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BASEBALL REMAINS ALIVE, DEFEATS ST. FRANCIS (NY), 1-0
Lakewood, NJ – UMBC’s Brad Glascock (Bel Air, MD/C. Milton Wright) hit an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to give the fourth-seeded Retrievers a 1-0 win over second-seeded St. Francis (NY) in an elimination game in the NEC Baseball Tournament on Saturday evening at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, NJ. UMBC advances to play third-seeded Monmouth at noon on Sunday, which will also serve as an elimination game. The winner of that contest will advance to face top-seeded Central Connecticut State in the championship game at 3:30.
Glascock came up to bat with two runners on and singled up the middle, scoring Scott Kosmicky (Baltimore, MD/Archbishop Curley) from second base to win the game and keep the Retrievers alive in the tournament. UMBC improved to 20-26 on the season, while the Terriers ended their year at 21-21-1.
UMBC’s Eric Butkiewicz (Plainville, CT/Plainville) earned the complete game shutout, the first of his career, scattering six hits and four walks while striking out seven over nine innings of work.
St. Francis’ Paul Lepore (Freehold, NJ/Freehold Twp.) took the loss after allowing one earned run on six hits while striking out five over 8.1 innings.
The Terriers stranded eight runners on base, but only advanced two runners as far as second base.