UMBC Finishes Road Swing with Short Trip to George Washington on Wednesday

Brian Klukowicz was named to the All-Region Second Team
Brian Klukowicz was named to the All-Region Second Team

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BALTIMORE – UMBC concludes its five-game road swing with a short trip down I-95 to take on George Washington Wednesday afternoon at Barcroft Field in Arlington, Va.  The Retrievers are currently on a 13-game losing streak after getting swept by Binghamton over the weekend.  Meanwhile, the Colonials have lost five of their last seven games after losing two of three this past weekend at Richmond.

George Washington started the Retrievers' current losing streak with that 6-4 win back on Mar. 28 at the Baseball Factory Field in Baltimore. 

Sophomore Mac Gill (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) (1-4, 5.40) will get the ball for the Retrievers in the return game.   The right-hander was charged with the loss the last time these two squads met after giving up three runs in two innings of relief work.

The visitors jumped out to a 3-0 lead with three runs in the third before UMBC rallied.  The Retrievers got one run back in the bottom of the fifth to cut the lead to two, 3-1, when junior Tom Gilchrist (Olney, Md./Sherwood/Chesapeake CC) scored on a single by freshman Vince Corbi (Medford, N.J./Shawnee).

Two innings later UMBC scored three runs, all with two outs, to take the lead, 4-3.  Gilchrist started the inning with a leadoff single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Corbi.  After a strikeout, senior Curtis Schickner (East Windsor, N.J./Lawrenceville Prep) brought Gilchrist around to score with a double down the right field line.  Senior Max Himmelstein then stepped up and knotted the game at three with an opposite field triple.  Classmate Brian Klukowicz (Clifton, N.J./St. Peter's Prep) drew an intentional walk and junior Jason Allinder made the Colonials pay with a single through the right side to bring in Himmelstein and give UMBC the lead.

George Washington answered right back, however, scoring two runs off of Gill to retake the lead, 5-4.  The Colonials added one more in the ninth to build a two-run cushion, 6-4.

In the last of the ninth, Himmelstein led off with a walk, but GW reliever Kenny O'Brien sent the next three Retrievers down in order to end the game. 

Over the weekend, the Retrievers dropped all three games to Binghamton at NSYEG Stadium, home of the AA Binghamton Mets.

In the opener, UMBC rallied for six runs in the top of the seventh and had the tying run on base, but could not tie the score, falling 8-6.  In game two the Retrievers scored eight runs on nine hits, but could not stop the Bearcats' offense, losing 14-8.

Sunday's finale turned into a pitcher dual as sophomore Shane Vlasic (Ashburn, Va./Broad Run) threw UMBC's second complete game of the year, but took the loss as Binghamton Jake Lambert went 8.1 innings giving up only one run on six hits.  Freshman Ian Glassman (Basking Ridge, N.J./Rutgers Prep) went 2-for-4 on Sunday to extend his career-long hit streak to 10 games.

For the year, the senior trio of Himmelstein, Klukowicz and Schickner has led the Retrievers at the plate.  Himmelstein leads the America East with seven homeruns, a total that matches UMBC's team total from 2011.  He also leads UMBC with 27 runs scored and 23 RBIs.  Klukowicz has a team-best .388 average (31-for-80) while Schickner is third, batting .323 (30-for-93).

DAWG BITES

-          George Washington has won six of the last eight meetings between the two squads and leads the all-time series 27-14. 

-          Last season, the Retrievers and Colonials split two regular season meetings with each school winning on its home field.

-          Wednesday's game is the Retrievers final road game of April.  They have played 18 of their last 23 games on the road.

-          UMBC is 0-3 in the state of Virginia this season after being swept by Longwood on Mar. 31-Apr. 1

-          Through 32 games the Retrievers have hit 14 homeruns, double the amount that the team hit during the 2011 squad hit in 47 games.  Five different players have left the yard for the Retrievers this season (Himmelstein 7; Klukowicz 3; Gilchrist 2; Gatto 1; Glassman 1).

-          Schickner is hitting .417 (10-for-24) with runners in scoring position this season.