Retriever Bats Awaken in Home Finale for 8-5 Win over Georgetown on “Thank Jank” Night
BALTIMORE – Junior Jake Barnes (Annandale, Va./Annandale) collected his 100th and 101st career hits as the Retriever offense banged out nine hits and took advantage of eight walks and two Georgetown errors en route to an 8-5 win, Tuesday night at Alumni Field in UMBC's home season finale.
Prior to the game, UMBC honored long-time head coach John Jancuska who coached the Retrievers from 1978-2011 and earned 682 victories.
Barnes went 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored to lead the UMBC (16-27) offense while classmate Shane Vlasic (Ashburn, Va./Broad Run) tossed six effective innings for his fourth win (4-1) of the season. The right-hander struck out five while surrendering just two unearned runs.
Georgetown (19-29) starter Chris Giordano (1-3) lasted just 2.2 innings after giving up three runs on four hits. The southpaw walked three while striking out two.
Barnes' two hits give him his team-leading 14th multi-hit game of the season while also making him the third active Retriever with 100+ hits. Freshman Hunter Dolshun (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley) also picked up a multi-hit night by going 2-for-3, scoring once, and knocking in a run as well.
Seven different Retrievers registered at least one hit with the No. 4 and 5 hitters leading the way.
Vlasic took care of business in the top of the first, sending the Hoyas down in order, and was immediately rewarded. Sophomore Kevin Lachance (Clifton, Va./Centreville) started the home half by beating out a Baltimore chop and moved to second as freshman Andrew Casali (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) drew a walk. Both runners moved up on a balk and then junior Vince Corbi (Medford, N.J./Shawnee) was issued a free pass to load the bases. Following a fly out, Barnes was hit by a pitch to bring the first UMBC run across.
Senior Rob McCabe (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Joseph's) increased the home lead by sending a bouncing ball past the Hoya pitcher, but knocked down by the shortstop, to score Casali. The ball was then deflected into shallow center to allow Corbi to score all the way from second and push the advantage to 3-0.
The slender Retriever righty held the visitors off the board until the fifth when Nick Collins plated Evan Ryan with an RBI ground out and then Steve Anderson followed with a double down the right field line, bringing in Beau Hall to score. That was all Vlasic would allow as he worked a 1-2-3 sixth to complete his night.
UMBC got the runs back right away in the bottom half, though, as Dolshun walked with one out and Barnes ripped a single through the left side. McCabe then drew a walk to load the bases again for senior D.J. Smith (Millersville, Md./Old Mill). Smith laid down a perfect squeeze bunt with Dolshun coming home, and Georgetown reliever Nick Leonard threw the ball into right field to clear the bases, bringing around both Barnes and McCabe, and sending Smith to third. Senior Brandon Coluccio (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Township/Brookdale CC) capped the inning by lifting a fly ball to deep left to score Smith from third.
The next inning, UMBC added to its lead as Dolshun brought around Corbi with a single up the middle for an 8-2 home lead.
Georgetown pegged back for an unearned run in the seventh against sophomore Denis Mikush (Burke, Va./Robinson), and then scored two in the ninth off of senior Stephen Chrzanowski (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora/Hagerstown CC), but could not come all the way back.
UMBC now closes out the season for the second straight year with a three-game series at Maine.
- UMBC has won three straight meetings with Georgetown and now leads the all-time series, 30-16.
- The Retrievers beat the Hoyas in the team's home finale in 2013 as well.
- Barnes moved to first base in the top of the seventh and has now played six different positions in his career for the Retrievers.
- McCabe (141) and Corbi (108) are the other two active Retrievers with 100+ career hits.
- Smith's triple in the seventh was the first of his career.