BALTIMORE – The UMBC baseball team returns home to host mid-week games versus Coppin State on Tuesday and George Washington on Wednesday at Alumni Field. First pitch for both games is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Wednesday's game against GW will be streamed live on UMBCRetrievers.tv and will feature live commentary, multiple camera angles, and replays.
Coppin State will send freshman Will Grebenstein to the hill on Tuesday. The right-hander is 1-0 this season with a 6.67 ERA. George Washington has named a starter for the Wednesday contest.
Maxey (0-0, 6.00 ERA) will be starting the first game of his career, but has already made 11 appearances out of the bullpen this spring, the third-most for the Retrievers. The freshman side-armer's longest outing this year came on Mar. 23 against Albany when he threw five innings, giving up three runs on eight hits.
On Wednesday, Stephenson (1-5, 6.35 ERA) will make his eight start of the season, and fourth-straight mid-week start. In his last three outings, the rookie righty has gone 1-1 while posting a 3.57 ERA over 17.2 innings of work. He earned his first career win on Apr. 3 when he fanned a career-high five batters and surrendered just one run on five hits as UMBC defeated UMES 3-1.
UMBC enters the week at 10-20 overall and 5-13 in America East play after taking one game from a three-game weekend set at Binghamton. The Retrievers were blanked in the opener 1-0, but freshman Denis Mikush (Burke, Va./Robinson) returned the favor in game two, twirling a four-hit, complete-game shutout as UMBC leveled the series with a 1-0 victory. Sophomore Anthony Gatto (Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West) drove in the only run of the game with an RBI-ground out in the top of the second inning. Binghamton notched the series win with a 9-0 victory in the finale.
Senior Tom Gilchrist (Olney, Md./Sherwood/Chesapeake CC) went 5-for-13 last week, and notched the game-winning hit against George Mason with a two-out RBI-single in the bottom of the ninth. Junior Rob McCabe (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) was 5-for-6 against the Patriots, becoming the first Retriever since 2007 to collect five hits in a single game. He leads the club with a .340 on-base percentage.
The Retriever pitching staff currently has a 5.18 ERA which ranks fifth in the America East. Sophomore Kevin Ladner (Succasunna, N.J./Roxbury) has a team-best 2.57 ERA in 15 appearances this season while junior Jon Cohn (Scottsdale, Ariz./Notre Dame Prep) leads the relievers with 33.2 innings of work. Freshman Mike Gomez (Nutley, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) has recorded four saves this year but has started the game in his last two outings.
Coppin State (12-25, 7-11 MEAC) dropped two of three at Norfolk State this past weekend and has now lost six of its last eight games. NSU shutout the Eagles 6-0 on Saturday afternoon before Coppin struck back with a 2-1 win in game one of Sunday's doubleheader. Shane Davies pitched seven strong innings to lead CSU to the win. Norfolk State took the series, however, with a 9-5 victory in the rubber match.
Chris Kashankagi paces Coppin's offense with a .311 batting average (41-for-132) and 27 stolen bases in 34 attempts. David Hamlett has provided pop for the lineup, knocking in a team-best 24 runs while hitting five doubles, one triple, and one home run.
George Washington (14-25, 7-8 A-10) will host UMES for a single game on Tuesday afternoon before coming to Alumni Field. The Colonials won their Atlantic-10 series this past weekend, taking two of three at Fordham. Previously, GW downed Towson 10-9 in ten innings on Apr. 17 to snap a seven-game losing streak.
Justin Albright is the only Colonial batting over .300 heading into this week's action (.301) and has popped a team-best nine doubles. Owen Beightol has slammed two of GW's eight home runs and leads the squad with 18 RBI.
- The Retrievers are 5-7 at Alumni Field this season and 2-1 against non-conference opponents at home.
- UMBC leads the all-time series with Coppin State 39-1, dropping only a 6-3 decision in May 2004. Last season the Retrievers swept the Eagles in a three-game series at Joe Cannon Stadium.
- The Retrievers are 3-1 against in-state opponents this spring (2-0 vs. Mount St. Mary's, 0-1 vs. Towson, 1-0 vs. UMES)
- Despite the Retrievers' win earlier this season, George Washington holds a 28-15 lead in the all-time series.
- UMBC defeated GW 4-1 on Mar. 27 in Arlington, Va. Sophomore Jake Barnes (Annandale, Va./Annandale) hit his first career homerun for UMBC in the win.
- Maxey will be the tenth different Retriever to make at least one start this season.