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BASEBALL EARNS A SPLIT WITH MONMOUTH
West Long Branch, N.J. – UMBC split its Northeast Conference-opening doubleheader with Monmouth, as Andrew Palmieri secured the victory in game one for the Hawks by throwing a complete game. The Retrievers captured the nightcap, as Eric Butkiewicz hurled a complete game as well, going nine innings.
In the opener, the Hawks touched UMBC starter Joe Wilson for two runs in the first inning, as Evan Clancy and Frank Pilitowski each drove in runs, scoring Cip Apicelli and Lance Koenig.
UMBC tied the game at 2-2 in the third inning when Joe Muscillo homered to right field with Chris Parker aboard.
Monmouth took control of the game in the home fifth inning, when Mike Kelly, who reached base on an error, advanced to second base on Apicelli’s sacrifice bunt. Koenig then walked, before Mike St. Martine laced a single up the middle, plating Kelly. Clancy drove in the other two runs for the Birds in the frame, as his double to right center, cleared the bases. Monmouth threatened to score once more in the inning, but Clancy was gunned down at the plate by left fielder Orlando, trying to score on Fran Rotella’s single.
Palmieri (2-1) retired six of the next seven batters, allowing a single to Brad Glasscock in the sixth inning, to capture the victory, while Wilson dropped his mark to 0-3 on the season.
Clancy led the Hawks with three RBI, while Pilitowski went 2-for-3 in the win. Palmieri went seven innings to pick up his second career complete game, giving up four hits and two runs, while striking out six Retrievers.
The Retrievers struck first in game two, plating a run in the fifth inning off of Monmouth starter Scott Zadina as Parker scored on Orlando’s single to left field. Rallying with two outs, UMBC’s Parker reached base on a fielding error by the Hawks’ Marc Weres and moved up to second base after a walk to Muscillo.
The Hawks responded in their half of the fifth inning, when St. Martine rapped a single to right field, allowing Kelly to score from second base after reaching on a fielder’s choice and a walk. With Koenig on third base, Clancy flew out to left to end the threat.
UMBC got to Zadina again in the ninth inning, as Scott Kosmicky led the charge with a leadoff single and then advanced to second base, as Chris Becraft reached on a fielder’s choice. Two outs later, with runners on second and third, the Retrievers’ Chris Yetter singled, driving in Kosmicky. Parker followed with a single of his own down the right field line, plating Becraft, knocking Zadina out of the game. UMBC tallied its final run off of relief pitcher Joe Cummings as a throwing error by the pitcher allowed the final score.
Monmouth’s Pilitowski scored on a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, cutting the score to 4-2, before Butkiewicz closed the deal.
Kosmicky led UMBC in the nightcap, going 3-for-3, while Butkiewicz (2-3) threw nine innings, allowing six hits and two runs.
Monmouth and UMBC conclude the three-game set tomorrow, as the teams face off at 12:00 p.m., in West Long Branch.
UMBC 002 000 0 – 2 4 1
MU 200 030 x – 5 8 1
UMBC – Wilson and Kosmicky, MU – Palmieri and St. Martine. WP – Palmieri (2-1). LP – Wilson (0-3). E – UMBC, Glascock, MU, Kelly. LOB – UMBC 2, MU 5. 2B – MU, Clancy, Pilitowski, Kelly. HR- UMBC, Muscillo.
UMBC 000 010 003 – 4 7 2
MU 000 010 001 – 2 6 2
UMBC – Butkiewicz and Kosmicky, MU – Zadina, Cummings (9) and St. Martine. WP – Butkiewicz (2-3). LP – Zadina (0-3). E – UMBC, Glascock 2, MU, Weres, Cummings. LOB – UMBC 5, MU 7.