Baltimore, Md.—UMBC baseball will finally get the season rolling after having their previous series with North Carolina A&T and Towson getting cancelled. The Retrievers will enter 2015 looking to improve on their 17-29, 7-17 AE. UMBC will be looking to make the America East playoffs for the first time since 2008.
2/27- UMBC vs. Richmond
2/27- UMBC vs. Lafayette
2/28- UMBC vs. Lafayette
3/1- UMBC vs. Richmond
All games played at Dennis Field- Goose Creek, S.C.
Scouting the Retrievers:
The Retriever will return a slew of players from last year's squad, including five infielders and two outfielders. UMBC will feature key transfers who have prior Division I experience in Tim Kelly (Virginia Tech) and Connor Staskey (Temple). Junior college transfers Conrad Wozniak (Frank Phillip College) and Kevin Little (Taft College) will bolster the pitching staff that finished near the bottom in ERA last year in the America East.
Scouting the Leopards:
Lafayette will also be opening their 2015 season against the Retrievers in North Carolina. The Leopards finished the 2014 campaign with a 15-26 record, going 5-13 in Patriot League play. Alex Woinski led the team, hitting .303 (29-89) from the dish. Cory Spera led the team with a 3-1 record on the mound.
Scouting the Spiders:
Richmond comes into the weekend at 2-3 overall, having most recently taking two of three from Holy Cross. Kurtis Brown leads the Spiders hitting .333 on the year in five games. Robbie Baker is 1-0 on the young season, hurling 7.1 innings in his only outing, giving up one run.
The Leopards hold a 7-1 all-time series lead against the Retrievers, dating back to 2006. The lone UMBC win came on May 5, 2007 when the Retrievers knocked off the Leopards 4-3 in extra innings.
Richmond will come into the weekend holding a 12-5 lead in the all-time series. The Spiders have won two of the last three meetings, with the last Retriever win coming in 2005. UMBC knocked off the Spiders 10-8 in Richmond.
UMBC will travel to our nation's capital for a mid-week showdown with Georgetown on Tuesday, March 3. First pitch with the Hoyas is set for 2:30 p.m.