Retrievers Fall in Mid-Week Road Clash at Delaware, 12-4

Sophomore Ian Glassman
Sophomore Ian Glassman

NEWARK, Del. – UMBC sophomore Ian Glassman (Basking Ridge, N.J./Rutgers Prep) went 2-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored, but Delaware scored two or more runs in five separate innings and went on to defeat the Retrievers, 12-4, Tuesday afternoon at Bob Hannah Stadium.

Jimmy Yezzo paced the Blue Hens for the second straight year by once again hitting two homeruns against the Black and Gold during a 2-for-5 performance with four RBI.

Delaware starter Connor Hibbs gave up two runs on five hits over five and a third innings to earn the win. 

Junior Jon Cobo (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) took the loss for the Retrievers in his first start of the season.  The lefty yielded five earned runs on five hits over the course of three innings of work.

Delaware (6-4) outhit UMBC (0-4) 13-7 and got on the board in the second half after both starters held the opposition scoreless in the opening frame.  After Cobo got the first two batters to ground out and pop out, respectively, Zach Lopes singled to left and Jake Clark followed with a homerun, his first of the season.  The Retriever started settled down to get the third out and then held the hosts without a run in the third.

Senior Tom Gilchrist (Olney, Md./Sherwood/Chesapeake CC) led off the fourth with a walk, but was erased as he tried to steal second.  After a fly out, sophomore Anthony Gatto (Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West) singled, but was left there after another fly out ended the threat.

The Blue Hens made the momentum count by scoring four in the bottom half and then added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth to push the lead to 8-0.

UMBC got on the board in the sixth as freshman Mark Esposito (Bethany, Conn./Amity Regional) led off with a single to left.  Though he was erased as Rob McCabe (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) ground into a fielder's choice, Gilchrist single to the opposite field to give the Retrievers two base runners.  Glassman then made the pressure count with a two-RBI base hit to right, cutting the lead to 8-2.

Delaware came right back, however, reinstating its previous lead with two runs in the bottom half. 

UMBC got solo runs in each the next two innings, but could get no closer as the Blue Hens responded with two more runs to close out the scoring in the eighth.

The Retrievers return to the field tomorrow when they head around the beltway to take on local rival Towson.  First pitch from Schuerholz Park is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

DAWG BITES

-          Delaware extends its lead in the all-time series to 38-13 with the win.  The Blue Hens have now won four straight meetings between the programs.

-          With his walk in the fourth, Gilchrist has reached base in each of UMBC's first four games. This also extends his streak to five games in a row dating back to the 2012 season finale.

-          Cobo, as well as freshmen Jared Graziano (Manalapan, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) and Cam Maxey (Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee), made their season debuts for the Retrievers.

-          The four runs for UMBC is a season-high.

-          The Retrievers matched their season-high with four walks (4 vs. NC State 3/1/13)

-          Esposito's sixth-inning single was his first career hit for the Retrievers.

-          Glassman's two singles give him his first multi-hit game after recording 17 such games last season as a freshman.