BETHESDA, Md. – The UMBC baseball team rallied for four runs in the top of the sixth inning, but it was not enough to overcome five early Georgetown runs as the Hoyas defeated the Retrievers, 7-4, Wednesday afternoon at Shirley Povich Field.
Junior Rob McCabe (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) and sophomore Vince Corbi (Medford, N.J./Shawnee) each recorded their third-straight multi-hit game for UMBC (2-5) while freshman Kevin Lachance (Clifton, Va./Centreville) earned the first of his career with a 2-for-5 day at the plate.
Making his first career start, Matt Smith (1-1) lasted seven innings and surrendered three earned runs on six hits to earn the win for the Hoyas (9-6). Following UMBC's rally, Charlie Steinman entered in the ninth for GU and threw a scoreless inning for his fourth save of year.
Junior Stephen Chrzanowski (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora/Hagerstown CC) took the loss for UMBC after not making it out of the second inning and yielding five runs, two of which were unearned, on six hits.
After the Retrievers went down in order in the top of the first, Georgetown took advantage of the opening, touching up Chrzanowski for three runs in the bottom half. Corbin Blakely registered the big hit for the hosts, a two-run run single to drive in Danny Poplawski and Steve Anderson.
The Hoyas extended their lead in the very next inning to 5-0 on a double by Trevor Matern, followed by a sac fly from Justin Leeson. Sophomore Kevin Ladner took the ball from there for the Retrievers and the right-hander stabilized the visitors with 2.2 innings of scoreless work.
UMBC broke up Smith's no-hitter in the fourth as Corbi led off the inning with a single. He was erased, however, on a double-play ball.
Neither team scored until the sixth when the Retrievers made their comeback bid. McCabe started the rally with a single and was advanced to third as Lachance double to left. Corbi then followed with a two-bagger to center, driving in both of his teammates. Senior Tom Gilchrist (Olney, Md./Sherwood/Chesapeake CC) reached on a throwing error, allowing Corbi to go to third, who then came home on an RBI ground out by freshman Manny Colon (Williamstown, N.J./Buena Regional). Sophomore Ian Glassman (Basking Ridge, N.J./Rutgers Prep) capped the scoring with a sac fly to left, bringing in Gilchrist.
Georgetown responded immediately, though, scoring a single run to push the lead back to two, 6-4.
The Retrievers threatened in the seventh as McCabe and Lachance notched back-to-back two-out singles, but they were stranded there.
The Hoyas closed out the scoring with a solo run in the bottom of the eight.
UMBC now returns home to open its 30-game America East schedule this weekend when Binghamton comes to Alumni Field for a three-game series. The Retrievers and Bearcats will play a double-header on Saturday beginning at 3:30 p.m. followed by a single game at 12:00 on Sunday.
- Georgetown has now won five straight games against UMBC, cutting the Retrievers' lead in the all-time series to 27-16.
- UMBC last defeated Georgetown on May 4, 2011 in a 4-3 decision at Alumni Field.
- Junior Jon Cohn (Scottsdale, Ariz./Notre Dame Prep) recorded a strikeout in the sixth inning to extend the Retriever staff's streak to 73 consecutive games with at least one K.
- By reaching on the error in the sixth, Gilchrist extended his streak to eight straight games reaching base.
- McCabe is now 7-for-9 in his last three games with four runs scored.
- Corbi now has ten career multi-hit games.
- Freshman Mike Gomez (Nutley, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) pitched the eighth inning for UMBC and gave up the first run of his college career.