Four-Run Seventh Sends UMBC Past Georgetown in Home Finale

Freshman Cam Maxey
Freshman Cam Maxey

BALTIMORE – Despite tallying only two hits in the first six innings, the UMBC baseball team scored four runs in the seventh inning to rally past Georgetown for a 6-5 win, Tuesday evening in the Retrievers' home finale at Alumni Field.

Junior Rob McCabe (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) went 2-for-2 for UMBC (17-28), who closes the 2013 season with an 11-12 mark at home.  McCabe reached base in all five of his plate appearances, earning a walk in the fourth and getting hit by a pitch in the third and seventh innings.

Georgetown (25-25) has now lost seven straight games and ends the season this weekend with a three-game series against Villanova.

Freshman Cam Maxey (Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee) came out of the pen to start the fifth inning and tossed three scoreless innings to earn the win and level his record at 1-1 on the year.  Sophomore Kevin Ladner (Succasunna, N.J./Roxbury) worked the eighth and ninth to pick up his first career save.

The Hoyas came out swinging against Retriever starter Riley Stephenson (Frederick, Md./Boonsboro), but managed just one run as the freshman right-hander stranded the bases loaded in the first.  GU went on to leave 14 runners on base in the game.

UMBC answered right back with McCabe sending a single down the left field line and advancing to third as the throw back into the infield sailed out of play.  Sophomore Jake Barnes (Annandale, Va./Annadale) proved the error costly by punching a fly ball to center to bring McCabe home on the sac fly.

In the second, Georgetown retook the lead with another single run, but once again Stephenson limited the damage by leaving runners on first and third.

The Retrievers could not respond in the bottom half, and neither team could push a run across in the third. 

In the fourth, the Hoyas extended their lead to 3-1 as Nick Collins singled through the right side to bring in Curtiss Pomeroy who had doubled to lead off the inning.  Then on a wild pitch and wild peg to third, Eric Webber came home to push the lead to 4-1.

The hosts got one back in their half of the inning as freshman Manny Colon (Williamstown, N.J./Buena Regional) drew a one-out walk, advanced to second as sophomore D.J. Smith (Millersville, Md./Old Mill) was hit with a pitch, and scored as GU third baseman Corbin Blakey threw errantly to first trying to peg freshman Mark Esposito (Bethany, Conn./Amity Regional).

Maxey entered in the fifth and put himself into trouble with two walks and a hit batter, but got Webber to ground out to short to end the threat.  The side-armer allowed just one hit in the next two frames, giving his offense a chance to come back.

The Retrievers did just that in the seventh with Esposito, McCabe, and Barnes all reaching to open the inning.  Freshman Kevin Lachance (Clifton, Va./Centreville) then yanked a single through the left side to plate Esposito and McCabe to knot the score at 4-4.  Though Barnes was cut down trying to advance to third, sophomore Anthony Gatto (Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West) continued the inning by doubling to deep right field.  Senior Jason Allinder (Snow Hill, Md./Snow Hill/Chesapeake CC) followed by giving UMBC the lead by rolling a soft grounder to first, allowing Lachance to score and Gatto to reach third.  Colon capped the inning with a single off the first baseman's glove to provide the eventual game-winner with Gatto scoring on the play.

Georgetown got one back in the top of the eighth against Ladner, but again two left runners on base. 

In the ninth, Blakey led off with a single and advanced to second on a sac bunt, but was left there as Ladner induced to two pop outs to end the game.

UMBC now finishes its 2013 regular season with a three-game series at Maine, beginning on Friday.

DAWG BITES

-          UMBC last ended its home schedule with a win in 2005 (13-6 vs. Hartford).

-          The win snaps Georgetown's streak of five straight wins in the series and extends UMBC's all-time series lead to 28-16.

-          UMBC had last defeated the Hoyas with a 4-3 win on May 4, 2011 at Alumni Field.

-          The Retrievers' 11 wins at home are more than their total wins in each of the last four seasons (9 in 2009, 9 in 2010, 10 in 2011, 10 in 2012).

-          UMBC split its two season series with opponents from Washington, D.C. (Georgetown and George Washington) this season.

-          Ladner becomes the third Retriever with a save this season.  UMBC last had three pitchers earn at least one save in a season in 2010.

-          UMBC pitchers have more saves this season (6) than the last two years combined (3).

-          McCabe is now tied with Lachance for the team-lead with 14 multi-hit games in 2013.