UMBC Baseball Hosts Coppin State and George Washington for Mid-Week Clashes; Wednesday’s Game vs. GW to be Streamed Live on UMBCRetrievers.tv

Sophomore Vince Corbi
Sophomore Vince Corbi

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.

Freshman Cam Maxey (Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee) will make his first career start on Tuesday against the Eagles while classmate Riley Stephenson (Frederick, Md./Boonsboro) gets the ball on Wednesday. 

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. 

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-          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.