TOWSON, Md. – Towson scored on back-to-back sacrifice flies in the bottom of the second inning and held off each UMBC rally, defeating the Retrievers, 2-0, Wednesday afternoon at Schuerholz Park.
Starter Nik Nowottnick (2-0) earned the win for Towson (12-7) after throwing four innings of shutout baseball. After Garrett Walther matched Nowottnick with four scoreless, Lee Lawler came on in the ninth to pick up his first save of the season.
Freshman Riley Stephenson (Frederick, Md./Boonsboro) dropped to 0-2 on the year after surrendering both Towson runs on four hits in a two-inning stint.
Both pitching staffs were in command throughout as the two lineups combined for just ten total hits.
After a scoreless and hitless one and a half innings of play, Towson's Peter Bowles opened the bottom of the second with a single through the right side. With Bowles then moving on the play, Brendan Butler singled through the vacated short stop hole to put runners on first and third. That did not last long as Butler promptly stole second. The next batter Mike Draper followed with a deep fly ball to right to bring in the eventual game-winning run. Butler advanced on the play and then came home as Richie Blosser hit a sac fly to left.
UMBC threatened to strike back in the third as sophomores Vince Corbi (Medford, N.J./Shawnee) and Ian Glassman (Basking Ridge, N.J./Rutgers Prep) drew back-to-back two out walks, but both were stranded on a ground out.
The two staffs took over from there, not allowing a base runner to gain second base until Towson's Blosser hit a two-out double to left in the seventh.
The Retrievers made one last rally in the top of the ninth as Colon struck out swinging, but reached first on a wild pitch. Freshman Jesse Smith (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee-Davis) came on to pinch run for his classmate and he moved to second on Barnes' single up the middle. The rally fell short, however, as Lawler finished the game with a strikeout.
The Retrievers now return home to host America East rival Albany for a three-game set this weekend, beginning on Saturday. The Retrievers and Great Danes will play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 3:30 p.m. followed by a single game on Sunday.
- Towson now holds a 46-35-1 advantage in the all-time series with UMBC and has won 15 of the last 16 contests between the schools.
- The two teams will meet again on May 1 at Alumni Field.
- UMBC is 0-2 against CAA opposition this season (0-1 vs. Delaware; 0-1 vs. Towson.
- Senior Tom Gilchrist (Olney, Md./Sherwood/Chesapeake CC) went 0-for-3 and failed to reach base for the first time this season.
- Junior Rob McCabe (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) went 0-for-2 snapping a seven-game hitting streak.
- UMBC has mustered just five hits in the last two meetings with Towson.
- The Retriever pitching staff struck out four batters, extending their streak to 77 straight games with at least one K.