Barnes Wins Second Straight Game with Tenth-Inning Double as Baseball Takes Opener from Stony Brook, 2-1

Sophomore Jake Barnes
Sophomore Jake Barnes

STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Two days after hitting his first career homerun to down George Washington, sophomore Jake Barnes (Annandale, Va./Annandale) hit a tenth-inning double to bring in classmate Vince Corbi (Medford, N.J./Shawnee) from first and propel UMBC past Stony Brook, 2-1, Friday afternoon in the first of three America East weekend games at Joe Nathan Field.

UMBC (7-9, 4-3 AE) freshman Mike Gomez (Nutley, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) stranded runners on second and third in the ninth, and then only allowed a two-out single in the tenth to earn his first career win.  Gomez (1-1) relieved starter Mac Gill (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) who went a career-best eight innings, giving up just one run on two hits.

Joshua Mason (0-1) took the loss for Stony Brook (7-17, 2-5 AE), who has now dropped seven of its last nine.  Mason entered in the top of the ninth to put out starter Brandon McNitt's fire.  After throwing 8.2 innings, McNitt exited the game with runners on first and second and two down.

The win is UMBC's first over its conference rival since Apr. 10, 2009 and snaps a 21-game losing streak to the Seawolves.

The visitors threatened right off the bat on Friday as freshman Kevin Lachance (Clifton, Va./Centreville) lined the first pitch of the game to left field for a double.  The rookie shortstop did not stop there and finished the day 4-for-5 at the plate.  After a ground out, Lachance took third on a dropped third strike, but could not cross the plate as the inning ended on a double play.

Two innings later, the Retrievers looked to take the initiative again as sophomore Ian Glassman(Basking Ridge, N.J./Rutgers Prep) drew a lead-off walk and took second on a one-out single to right from Lachance.  Corbi then reached on catcher's interference to load the bases, but a pop up and strike out ended the rally.

Through all of the ups and downs, Gill controlled the Seawolves, not allowing a base runner until a one-out walk to Anthony Italiano in the bottom of the fourth.

UMBC finally made the first mark in the game in the top of the fifth, as Lachance came in to score on a single to center by Barnes.  The rookie singled up the middle with one out and then after a strikeout, stole second.  With a 1-0 count, Barnes drove the ball back up the box to give the Black and Gold the lead.

Gill continued to dominate last year's College World series participant and ended his day with a season-high three strikeouts.  Stony Brook was able to knot the game in the bottom of the sixth asAustin Shives led off the inning with a walk and then moved to second on a sac bunt.  The freshman then advanced to third on a passed ball and came into score on an RBI ground out.  The hosts broke up the right-hander's no-hit bid the very next inning when Michael Hubbard singled up the middle with two down.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Seawolves made a bid for the led as Jack Parenty shot a single through the right-side to give SBU runners on first and third with one down.  Gill battled, however, and forced a popped up bunt and a fly out to center to kill the threat.

Both teams looked poised for a last-inning win in the ninth, each gaining two on with two out, but both went for naught.

UMBC made the most of the extra opportunity in the tenth with Lachance reaching base once again with a lead-off single.  He was erased on a fielder's choice, though, with Corbi taking his place on first.  This did not hold Barnes back as the sophomore roped the second pitch he saw to the left-centerfield gap to drive Corbi in all the way from first with the game-winning run.

Gomez struck out Shives to start the bottom of the tenth and then got Parenty to fly out to center to put two away.  After Cole Peragine extended the game to one more hitter, the freshman reliever fanned Italiano to end the game.

UMBC and Stony Brook will take the field on Saturday for two games to conclude the three-game set.  Game one is scheduled for a 12:00 p.m. start with game two beginning approximately 30 minutes after the former's conclusion.

DAWG BITES

-          Stony Brook now leads the all-time series with UMBC 34-8.

-          UMBC last won on the Seawolves' home field on May 11, 2008.

-          The Retrievers have now won four America East games this season, matching the total of the last two years combined (2011 - 2-20; 2012 - 2-22).

-          The last time UMBC won four games in conference play was in 2010 (4-20).

-          The win is the Retrievers' first extra-inning win since defeating Albany, 5-4, in ten innings on Apr. 20, 2012 at Alumni Field.

-          Gill's final line: 8.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

-          In his last two outings, the junior right-hander has allowed only three earned runs over the course of 15 innings of work.

-          Gomez has now pitched two-straight scoreless outings.

-          Barnes went 2-for-5 at the plate and is now hitting .360 (9-for-25) against America East opponents this season.

-          Lachance is now hitting .333 (9-for-27) in conference play this year.