Baseball Closes Road Swing with an 8-1 Loss at George Washington

Curtis Schickner went 2-for-3 against GW on Wednesday
Curtis Schickner went 2-for-3 against GW on Wednesday
ARLINGTON, Va. – UMBC senior third baseman Curtis Schickner (East Windsor, N.J./Lawrenceville Prep) went 2-for-3 with two doubles and a run scored, but the UMBC baseball concluded its five-game road swing with an 8-1 loss to George Washington, Wednesday afternoon at Barcroft Park.  

With the win, the Colonials swept the season series for the second time in three seasons after claiming a 6-4 win in Baltimore earlier this year.

The Retrievers were outhit by the Colonials, 10-8, but stranded 11 runners on base, including at least one runner in each frame.

Sophomore Mac Gill (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) (1-6) took the loss for the Retrievers in an abbreviated midweek start.  The righty gave up three runs, all unearned, on four hits in two innings of work while striking out one.

George Washington's Craig LeJeune picked up the win after going four innings, giving up just one run while scattering six hits.

UMBC started the game brightly as Schickner lined a one-out double to right-centerfield and moved to third on a single by classmate Max Himmelstein (Moorestown, N.J./Mooretown).  Right fielderBrian Klukowicz (Clifton, N.J./St. Peter's Prep) then had a productive at-bat, grounding out to short to bring in Schickner.

George Washington rallied immediately, however, taking the lead, 3-1, in the bottom half of the inning on a two-out, two-RBI single by Matt Murakami

Both pitching staffs shut down the opponent for the next three innings, yielding just five hits combined.

The hosts extended their lead in the bottom of the fifth though, scoring two runs to push the lead to four, 5-1, on a single to center by Stephen Oswald.  George Washington capped the scoring with three runs in the bottom of the eighth to provide the final score line.

UMNC now comes back home and returns to conference play with a four-game series against Albany beginning on Friday.  The Retrievers and Great Danes will play two games each on Friday and Saturday.

NOTE: The series has been moved up to Friday-Saturday due to forecasted inclement weather.

DAWG BITES

-           With eight hits against George Washington, UMBC has recorded five or more hits in 25 consecutive games this season.

-          The Retrievers hit two doubles off of Colonial pitching to extend their streak to nine straight games with at least two extra-base hits.

-          Schickner's two hits raised his season average to .333 (32-for-96) ranking him second on the team.

-          Freshman Ian Glassman (Basking Ridge, N.J./Rutgers Prep) went 0-for-4 on Wednesday, snapping his ten-game hit streak.