Four-Run Fourth Inning Spurs UMBC Past Mount for Series Sweep

Junior Bobby Applegate
Junior Bobby Applegate

BALTIMORE – UMBC starter Bobby Applegate (Somerdale, N.J./Sterling/Gloucester County College) went seven innings, the offense scored four times in the fourth inning and freshman Mike Gomez (Nutley, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) earned his second save in as many days as the Retrievers downed Mount St. Mary's, 5-3, to collect the abbreviated weekend series sweep, Sunday afternoon at Alumni Field.

Junior Rob McCabe (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, scoring twice and driving in a run, to record his second-straight multi-hit game for the Retrievers (2-4). Sophomore Vince Corbi (Meford, N.J./Shawnee) also picked up his second-straight multi-hit effort after going 2-for-3 with two RBI.

Mark QuarantaTom Healy, and Mo Moriarty all notched multiple hits for the Mount (3-9) which out-hit UMBC 12-8 on Sunday.

Applegate (1-1) earned his first win in a UMBC uniform by giving the Retrievers seven strong innings, giving up single runs in each of the first two innings.  Gomez, meanwhile, entered the game in the ninth and yielded just an infield single to earned his second career save.

Connor Graber took the loss for the Mountaineers after yielding three earned runs on four hits over the course of 3.1 innings of work.

After struggling to score runs yesterday in Emmitsburg, Mount St. Mary's got on the board early in the return fixture as Sam Nott doubled to left field with two down and an 0-2 count in the top of the first to bring around Nick Walker.  The visitors added another in the very next inning as Moriarty scored on a ground out, pushing their lead to 2-0 after two innings of play.

Neither team scored in the third, before UMBC exploded for four in the fourth.  Sophomore Anthony Gatto (Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West), the lead-off batter, was hit-by-pitch, and advanced to second on a single to center by freshman Manny Colon (Williamstown, N.J./Buena Regional).  Junior Brandon Coluccio (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Township/Brookdale CC) got the Black and Gold on the board with a sac fly to center, scoring Gatto.  Freshman Kevin Lachance (Clifton, Va./Centreville) then stepped up and yanked a double down the left field line, advancing Colon to third.  UMBC tied the score as the next batter, freshman Mark Esposito (Amity, Conn./Amity Regional), laid down a well-executed squeeze bunt for Colon to score from third.

The Retrievers were not done, however, as McCabe lashed a single to right, bringing Lachance across the plate.  With sophomore Ian Glassman (Basking Ridge, N.J./Rutgers Prep) batting, McCabe stole second and came home a batter later as Corbi singled to left.

That was all Applegate needed as he held the Mountaineers to just one hit over the course of the next three frames.

The Retrievers gave their starter an insurance run in the sixth as McCabe picked up a one-out single to right, moved to second on a ground out, and scored on another Corbi RBI single.

Mount St. Mary's pressured in the eighth, getting runners on second and third with just one out, but junior Jon Cohn (Scottsdale, Ariz./Notre Dame Prep) limited the damage to just a single run, leaving the score at 5-3.

Gomez then entered in the ninth and shut down the Mountaineers for the second straight day.

UMBC returns to action on Wednesday, Mar. 13 against local rival Georgetown.  First pitch between the Retrievers and Hoyas is set for 3:00 p.m. at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda, Md.

DAWG BITES

-          With the win, UMBC improves to 64-22-1 all-time against Mount St. Mary's.  The Retrievers have played and defeated the Mountaineers more than any other team in program history.

-          The Retrievers have now won five-straight games in the series with the Mount.

-          Mike Gomez's two saves this season matches the Retrievers' total for the entire 2012 season.

-          Gomez is the first UMBC pitcher to record saves in back-to-back games in the last ten years.

-          This is the first time that UMBC has picked up saves in back-to-back games since defeating NJIT (Luke DiBlasi) and North Dakota State (Austin Drewyer) on Mar. 16 and 18, 2010.

-          With his walk in the first inning, senior Tom Gilchrist (Olney, Md./Sherwood/Chesapeake CC) has reached base in each of UMBC's six games this season and extended his streak to seven-straight games dating to last season.

-          McCabe's multi-hit game is his second of the season and third straight against the Mount.

-          Corbi's multi-hit game is his second of the season and ninth of his career.