UMBC Baseball Opens Five-Game Home Stand on Tuesday versus Delaware

Freshman Riley Stepehenson
Freshman Riley Stepehenson

BALTIMORE – After completing a season-long eight-game road stretch on Sunday at Hartford, the UMBC baseball team returns to campus to start a five-game home stand on Tuesday with a non-conference match-up with Delaware.  First pitch at Alumni Field between the Retrievers and Blue Hens is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. The game will be streamed live on UMBCRetrievers.tv and will be complete with live commentary, multiple camera angles, and replays.

Freshman right-hander Riley Stephenson (Frederick, Md./Boonsboro) will get the ball for the Retrievers coming off of his best start of the season last week.  Making his first mid-week start, Stephenson (1-4) threw a career-high six innings against UMES and struck out a career-best five batters to earn his first win.  Delaware will send righty Dan Gatto to the hill for the mid-week fixture.  Gatto is 1-1 this season with a 4.39 ERA but earned a no-decision in his last start throwing 5.2 innings and giving up just one earned run on ten hits against Temple.

The two teams met earlier this season on Mar. 5 in Newark, Del. with the Blue Hens taking a 12-4 victory.  The hosts opened the scoring with two runs in the second inning and added four in the fourth and two more in the fifth before the Retrievers could respond with two of their own in the top of the sixth.  UMBC sophomore Ian Glassman (Basking Ridge, N.J./Rutgers Prep) went 2-for-2 at the plate, driving in two runs in addition to scoring one.  Jimmy Yezzo hit two homeruns for Delaware and Jake Clark added a long ball in the win.

UMBC (8-14) returns to Alumni Field for its first home game since Mar. 24 against Albany.  The Retrievers are 4-3 in their home ball park this season, earning a non-conference win versus Mount St. Mary's to go along with two wins against Binghamton and one against the Great Danes.

Freshman Kevin Lachance (Clifton, Va./Centreville) is currently riding a nine-game hit streak and leads the Retrievers at the plate for the year with a .316 average (25-for-79).  During this stretch, the rookie shortstop is hitting .405 (15-for-37) with one double, one triple, and three RBI.  Lachance also leads the club with seven steals in ten attempts.

Junior captain Rob McCabe (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) paces UMBC with 11 runs scored while sophomore Jake Barnes (Annandale, Va./Annandale) has knocked in a team-best nine runs and has two game-winning hits this season.

Delaware (22-8, 9-3 CAA) swept conference foe George Mason in a three-game home set this past weekend and has now won 12 straight games.  The Blue Hens last lost on Mar. 17 in the series finale with William & Mary, 4-2.

Yezzo leads the Delaware attack which is hitting .335 as a team and includes seven everyday players hitting at least .300.  Yezzo heads the club with a .444 batting average (55-for-124) which ranks in the top-five in the country.  The junior infielder has also hit seven long balls this season and leads the CAA with 42 runs batted in.

The Blue Hens rank fifth in the CAA with a 4.23 ERA this season.  Stephen Richter has made 11 appearances out of the pen, earning two saves and compiling a perfect 4-0 record.

DAWG BITES

-          Delaware leads the all-time series 38-13 and has won four straight meetings.

-          UMBC last defeated Delaware on Mar. 4, 2008 on the road, 12-11.  The last home win was on May 3, 2006, 7-6 in ten innings.

-          The Retrievers are 0-2 against CAA opposition this season (0-1 vs. Delaware; 0-1 vs. Towson).

-          UMBC is 2-1 in one-run games and 4-2 in two-run games, but 0-7 in games decided by five or more.

-          UMBC is 18-of-31 on the base paths this season while Delaware is 13-of-28.