BALTIMORE – The UMBC baseball team opens its 2013 America East Conference schedule this weekend with a three-game series against Binghamton. The Retrievers and Bearcats will square off in a singe, nine-inning game on Saturday at Alumni Field, beginning at 3:30 p.m. The two squads will then return on Sunday for a doubleheader slated to start at 12:00 p.m.
Junior Mac Gill (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) will once again get the ball to start the series for the Retrievers. In his last outing, Gill went seven innings, giving up just two runs on seven hits against Mount St. Mary's to level his record at 1-1 this year. Binghamton will send veteran righty Jake Lambert (2-0, 5.40 ERA) out to oppose Gill. Last time out, Lambert yielded four runs on eight hits over 5.2 innings of work, but earned the win against North Carolina A&T.
Game two Saturday night will feature match-up of right-handers as junior Bobby Applegate (Somerdale, N.J./Sterling/Gloucester County College) goes for the Retrievers and Jack Rogalla takes the hill for the Bearcats. Applegate (1-1, 3.75 ERA) earned his first UMBC win last Sunday with a seven-inning effort against Mount St. Mary's, surrendering just two runs while scattering eight hits. Rogalla, meanwhile, sits at 2-0 this season with a 2.81 ERA after shutting out N.C. A&T over six innings last Sunday.
In the series finale, the visitors will give the ball to Jay Lynch while UMBC has not determined a starter. Lynch last threw in a 9-6 win over the Aggies on Mar. 9, working five innings to earn the win.
UMBC and Binghamton met six times last year with the Bearcats taking each decision to improve their record in the all-time series to 34-6 overall and 34-3 in America East play. Binghamton has won 21 straight games against UMBC dating back to April 12, 2008 when the Retrievers won 9-4 in seven innings.
The Retrievers enter the weekend at 2-5 after dropping a mid-week decision at Georgetown on Wednesday. After falling behind 5-0 in the first two innings, UMBC rallied for four runs in the top of the sixth to cut the lead to just one, 5-4. The Hoyas held the Retrievers at bay, however, with single runs in the sixth and eighth innings. Junior Rob McCabe (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) and sophomore Vince Corbi (Medford, N.J./Shawnee) each recorded their third consecutive multi-hit game after recording two each against Mount St. Mary's last weekend. McCabe is 7-for-9 in the last three contests while Corbi is 6-for-12 with four RBI.
Sophomore Jake Thomas leads the Binghamton (8-4) offense with a .410 average (16-for-39) through 12 games. The outfielder/catcher has also drawn a team-best 12 walks and scored 15 runs. Senior Jordon Smucker brings power to the Bearcat lineup, hitting three of the team's four homeruns this year. In addition, the infielder has driven in a team-high 19 runs and struck out just twice in 51 plate appearances.
- UMBC is 46-160 (.223) all-time in America East play.
- The Retrievers went 2-22 last year against conference foes.
- This weekend's series is the earliest in the calendar that UMBC and Binghamton have played since the first series between the schools (Mar. 9-10, 2002).
- UMBC and Binghamton started conference play against each other in 2011 in Baltimore.
- The Retrievers have lost each of their last two conference openers, last starting the conference season with a win in 2010 (6-4 at Hartford).
- This is the third straight season that UMBC is opening America East play at home.
- UMBC is 2-7 in conference openers since joining the America East for the 2004 season. The Retrievers are also 2-7 in conference home openers since 2004.
- Senior Jason Allinder (Snow Hill, Md./Snow Hill/Chesapeake CC) hit .381 (8-for-21) in five games against Binghamton last year.
- Gill started two games last year versus the Bearcats, taking the loss on Apr. 14 and taking a no-decision on May 18 after throwing seven innings.