Retrievers Walk-off as McCabe’s 12th-inning Single Downs Coppin State, 2-1

Junior Rob McCabe
Junior Rob McCabe

BALTIMORE – Junior outfielder Rob McCabe (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) gave UMBC its second-straight non-conference walk-off win by dumping a single to left-center and driving in freshman Jesse Smith (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee-Davis) with the winning run as the Retrievers defeated Coppin State, 2-1 in 12 innings, Tuesday evening at Alumni Field.

Senior Jason Allinder (Snow Hill, Md./Snow Hill/Chesapeake CC) led off the inning with a clean single to left and was replaced at first by Smith who then took second on a wild pitch.  The game looked like it might go to the 13th after a strike out and a fly out, but junior Brandon Coluccio (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Township/Brookdale CC) drew a full-count walk to extend the inning.  Then with a 2-2 count, McCabe went the other way to end the 2 hour and 52 minute contest.

Sophomore Kevin Ladner (Succasunna, N.J./Roxbury) threw 3.1 innings of scoreless and hitless baseball to earn his third win (3-1) of the year.  He replaced starter Cam Maxey (Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee) in the top of the ninth with two down and finished off the game.  Maxey, who was making his first career start, struck out nine batters and gave up just one unearned run over a career-high 8.2 innings of work.

Coppin State's Darryl Martinez took the loss after entering in the 12th inning and surrendering the two walks and the game-winning base hit.

The pitchers were once again in control early and sent down the opposing lineup in order in the first.  Coppin pressured in the second with back-to-back two-out hits, but Maxey fanned Nathan Pitts to thwart the rally. 

The Retrievers picked up their first hit of the game in the bottom half as sophomore Anthony Gatto (Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West) drove a single up the middle.  Gatto, who went 3-for-5 in the game, then stole second and Allinder drew a four-pitch walk to put two runners on.  The rally went for naught, though, as a strike out and ground out killed the threat.

In the top of the third, Maxey caught lead-off hitter Colin Dower looking at strike three, but then hit Chris Kashangaki to put a runner on.  The freshman righty then struck out Dalton Cozart swinging, but Kashangaki took advantage of the slow breaking ball to steal second.  David Hamlett followed by reaching on an error and Kashangaki came home as the ball squirted into the outfield.

That is all Maxey would give up as Coppin managed just four hits over the next eight frames.

UMBC could not take advantage of its starter's effectiveness, however, collecting only six hits in eight innings against Eagles' starter Will Grebenstein.  That is all Grebenstein would go as sophomore Jake Barnes (Annandale, Va./Annandale) laced a double to the left-centerfield gap to lead off the bottom of the ninth to knock out the right-hander.  Gatto's fly ball to deep right got Barnes over to third, and two batters later, the sophomore raced home as a wild pitch got past catcher Alex Brown to knot the game at 1-1.

Freshman Cam Maxey

Neither team picked up a hit in extra innings until Allinder yanked his single to left in the bottom of the 12th.  From there, Smith got to second on the wild pitch and then showed his speed by scoring standing up on McCabe's single.

The Retrievers are right back in action tomorrow night when they welcome George Washington to Alumni Field.  First pitch between UMBC and GW is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.

DAWG BITES

-          UMBC's 11 wins give the program its most victories since 2008 (21).

-          UMBC extended its lead over Coppin State in the all-time series to 40-1.  The Eagles won their only game in the series with a 6-3 win in ten innings in 2004, which was the only other game between the schools to go to extra innings.

-          The Retrievers are now 6-7 at home this season and 3-1 against non-league foes at Alumni Field this spring.

-          The win is UMBC's first when trailing after eight innings since 2010 when they rallied for four runs in the ninth and downed Hartford 14-9 in 14 innings on Apr. 10.

-          This is also UMBC's first win of the year when trailing after six or seven innings.

-          The Retrievers outhit Coppin State 8-6, marking just the fifth time that they have collect more hits than the opposition in 2013.  They are 4-1 in such games.

-          Maxey's Line: 8.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K

-          Ladner's Line: 3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

-          The Retriever staff has limited opponents to one run or less in three of the last four games.