Mikush Tosses Shutout to Level Series, but Binghamton Wins Set with Finale Victory

Freshman Denis Mikush
Freshman Denis Mikush

VESTAL, N.Y. – Freshman right-hander Denis Mikush (Burke, Va./Robinson) tossed a four-hit, complete-game shutout as the UMBC baseball team leveled the three-game America East series with Binghamton with a 1-0 victory, Sunday afternoon at the Bearcats Sports Complex.  The Bearcats rallied however, and took the weekend set with a 9-0 win in the finale.

Mikush (1-2) earned his first career win as UMBC (10-20, 5-13 AE) and Binghamton (19-14, 9-8 AE) played their second consecutive 1-0 game after the Bearcats came out on top in the series opener on Saturday.  The rookie righty was in control throughout, striking out three and only allowing two runners on base at the same time in the seventh inning.

Jack Rogalla (3-3) was a tough-luck loser for the hosts, yielding a single run on three hits while recording seven strikeouts.

Sophomore Anthony Gatto (Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West) knocked in the only run of the game on a ground-out to second, plating senior Jason Allinder (Snow Hill, Md./Snow Hill/Chesapeake CC) in the top of the second.  Allinder had led off the inning with a four-pitch walk and immediately moved to third as classmate Tom Gilchrist (Olney, Md./Sherwood/Chesapeake CC) followed with a double to center.

That was all that Mikush needed to earn his first win as he limited rallies, stranding Bearcats on base in five innings and sending BU down in order twice.

The Retrievers looked to give him an insurance run in the sixth as freshman Kevin Lachance (Clifton, Va./Centreville) poked a double down the right field line to start the inning.  Two batters later, sophomore Ian Glassman (Basking Ridge, N.J./Rutgers Prep) reached on an infield single to put runners on first and second, but a 6-4-3 double play ended the threat.

The Bearcats made their most concerted effort in the last of the seventh, gaining two base-runners with two away.  Following a single, Mikush finished the game by getting a foul out down the right field line.

In game two, Binghamton scored a run in the bottom of the second, added two more in the third, and finished the scoring with sixth in the eighth for a 9-0 victory.  Starter Jay Lynch (4-3) did the rest, giving up just a third-inning single to junior Rob McCabe (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep), while throwing eight scoreless innings.

Freshman Mike Gomez (Nutley, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) took the loss despite surrendering just two earned runs on three hits in five innings of work.  Gomez (1-3) struck out one and walked two. 

Shaun McGraw led off the bottom of the second with a solo homerun, his second of the year, to give Lynch the lead he needed.

UMBC now returns home to host Coppin State and George Washington in mid-week games at Alumni Field.  First pitch for both games is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.

DAWG BITES

-          The two teams split the season series 3-3 with each club taking two of three on its home field.

-          Binghamton leads the all-time series 37-9 and holds a 37-6 lead in America East contests.

-          UMBC's win in game one snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Bearcats in Vestal.

-          The Retrievers and Bearcats combined to score just 11 total runs in the three-game set.

-          Mikush's seven-inning effort marks his first career complete game and his longest career outing.

-          UMBC played error-free baseball in game one, the eighth time the Retrievers have done so this spring.

-          UMBC returns to New York next weekend to play Albany for a three-game set in the state capital.