Retriever Baseball Continues Home Stand with America East Weekend Series versus Stony Brook

Junior Brandon Coluccio
Junior Brandon Coluccio

BALTIMORE – The UMBC baseball team continues its late-season five-game home stand with a three-game weekend series against league foe Stony Brook.  The America East rivals will play at doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 12:00 p.m., followed by a single game on Sunday at Alumni Field.  Following Sunday's game, members of the UMBC team will shave their heads, culminating the team's fundraising effort for the vs. Cancer Foundation.

The entire weekend series will be streamed live on UMBCRetrievers.tv and will feature live commentary, multiple camera angles, and replays.

Series-opening starter Mac Gill (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) will once again get things going for the Retrievers in the seven-inning game.  Gill (2-4, 4.78) has pitched the first game of each weekend this season and has thrown a complete-game in each of his last two trips to the hill.  He will be opposed by the Seawolves' right-hander Frankie Vanderka (5-3, 2.14).  In the series between the clubs earlier this spring, Vanderka blanked the Retrievers, yielding just three hits in seven innings.

Game two will feature another matchup of righties as freshman Mike Gomez (Nutley, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) goes up against Stony Brook junior Brandon McNitt.  After earning four saves in 13 relief appearances to open the year, Gomez (1-4, 3.43 ERA) has made three consecutive starts, working to a 3.38 ERA in that span.  McNitt (2-5, 4.01 ERA) lost his last start, as Stony Brook dropped a 3-1 decision at Binghamton.

A pair of freshmen get the ball for the series finale as righty Denis Mikush (Burke, Va./Robinson) goes for UMBC and lefty Daniel Zamora get the ball for Stony Brook.  Mikush (1-3, 5.54 ERA) earned his first career win two weeks ago, twirling a four-hit, complete-game shutout of Binghamton. Zamora (2-6, 3.84 ERA) recorded the victory against the Retrievers in New York, tossing 6.1 innings and striking out nine batters.

UMBC (11-25, 5-16 AE) opened their home stand with a 4-2 loss on Wednesday evening to local rival Towson and has now lost five in a row.  The Retrievers cut the lead to one twice, but could not overcome the Tigers.  Freshman Kevin Lachance (Clifton, Va./Centreville) went 2-for-4 to pick up his ninth multi-hit game of the year, tying him for the team lead.  Lachance has also swiped a team-high nine bags in his freshman campaign.

Junior Brandon Coluccio (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Township/Brookdale CC), who went 1-for-3 against Towson, has driven in a team-best 14 runs this spring, including one on Wednesday.  ClassmateRob McCabe (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) had his six-game hit streak come to come to an end against Towson but has a .333 on-base percentage in 2013.

Junior Jon Cohn (Scottsdale, Ariz./Notre Dame Prep) and freshman Cam Maxey (Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee) combined to throw three scoreless innings against the Tigers.  Cohn has worked a team-high 37.1 Innings out of the pen for a 3.13 ERA while Maxey has given up just one earned run in his last four appearances, including a 8.2-inning effort while starting against Coppin State.

Stony Brook (18-28, 9-12) defeated Fairfield on Tuesday afternoon as Cole Peragine hit a two-run home run to left to break a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning.  The Seawolves have won two in a row entering the weekend and four of their last five.

Peragine is second on the team with a .289 average (43-for-149) while driving in 15 runs and scoring 22 times.  Jack Parenty leads the squad, hitting at a .327 clip (50-for-153) and scoring 24 runs. Despite a .216 average, Kevin Courtney has slammed five home runs and knocked in a team-high 25 RBI.

Tyler Honahan, who started Tuesday's game, leads the team with three saves while three other pitchers have notched one each.  Chad Lee has made a total of 12 appearances this season, working to a 1.86 ERA over the course of 29.0 innings.

DAWG BITES

-          The teams previously met on Mar. 29-30 on Long Island with the home-standing Seawolves taking two of the three games.

-          Stony Brook leads the all-time series 36-8 and had won 21-straight games against UMBC before the Retrievers' series-opening win on Mar. 29.

-          UMBC is 6-9 at Alumni Field while the Seawolves are 6-17 on the road.

-          The Retrievers are 3-21 against the Seawolves at home since joining the America East conference in 2004.

-          The Seawolves won the only neutral-site matchup with a 4-3 win in the conference tournament in 2008 in Farmingdale, N.Y.

-          Lachance went 7-for-12 against the Seawolves in the first series.

-          The Retrievers are batting .554 with a runner on third and less than two out.

-          UMBC has played 11 error-free games this year compared to just six in 2012.