Baseball Drops Both Games of Doubleheader to Conference Rival Binghamton

 

BALTIMORE – The UMBC baseball team (10-41, 2-12 AE) lost both games of an America East doubleheader to Binghamton (21-24, 12-9 AE), Friday afternoon at the Baseball Factory Field.  The Bearcats won the first game, 4-1, in seven innings before rallying for a 13-6 win in game two.

In game one, freshman Jon Cobo (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) (0-2) threw his first career complete game, but took the loss for UMBC, giving up four runs on six hits in the seven-inning effort.

Cobo was outdueled by Binghamton Mike Augliera (5-7) who went five innings, yielding just one run on three hits to earn his fifth win of the season.  Jack Rogalla (1) came on in the sixth and pitched two scoreless innings to pick up his first save of the season.

The Bearcats jumped on Cobo early, scoring two runs on three hits in the top of the first, but then were held to just two hits over the next six innings. 

In the bottom of the third, senior Mike Lafferty (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph's)  started a rally for the Retrievers with a one-out single to center.  After moving to second on a sacrifice bunt, Lafferty cut the Bearcats lead in half, scoring on a single up the middle by classmate Curtis Schickner (East Windsor, N.J./Lawrenceville Prep).  Schickner stole second, but was stranded there by Augliera.

Binghamton responded immediately, plating two more runs in the top of the fourth on a double to left-centerfield by Zach Blanden.  

Senior Michael Pesci (Parsippany, N.J./DePaul Catholic) drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the seventh and stole second, but was stranded as UMBC tried to rally in the last frame.

In game two, Binghamton rallied for ten runs in the final two innings to comeback from a 6-2 deficit and pick up the doubleheader sweep with a 13-6 win.

After the Retrievers knocked out starter Jake Lambert, reliever Anthony Grillini (3-1) earned the win for the Bearcats pitching just over two innings of shutout baseball. 

UMBC starter Mac Gill (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) lasted seven innings, but was no decisioned when the Bearcats tied the game in the eighth.  Senior Matt Siggins (Marriotsville, Md./Chapelgate/Frederick CC) took the loss for the Retrievers after surrendering four runs on four hits in just one-third of an inning.

Binghamton started the game brightly, scoring one run in the top of the first and then adding another solo run in the third to build a 2-0 lead.

UMBC struck back in the bottom of the third however, knotting the game at two following an RBI ground out by freshman Ian Glassman (Basking Ridge, N.J./Rutgers Prep).  Classmate Vince Corbi(Medford, N.J./Shawnee) started the inning with a double down the right field line, and came home as the next batter, freshman Jake Barnes (Annandale, Va./Annandale), tripled to left.  Barnes then scored on Glassman's ground out.

The Retrievers took the lead in the very next inning as freshman Anthony Gatto (Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West) and junior Jason Allinder (Snow Hill, Md./Snow Hill/Chesapeake CC) began the inning with back-to-back singles.  After a sac bunt, Gatto scored on an RBI ground out to the right side by Corbi.

After a shutdown inning by Gill, senior Max Himmelstein (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) extended the Retrievers lead to four, 6-2, by hitting his ninth homerun of the year, a three-run shot to left-centerfield.  Glassman started the inning with a double to left and then Schickner was hit by a pitch.  Himmelstein then made the Bearcats pay by depositing his homerun over the fence to tie classmate Brian Klukowicz (Clifton, N.J./St. Peter's Prep) for the team lead in homeruns.

Binghamton chipped away initially, scoring one run in the seventh, before breaking out for six runs in the eighth and another four in the ninth to claim the sweep. 

Daniel Nevares led the Bearcats at the plate going five-for-seven in the two games, driving in five runs and scoring one as well.

UMBC and Binghamton conclude the three-game series with a single game on Saturday which is the regular season finale for both teams.  Following a ceremony to honor ten Retriever seniors, first pitch between the conference rivals is scheduled for 1 p.m.

DAWG BITES

-           Gatto's six-game hit streak was broken in the first game, but he went 2-for-5 in game two and has now hit safely in 12 of the last 14 games.

-          The Retriever pitching staff has now recorded at least one strikeout in each of the past 65 games.