East Windsor, N.J./Lawrenceville Prep) singled in Michael Pesci (Parsippany, N.J./DePaul Catholic) to tie the game and catcher Jason Allinder (Snow Hill, Md./Snow Hill/Chespeake CC) scored the go-ahead run in the pivotal eighth inning.
After tonight’s game, UMBC hits the road once again to travel down to Farmville, Va. to take on Longwood for the three-game weekend series. The Retrievers and Lancers will meet twice on Saturday and then conclude the weekend with one game on Sunday.
- Wednesday’s game was originally scheduled to be played in Washington, D.C. but was moved to Baltimore last week. UMBC will now travel to George Washington for the return game on Wed., Apr. 18.
- With the game shifting to a home contest, it breaks up what would have been a season-long 12-game road swing for the Retrievers.
- UMBC has dropped five of the last seven meetings with George Washington. The two teams have played twice in each of the past four years except for 2009 when the game in Baltimore was canceled due to rain.
- The Retrievers are 5-5 against teams located in either Maryland or Washington, D.C. this season.