Baseball Set to Take on Georgetown in Mid-Week Clash on Wednesday

Senior Tom Gilchrist
Senior Tom Gilchrist

BALTIMORE – After a weekend home-and-home sweep of in-state rival Mount St. Mary's, the UMBC baseball team hits the road again to take on Georgetown, Wednesday afternoon at Shirley Povich Field.  First pitch from Bethesda, Md. is set for 3:00 p.m.

UMBC (2-4) will send junior Stephen Chrzanowski (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora/Hagerstown CC) to the mound to make his first start as a Retriever.  The right-hander has made two appearances already for UMBC out of the pen, throwing scoreless innings against West Virginia and Indiana.  He will be opposed by freshman righty Matt Smith who will also be making his first start of the season.

The Retrievers enter the mid-week contest on the heels of a two-game sweep against Mount St. Mary's over the weekend.  On Saturday, junior Mac Gill (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) went seven innings for the Black and Gold, surrendering just one run while scattering seven hits to pick up his first win of the season.  Transfer Bobby Applegate (Somerdale, N.J./Sterling/Bloucester Count College) nearly replicated Gill's effort in the return fixture in Baltimore, also throwing seven innings and giving up just two runs.  Freshman Mike Gomez (Nutley, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) picked up the save in both games.

Junior Rob McCabe (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) paced the Retrievers at the plate, going 5-for-6 against the Mountaineers, hitting his first double of the year and scoring three runs. Sophomore Vince Corbi (Medford, N.J./Shawnee) also had a productive weekend, recording two hits in each of the two games, driving in two runs as well on Sunday.

Georgetown (8-6) returns to the Mid-Atlantic region after an eight-day trip to Port Charlotte, Fla., during which the Hoyas went 5-4.  GU concluded the nine-game swing in the Sunshine State by eking out a 4-3 win over Central Michigan in 15 innings on Sunday, Mar. 10.  Outfielder Justin Leeson who singled in the winning run against the Chippewas, while right-hander Neal Dennison pitched two scoreless innings out of the pen to earn the win.

Leeson has started all 14 games and leads the Hoyas at the plate with a .407 batting average (22-for-54).  The senior has hit six doubles this season and has also driven in 11 runs so far, the second-most for Georgetown.  Classmate Danny Poplawski has been consistent at the plate as well, hitting .321 (18-for-56) with a team-best eight two-baggers in 2013.

Out of the pen, Dennison is one of five Hoyas to hold an ERA under 3.00 in four or more appearance so far this season.  Senior closer Charles Steinman is 0-2 this season in six appearances but has three saves to go along with a 2.25 ERA.

UMBC holds a 27-15 advantage in the all-time series, but Georgetown has won the eight of the last nine meetings between the programs, including all four match-ups last year.  The Retrievers won the first game between the schools, 7-2, back in 1970.

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-          The Retrievers will open the 30-game America East schedule on Saturday afternoon when Binghamton (8-4) comes to Alumni Field for a three-game series.

-          This is the first game of the year for UMBC against an opponent from Washington, D.C.  The Retrievers will play total of four games against teams from the Nation's Capital (2 vs. Georgetown; 2 vs. George Washington).

-          UMBC pitchers have recorded at least two strikeouts in each of the team's six games this season.  The staff's season-high is six K's vs. Indiana on Mar. 3.

-          Senior Tom Gilchrist (Olney, Md./Sherwood/Chespeake CC) went 5-for-12 against Georgetown last year with two homeruns.