BALTIMORE—The UMBC baseball team fell to Lafayette, 10-5, after dropping the first game of the doubleheader, 12-3, Saturday at Baseball Factory Field. The Retrievers fell to 0-4 on the season, while the Leopards improved to 2-4.
In the second game, Lafayette struck for four runs in the first inning and three more in the second, but the Retrievers battled back with two in the third and three in the fifth.
In the third, senior Rich Conlon (Vienna, Va./James Madison) led off the inning with a single, before advancing to third on a double by junior Michael Pesci (Parsippany, N.J./DePaul Catholic). The two scored on a single up the middle by freshman Rob McCabe (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Joseph's).
In the fifth, junior Bryan Klukowicz (Clifton, N.J./St. Peter's Prep) doubled down the right field line to score McCabe. After sophomore Jason Allinder (Snow Hill, Md./Snow Hill/Chesapeake CC) hit an RBI groundout to score junior Max Himmelstein (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown), fellow junior Curtis Schickner (East Windsor, N.J./Lawrenceville Prep) singled to score Klukowicz to cut the Leopard lead to 8-5.
Freshman starter Jon Cohn (Scottsdale, Ariz./Notre Dame Prep) (0-1) took the loss in his first appearance for the Retrievers. Corey Shea (1-1) allowed five runs in five innings to earn the win for Lafayette, while John Gentile earned his first save, pitching the final four innings.
In the bottom of the third of the first game, after McCabe walked to lead off the inning, the Retrievers rallied for four singles in a row, scoring McCabe and Pesci.
Himmelstein went 3-for-4 with an RBI, while redshirt freshman D.J. Ream (Columbia, Pa./Hempfield) recorded two hits.
The Leopards struck for seven runs in three innings against UMBC sophomore starter Mike Mitchell (Fairfax, Va./Paul VI Catholic/Frederick CC) (0-1). Zach Fritz (1-1) picked up the win for Lafayette, allowing two runs in five innings while striking out.
The final game of the series scheduled for Sunday has been cancelled due to rain in the forecast. The Retrievers will return to action Wednesday at George Washington at 2:30 p.m.