MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – West Virginia starter John Means limited the UMBC offense to just three hits over seven innings as the Mountaineers blanked the Retrievers, 4-0, Saturday afternoon at TicketReturn.com Field at the Caravelle Resort's Baseball at the Beach.
Retriever starter Bobby Applegate (Somerdale, N.J./Sterling/Gloucester County College) pitched well in his UMBC debut, yielding just three earned runs over five innings, but took the loss.
After UMBC went down in order in the top of the first, WVU made the first mark on the board as Bobby Boyd walked the lead off the inning and came around to score on a sac fly to center by Matt Frazer. Frazer paced the Mountaineer offense going 2-for-3 with two RBI.
Applegate settled down from there, sending the Mountaineers back to the field without scoring in each of the next two innings. The Retrievers got a lead-off single by senior Jason Allinder (Snow Hill, Md./Snow Hill/Chesapeake CC) to start the second, but he was erased by a double play. Freshman Manny Colon (Williamstown, N.J./Buena Regional) followed with a double down the left field line, but was stranded there.
West Virginia capitalized on the on the waste two innings later as Taylor Munden singled through the left side to bring home Frazer and increase the lead to 2-0. An inning later, the Mountaineers doubled the lead to 4-0, behind back-to-back two-out hits. Applegate brought the damage to an end by picking off Frazer on second base.
Sophomore Kevin Ladner (Succasunna, N.J./Roxbury) came on in the sixth and pitched two shutout innings, giving up just one single to Brady Wilson, who was promptly picked off. Junior transfer Stephen Chrzanowski (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora/Hagerstown CC) relieved Ladner in the eighth and also held WVU scoreless, giving the Retrievers a chance to comeback.
The Retrievers managed just two base runners over the final three innings against Means and Corey Holmes, however, and could not make a dent in the Mountaineers' lead.
UMBC closes out its 2013 opening weekend on Sunday morning against Indiana. The Retrievers and Hoosiers are set to begin play at 10:00 a.m.
- West Virginia has now won both meetings between the two schools. The Mountaineers also defeated the Retrievers back in 2000, 11-7, in Morgantown.
- The Retrievers fall to 0-3 all-time against Big XII opponents (0-1 vs. Kansas; 0-2 vs. West Virginia).
- UMBC was last shut out on Apr. 25, 2012, falling 5-0 to Stony Brook.
- Colon's double was the first hit of his career.
- Senior Tom Gilchrist (Olney, Md./Sherwood/Chesapeake CC) walked twice for the Retrievers and has reached base in both games this season. He has reached in three straight games dating back to the 2012 season.