Cohn Earns Slot on America East First Team; Trio of Retrievers Also Named to Baseball All-Conference Squads

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior reliever Jon Cohn (Scottsdale, Ariz./Notre Dame Prep) was named to the America East Baseball All-Conference First Team, the conference office announced on Tuesday evening.  Junior Brandon Coluccio (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Township/Brookdale CC) and freshman Kevin Lachance (Clifton, Va./Centreville), meanwhile, were selected to the Second Team with Lachance also garnering a spot on the All-Rookie Team along with pitcher Mike Gomez (Nutley, N.J./Don Bosco Prep).

"Congratulations to all of the guys," said second-year head coachBob Mumma.   "This just shows their hard work and dedication to the program, and the recognition is well-deserved."

Just a year after throwing only 15.2 innings due to injury, Cohn came back strong and anchored the Retrievers' bullpen, helping the staff drop its ERA (4.78) over four points from 2012 (9.01).  The right-hander was called up 17 times out of the pen, and also started two games, working 52.1 innings to a 2.92 ERA.  He earned his first win of the season on Mar. 17 against Binghamton when he entered the game in the fourth and proceeded to blank the Bearcats to complete UMBC's first shutout since 2009.  Just ten days later, Cohn tossed six shutout innings as the Retrievers rallied past George Washington on the road.  For the year, the righty fanned 14 batters but surrendered just nine walks and recorded a 1.14 WHIP (Walks and Hits per Innings).

Lachance becomes the first Retriever freshman to claim a spot on the All-Conference First or Second Team since Joe Fowler made the Second Team in 2005.  The rookie shortstop led the Retrievers this year with a .303 average (53- for-175) while recording 15 multi-hit games.   He also led the team with 19 RBI and was second with 13 stolen bases.  Missing just one of the Retrievers' 48 games, Lachance collected at least one hit in ten straight games from Mar. 24-Apr. 9 and later put together a seven-game string.  During the second streak, he picked up multiple hits in six of the seven games, including a four- hit effort against Coppin State on May 9.   In the field, Lachance stabilized a UMBC defense which increased its fielding percentage by almost 20 points while recording a team-best 159 assists at short.

Joining Lachance on the All-Conference Second Team, junior transfer Brandon Coluccio stepped up for the Retrievers during his first season in Baltimore.  In UMBC's first America East series of the year, the experienced catcher went 7-for-11 with three RBI and three runs scored as the Retrievers took two of three from Binghamton at Alumni Field.   For his efforts, Coluccio was named the conference Player of the Week by both the America East and the ECAC.  Behind the plate, the junior committed just two errors while aiding the improved Retriever staff.

Claiming a spot on the All-Rookie Team, Gomez initially made his mark for the Black and Gold as a reliever, but retained his effectiveness while transitioning to a starter later in the season.  The right-hander saved both games in UMBC's home-and-home series sweep of Mount St. Mary's on Mar. 9-10 to become the first Retriever to record saves in back-to-back games in the past ten years. He would earn two more saves during the year (vs. Binghamton Mar. 16 and vs. UMES Apr. 3), to make him just the fifth pitcher in school history to record four or more saves in a year.  In his second to last relief appearance of the year, Gomez struck out 14 batters as he worked 7.1 innings in a 16- inning loss at Hartford.  As a starter, the rookie never threw less than five innings and threw a complete-game in his final start, yielding just three earned runs on eight hits against the Hawks at home.

Regular season champion Maine took three of the four top individual awards as head coach Steve Trimper was named Coach of the Year, shortstop Michael Fransoso won Player of the Year, and Tommy Lawrence was the unanimous selection as Pitcher of the Year.  Stony Brook's Jack Parenty took Rookie of the Year honors.

DAWG BITES

-      & nbsp;   Cohn becomes just the fifth Retriever to make the All-Conference First Team (Brad Brainer 2009, Will Delawter 2007 and 2008, Joe Fowler 2006 and 2008, Max Himmelstein 2012).

-      & nbsp;   Coluccio and Lachance are the third pair of teammates to earn Second Team honors in the same season (Joe Fowler and Kyle Wildasin in 2005; Wink Nolan and Scott Peddicord in 2008).

-      & nbsp;   This is the third straight year UMBC has had at least one player on the All- Rookie Team and only the second time in ten years in the America East with two honorees.