STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Senior outfielder Brian Klukowicz (Clifton, N.J./St. Peter's Prep) hit a homerun in each game, his eighth and ninth of the season, but UMBC dropped both games in a doubleheader at America East rival Stony Brook, Saturday afternoon at Joe Nathan Field. The Seawolves won in walk-off fashion in game one, winning 6-5 in the bottom of the seventh, and then pounded out 22 hits en route to claiming game two, 21-8.
Klukowicz went 3-for-5 in the two games and hit the two homeruns to take the lead in the America East. He is hitting a team-best .382 (52-for-136) to go along with 47 RBIs and 32 runs scored this season.
Senior Steve Miller (Newark, Del./Dickinson) (1-9) took the loss in game one despite throwing another complete game, his fourth of the season. The right-hander threw six innings giving up five earned runs on 11 hits against the Seawolves.
James Campbell (4-0) earned the win in relief for Stony Brook, going three innings while limiting the Retrievers to one run on three hits. Tyler Johnson started for the hosts, but lasted just four innings and surrendering four runs on five hits.
UMBC started the game brightly, tagging Johnson for all four runs in the top of the first. SeniorCurtis Schickner (East Windsor, N.J./Lawrenceville Prep) led off with a single and moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt by junior Jason Allinder (Snow Hill, Md./Snow Hill). Senior Max Himmelstein (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) then got UMBC on the board with an RBI double down the left field line bringing in Schickner. After Klukowicz was hit by a pitch, freshman Anthony Gattomade Johnson pay, driving in both of the seniors with a two-bagger to right center. Two batters later, freshman Vince Corbi (Medford, N.J./Shawnee) capped the rally with a single up the middle to plate Gatto.
Stony Brook hit back in the second, cutting the Retrievers' lead in half with two runs courtesy of an RBI double from Tanner Nivins who then scored on a double play. In the third the hosts edged closer with a single run and then took the lead, 5-4, with two runs in the fourth.
After a scoreless fifth inning, Klukowicz led off the sixth by stroking his eighth homerun of the year to right-center, knotting the score at five.
In the bottom of the seventh, Willie Carmona hit a lead-off double, moved to third on a sac bunt, and scored on a throwing error to give Stony Brook the win.
The Seawolves picked up the hitting in game two, recording an eight-run fifth and seven-run eighth on the way to winning 21-8.
Pat Cantwell, Maxx Tissenbaum and Steve Goldstein each recorded three hits while Goldstein drove in a game-high five runs for Stony Brook.
Klukowicz and Himmelstein also notched multi-hit games, combining to drive in four runs and score five more.
Freshman Kevin Ladner (Succasunna, N.J./Roxbury) took the loss after yielding seven earned runs in a four-inning effort while Brandon McNitt earned the win even though he gave up five runs on six hits in a five-inning outing.
The Retrievers and Seawolves finish up the three-game series with a single game on Sunday. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.
- Stony Brook has now won 20 straight games against UMBC dating back to the 2009 season.