Baltimore, Md.—A pair of former UMBC baseball players signed professional contracts this past week, as Anthony Gatto (Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West) and Conrad Wozniak (Cypress, Texas/Cypress Woods/Frank Phillip) signed with the Long Island Ducks (Atlantic League) and the Gary (Ind.) Railcats (American Association) respectively.
Gatto has played in one game thus far with the Ducks, going 1-3 with a single, run scored and RBI in a 5-2 win against the Sugar Land Skeeters on Sunday, July 3. During his time with the Retrievers, Gatto played both first base and outfield and sits in second place all-time in career stolen bases. He was a two-time America East All-Conference First Team selection and All-Rookie selection during his tenure.
Wozniak signed with the Railcats after having a stellar two-year career with the Retrievers, which saw him set the single-season school record for ERA at 1.48 in 2015. He earned America East Pitcher of the Year honors as a junior, while being named to the America East All-Conference First Team twice.
The duo joins fellow teammate Kevin Lachance (Clifton, Va./Centreville) who was drafted by and signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 10th round of the draft in June. There have been four Retrievers in the past three years to sign pro contracts, as Brandon Coluccio signed with the Aberdeen Ironbirds in 2014.
"We are proud of both Anthony and Conrad on signing their contracts. They worked hard during their time at UMBC, and all their hard work is paying off," head coach Bob Mumma said. "Anytime you have a chance to sign a pro contract, it's a great feeling. And to have four players sign contracts in the past three years really shows the growth of the UMBC baseball program."