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Baseball Finishes Nine-Game Home Stand by Hosting Georgetown on Tuesday
Brian Klukowicz is a career .438 hitter against Georgetown
BALTIMORE – Coming off of a three-game sweep at the hands of America East rival Stony Brook, the UMBC baseball team (9-32) finishes its season-long, nine-game home stand on Tuesday by hosting Georgetown (19-24) at the Baseball Factory Field. The Retrievers are currently 2-6 in the first eight games of the set and will be looking to pick up their first win against the Hoyas this season.
Senior Matt Siggins (Marriottsville, Md./Chapelgate/Frederick CC) (1-0, 5.71) will get the ball for the Retrievers on Tuesday. In his only other start of the season, the righty went 7.2 innings against conference rival Albany, giving up only two earned runs while scattering seven hits. After leaving in the eighth with runners on, he was no decisioned as the Retrievers tied the score in the bottom of the inning and scored two runs in the tenth to win 5-4 in extras.
The two squads have already met three times this season with the Hoyas picking up wins in each game. The Retrievers and Hoyas met twice in the season-opening Wake Forest Invitational in Winston Salem, N.C. In game one, UMBC trailed 1-0 heading to the bottom of the second but took the lead on a two-run homerun by junior Tom Gilchrist (Olney, Md./Sherwood/Chesapeake CC). The next inning, senior Max Himmelstein (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) doubled the lead with his first round-tripper of the season giving the Retrievers a 3-1 lead.
After Georgetown retook the lead with three runs in the top of the fourth, freshman Ian Glassman (Basking Ridge, N.J./Rutgers Prep) sent a two-run shot over the wall to give the Retrievers the lead once again, 5-4. The Hoyas, however, answered with four runs in both the sixth and seventh innings to take a commanding lead and win the game, 13-6.
On Saturday, Georgetown led 5-0 after three and a half innings and held off UMBC’s rally to pick up their second win in two days, 11-4.
The two squads finally met in a non-neutral site game on April 3 when the Retrievers traveled to Bethesda, Md. to face the Hoyas on their home field. Senior Curtis Schickner (East Windsor, N.J./Lawrenceville Prep) went 2-for-3 with two doubles and scored a run, but the rest of the Retriever lineup was held in check as Georgetown won 7-1.
A year ago, UMBC and Georgetown split a home-and-home series with each squad winning on its home field. The Hoyas claimed a 12-2 victory in Bethesda before UMBC rebounded with a 4-3 win in Baltimore. Rob McCabe (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Joseph’s Prep) went 3-for-4 on the day and scored two runs while Brian Klukowicz (Clifton, N.J./St. Peter’s Prep) knocked in two runs to go along with a 2-for-4 effort at the plate.
Last week, UMBC completed its season sweep of in-state rival Mount St. Mary’s on Wednesday with a 15-10 win. Klukowicz went 4-for-4 and became the first Retriever to hit two homeruns in a single game since his classmate Himmelstein did so during the 2010 campaign. The senior outfielder also knocked in a career-high six RBIs and scored four runs. The Retrievers have now won seven straight meetings with the Mount at Baseball Factory Field.
- UMBC has not beaten Georgetown at home since 2006 and have lost five straight games to the Hoyas at the Baseball Factory. That year the Retrievers won 8-7 on a walk-off double by Mike Scheffel.
- The Retrievers are 0-5 against teams from Washington, D.C. this season (0-3 vs. Georgetown; 0-2 vs. George Washington).
- After Tuesday’s game, UMBC has only one remaining non-conference game (May 9 vs. Towson).
- Freshman Anthony Gatto (Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West) is batting .591 (13-for-22) when leading off an inning.
- Schickner is hitting .433 (13-for-30) with runners in scoring position in 2012.
- Klukowicz is a .438 hitter (7-for-16) in five career games against Georgetown. He picked up three hits during both his sophomore and junior campaigns against the Hoyas.