Baseball Concludes Non-Conference Weekend Play with Home-and-Home Series vs. Mount St. Mary’s

Senior Tom Gilchrist
Senior Tom Gilchrist

BALTIMORE – Though it's only the second weekend of March, UMBC (0-4) wraps up its non-conference weekend schedule with a pair of games against in-state rival Mount St. Mary's (3-7).  The Retrievers and Mountaineers will first face-off in Emmitsburg, Md. on Saturday and then meet again at Alumni Field on Sunday for UMBC's home-opener. Both games are set for a 1:00 p.m. first pitch.

UMBC will send junior Mac Gill (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) to the hill in the series opener on Saturday.  In his first outing of the year, the season-opener against N.C. State in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Gill tossed 5.1 innings, giving up just two earned runs on four hits.  He took a no-decision, however, when the Wolfpack tied the score in the sixth.  The Mount's Scott Nickerson will oppose the Retriever righty.  Nickerson will be making his first start of the season, though he has come out of the bullpen on four occasions, earning an 0-1 record with a 2.35 ERA.

On Sunday in the return fixture, junior transfer Bobby Applegate (Somerdale, N.J./Sterling/Gloucester County College) gets the ball for UMBC in his second start of the season and will face right-hander Connor Graber.  Applegate pitched five innings against West Virginia last weekend, taking the loss after yielding three earned runs on five hits.  Graber, meanwhile, has made two starts this season, but has not recorded a decision, while registering an 8.64 ERA.

UMBC has taken the field against Mount St. Mary's more than any other opponent in program history. The Retrievers and Mountaineers have played 84 times since 1970 with UMBC leading the all-time series 62-21-1.  Last season, UMBC swept the two meetings between the squads, winning 7-3 on Mar. 27 in Emmitsburg, before taking a 15-10 decision in a slugfest in Baltimore on Apr. 25.

The Retrievers fell to 0-4 on the season earlier this week with loss at Delaware on Tuesday afternoon. Sophomore Ian Glassman (Basking Ridge, N.J./Rutgers Prep) went 2-for-2 for the Black and Gold, driving in two runs and scoring a run as well. 

Glassman, along with senior Tom Gilchrist (Olney, Md./Sherwood Chesapeake CC), has paced the Retriever offense this season.  Both outfielders are hitting .333 (4-for-12) through the first four games. Sophomore first baseman Anthony Gatto (Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West) has also notched four hits this season, including UMBC's only homerun.

On the hill, junior Stephen Chrzanowski (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora/Hagerstown CC) and freshman Mike Gomez (Nutley, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) have each made two scoreless outings this season from the pen. Chrzanowski blanked West Virginia and Indiana each for an inning, while Gomez threw three scoreless against the Hoosiers and added another inning against Delaware.

Mount enters the weekend on a three-game losing streak, returning home after a week-long trip to Port Charlotte, Fla.  The Mountaineers went 1-6 in the Sunshine State after taking two of three from Iona in their season-opening series in Emmitsburg.

Four Mountaineers are hitting over .300 for the season, led by Andrew Clow who is batting a team-best .364 (12-for-33) in nine games played.  Tom Healy is not far behind with a .361 batting average (13-for-36) to go along with five doubles, one triple, and one homerun.  Sam Nott has provided the power for the Mount, blasting five homeruns this season while knocking in a team-best 16 RBI.

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-          Sunday's game is UMBC's home-opener for the 2013 season.  Last year, the Retrievers went 4-18 at Alumni Field.

-          UMBC has won three straight games vs. Mount St. Mary's.  The Mountaineers last defeated the Retrievers on Mar. 29, 2011 in Emmitsburg, 8-6.

-          Due to the postponement of UMBC's game versus Towson on Wednesday, Saturday's contest is the Retrievers first game this season against a team from Maryland.  They will play a total of eight games versus in-state foes over the course of the season (2 vs. Coppin State; 2 vs. Mount St. Mary's; 2- vs. UMES; 2 vs. Towson)

-          The Retrievers have used 11 pitchers this season, seven of which are newcomers.