BALTIMORE – Following a 55-minute rain delay in the bottom of the second, the UMBC baseball team could not capitalize on a first and second, no out situation and Stony Brook responded with six runs in the top of the third en route to a 10-3 win over the Retrievers, Saturday afternoon on UMBC Senior Day at Alumni Field.
Led by starter Tyler Honahan (7-2), the Stony Brook (31-15, 16-4 AE) pitching staff held UMBC (15-27, 6-15 AE) to just three hits on the day. Retriever sophomore Joe Vanderplas (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax/Tennessee) worked two scoreless innings to start the game, but then gave up the six runs, three of which were earned, in the third to take the loss (1-3).
Junior Vince Corbi (Medford, N.J./Shawnee), sophomore Mark Esposito (Bethany, Conn./Amity Regional), and senior Rob McCabe (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) picked up the base hits for UMBC, with Esposito and McCabe each rounding the bases to score. Sophomore Kevin Lachance (Clifton, Va./Centreville) also scored a run for the Retrievers after reaching on an error in the third.
Vanderplas worked his way out of trouble in the top of the first, stranding two runners, but Honahan sent down the Retrievers in order to answer. The Retriever southpaw matched it with a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the second and Esposito started the bottom half with a lead-off walk before freshman Hunter Dolshun (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley) reached on an error to put two runners on. But then the rains came hard and heavy to cause a lengthy delay. Honahan came out of the stoppage strong, getting two pop outs and a fly out to end the threat.
His offense finally got to Vanderplas in the top of the third, scoring six times in the frame. Two errors cost the Retrievers, prolonging the inning. Kevin Krause, Cole Peragine, Casey Baker, and Johnny Caputo all notched RBI singles in the frame with Robert Chavarria and Baker scoring on wild pitches.
UMBC answered right away with McCabe shooting a ball down the left field line for a lead-off single. A miscue on a ball off the bat of Lachance gave the Retrievers two base runners and then freshman Andrew Casali (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) was hit with a pitch to load the sacks. Corbi cashed in with an infield single to the left side to score McCabe and get UMBC on the board. Two batters later, Dolshun hit into a fielder's choice which allowed Lachance to score an unearned run and cut the lead to 6-2.
Stony Brook extended its lead back to five at 7-2 on a sac fly from Peragine in the top of the fourth and then added three runs in the next inning on a bases-clearing double from Krause to push the advantage to 10-2.
The Retrievers kept fighting and got another run on the board in the bottom of the sixth as senior D.J. Smith (Millersville, Md./Old Mill) lifted a sac fly to deep left to plate Esposito who had started the inning with a single.
UMBC could not get any closer and Stony Brook completed the series sweep with the win.
The Retrievers now close out their 2014 home schedule with a single game against Georgetown on Tuesday evening at Alumni Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. which will follow a ceremony to honor long-time UMBC head coach John Jancuska.
- Stony Brook has won four straight in the series and leads the all-time series, 42-9.
- Sophomores Denis Miksuh (Burke, Va./Robinson) and Michael Gomez (Nutley, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) each pitched two scoreless innings for the Retrievers.
- UMBC is now 7-16 when the opposition scores first.
- McCabe finishes his career with a .370 (17-for-46) average in 17 career games against Stony Brook.