Baseball Faces Delaware State on the Road, UMES at Home in Mid-Week Action

BALTIMORE – The UMBC baseball team returns to the Mid-Atlantic region for a pair of mid-week games, first traveling to Delaware State for a Tuesday afternoon contest in Dover before hosting UMES on Wednesday at Alumni Field.  Tuesday's road game is scheduled for a 3:00 p.m. first pitch while Wednesday's home contest is set for a 6:00 p.m. start.

UMBC (5-14) dropped all three games of a rain-shifted weekend series at East Carolina.  After losing both games of Friday's doubleheader, the Retrievers rallied to level the score at 1-1 in the sixth inning as senior Rob McCabe (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) scored on a wild pitch.  The Pirates responded with a single run in the eighth, however, to win the Sunday finale, 2-1.

Junior Jake Barnes (Annandale, Va./Annandale) and freshman Hunter Dolshun (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley) led UMBC at the plate last week, hitting .500 (7-for-14) and .429 (6-for-14), respectively.  Barnes went 3-for-4 against Navy last Thursday, driving in three runs.  Dolshun also collected three hits against the Mids, as well as two RBI, before picking up a hit in each game at ECU to extend his team-best hit streak to eight games.  In addition, the rookie has reached base in 13 straight games.

The weekend series between Delaware State (11-8) and UMES (4-14) in Princess Anne, Md. has been shifted to a Monday doubleheader between the MEAC rivals.

The Hornets dropped two of three games to Coppin State last weekend at home before their mid-week game against LaSalle was postponed.  Prior to that, Delaware State lost at Navy, 12-1, on March 20.

Heading into the week, David Kimbrough leads the nation with a .519 batting average (27-for-52).  The junior infielder is also a perfect 6-for-6 on the base paths and has scored 18 runs this season.  Delaware State is averaging over 7.6 runs per game, powered by Ron Farley and Mike Alexander who have both driven in 15 runs.

The Hawks also lost two of three games to a conference opponent a week ago, winning the first on the road at Norfolk State before losing the next two.  UMES played in North Carolina the week before, losing to Duke, 15-7, and UNC Greensboro, 15-6.

Justin Dattilo leads the UMES attack with a .346 average (18-for-52) while Mike Escanilla (.333) and Byron Campbell (.333) are also hitting over .300. 

UMBC leads the all-time series with Delaware State, 15-9, but the teams have not met since 2002 due to inclement weather which washed out last year's contest.  The Hornets won that game, 16-6, to earn their second straight win in the series.  Prior to those two games, the Retrievers won four straight games against DSU from 1995-1999.

The Retrievers swept the home-and-home series with UMES last season to improve to 10-0 all-time against the Hawks.  UMBC won, 3-1, in Princess Anne, Md. behind six strong innings from Riley Stephenson (Frederick, Md./Boonsboro).  In the return game, the Retrievers scored five times in the fourth inning and five players recorded two hits each, en route to an 8-5 win.

DAWG BITES

-          No Retriever has faced Delaware State in a regular season game.

-          Kevin Lachance hit .444 (4-for-9) in two games against UMES last season.

-          UMBC pitchers record nine strikeouts against UMES in 2013.