Baseball Earns Doubleheader Split with Walk-off Win over Albany in Game Two

Jason Allinder went 2-for-5 on Saturday
Jason Allinder went 2-for-5 on Saturday
 

BALTIMORE – Junior catcher Jason Allinder (Snow Hill, Md./Snow Hill/Chesapeake CC) hit a line drive in the bottom of the tenth that ricocheted off of first base and into right field allowing seniors Curtis Schickner (East Windsor, N.J./Lawrenceville Prep) and Michael Pesci (Parsippany, N.J./De Paul Catholic) to score the winning runs and give UMBC (8-27, 1-8 America East) a 5-4 win over Albany (10-25-1, 4-5 America East) in game two of a doubleheader Friday evening at the Baseball Factory Field.  The Great Danes took game one of the series 20-4 earlier in the day.

With one out in the tenth, Schickner lined a single through the left side, his fourth hit of the day, to start the Retrievers' rally.  After he advanced to second on a wild pitch, senior Max Himmelstein (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) was intentionally walked to give UMBC runners on first and second with just one out.  Himmelstein was then replaced with Pesci, and the two seniors, following a strikeout, moved into scoring position on a double steal.  Finally with a one ball, two strike count, Allinder hit the ball the other way, off of first base and into the outfield to give UMBC the win.

With the win, the Retrievers snap a 14-game losing streak that dated back to Mar. 28 against George Washington.

Schickner led the Retrievers at the plate on the day, going 4-for-7 against Albany with four RBIs and also scoring one run.

The visitors struck first in game two, plating one run in the top of the third against senior Matt Siggins (Marriottsville, Md./Chapelgate/Frederick CC), who was making his first career start for UMBC.  The veteran limited the damage throughout his 7.2 innings of work giving up only three runs while scattering seven hits, earning a no decision.

The Retrievers battled right back however, tying the game in the bottom half of the inning on a sacrifice fly by Schickner which brought in sophomore Rob McCabe (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) from third.

Both teams scored a run each again in the fifth, and Albany once again took the lead with a run in the sixth to make the score 3-2.  One inning later, freshman Vince Corbi (Medford, N.J./Shawnee) raced home on a wild pitch to tie the score at three.

In the top of the eighth, Siggins got into trouble, leaving the game with two outs and two runners on base.  Senior Josh Dick (Winchester, Va./James Wood) entered the game and promptly  struck out Joey Tracy to end the inning.

Neither team could plate a run in the ninth, sending the game to extra innings, the second such game for the Retrievers this season.

In the extra frame, Albany scored one run on a single to right by Mike Tirri, and could have added more but Greg Muller's double down the line got caught under the fence, keeping pinch runnerAdam Mund at third.  Dick then forced Tracy to ground out to end the threat.

With the comeback in the bottom half of the inning, Dick earned the win to improve his record to 3-0 on the season after throwing 2.1 innings on Friday.

In game one of the doubleheader, Albany scored in each of the first four innings to stake to a 11-2 lead and never looked back, taking advantage of five UMBC errors to win 20-4.

Senior Brian Klukowicz (Clifton, N.J./St. Peter's Prep) picked up his fourth homerun of the year with a solo shot to straight-away center.

After entering the game in the second inning, Muller went 3-for-3 and scored three runs while Tracy picked up one hit but drove in two and scored three to pace the Great Danes.

GAME NOTES

-           The extra inning win in game two is UMBC's first this season and first since defeating Hartford, 14-7 in ten innings, on Apr. 10, 2010.

-          The Retrievers are now 1-1 in extra innings games this season.  They lost to Army, 5-3, in ten innings back on Mar. 2.

-          The win is the Retrievers first America East win in the month of April since taking the finale of that series with Hartford on Apr. 11, 2010.

-          With two hits in each game, Schickner extended his team-leading hit streak to eight games.

-          UMBC is now 2-7 against teams from the state of New York this season.

-          The Retrievers picked up six hits in game one and seven hits in game two to extend their streak to 27 consecutive games with at least five hits.

-          Retriever pitchers struck out three batters in the opener and six in the night cap to extend their streak to 49 games with at least one K.