Baseball Opens America East Play in Hartford This Weekend; Followed by NJIT and Towson Mid-Week

Baseball Opens America East Play in Hartford This Weekend; Followed by NJIT and Towson Mid-Week

Baltimore, Md.—UMBC baseball will kick off their 12th America East campaign against the Hawks on Sunday and Monday. Originally scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, the three game set was pushed back a day to get the field ready for play due to the recent weather. The Retrievers will face NJIT and Towson the following Tuesday and Wednesday. UMBC sits at 1-5 on the year, having dropped the past four games.

Hartford Series Info:

WHO: UMBC (1-5, 0-0 AE) vs. Hartford (4-7, 0-0 AE)

WHEN: Sunday, March 15 (DH)-Monday, March 16

WHERE: Fiondella Field- West Hartford, Conn.

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Series Info (Probable Starters):

3/15- UMBC (Joe Vanderplas- 0-2, 8.71 ERA) vs. Hartford (Kyle Gauthier- 1-2, 4.95 ERA)

3/15- UMBC (Kevin Little- 0-0, 2.08 ERA) vs. Hartford (Brian Murphy- 0-1, 4.15 ERA)

3/16- UMBC (Conrad Wozniak- 0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Hartford (Sam McKay- 2-1, 3.32 ERA)

NJIT Game Info:

UMBC vs. NJIT

Tuesday, March 17 * 2:00 p.m.

Baltimore, Md. * Alumni Field

Towson Game Info:

UMBC vs. Towson

Wednesday, March 18 * 3:30 p.m.

Towson, Md. * Schuerholz Park

Scouting the Retrievers (1-5, 0-0 AE):

UMBC dropped their last three games, and four of the past five contests to fall to 1-5 on the year. Nick Naumann (Essex, Md./john Carroll/Chestnut Hill) and Andrew Casali (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) lead the team in batting average at .438 and .364 respectively. Conrad Wozniak (Cypress, Texas/Cypress/Frank Phillip College) came off a masterful seven innings of shutout ball against Toledo. However, the Retrievers failed to score a run as the Rockets took a 1-0 win.

UMBC went 0-3 last weekend, and have dropped five of their first six games to start the year. The Retrievers lost to Michigan (8-1), Michigan State (5-0) and Toledo (1-0) at the Coastal Carolina Invitational this past weekend. 

The Retrievers have had two players earn conference player of the week honors. Hunter Dolshun (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley) earned Player of the Week, while Conrad Wozniak  earned Pitcher of the Week this past week.

Scouting the Hawks (4-7, 0-0 AE):

Hartford is 4-7 on the year, having won their most recent match up with Central Conn. St. The Hawks have not played at home this year, and the series with UMBC will be their first home game of the season after playing the last 11 on the road.

The Hawks defeated fellow Connecticut rival Central Connecticut State University, 5-4. Hartford used six different pitchers in the contest, allowing just seven hits. Kevin Tise got his first win of the year, while John McGinty got the save. Nick Campana led the way with two hits, driving in one run.

All-Time Series:

UMBC holds a slim 23-22 lead over the Hawks, but Hartford leads in America East battles, 22-21. Hartford has won the last four games, including a three game sweep last year in Connecticut. The last Retriever win came back on May 11, 2013 in Baltimore. UMBC won 7-4.

Scouting the Highlanders (3-3):

NJIT is 3-3 heading into the weekend, and are 2-2 in their last four games. The Highlanders have yet to play a home game, and will head to Baltimore after playing Towson this weekend.

The Highlanders are led by Bryan Haberstroh, who is hitting .333 on the year (8-24). Haberstroh has scored three runs, while knocking in two on the year. On the mound, Tyler Knapp has appeared in three contests, hurling a 1.64 ERA in 11 innings.

All-Time Series:

UMBC holds a 4-1 lead in the all-time series, including wins in the last three. The lone blemish for the Retrievers came in 2007, when NJIT won 8-6 in Baltimore. 

Scouting the Tigers (1-10):

Towson comes in at 1-10, having lost four of their last five. Spencer Sutton leads the team with a .368 batting average, smacking two home runs, driving in eight. On the hill, David Marriggi has hurled a 1.12 ERA over eight innings. 

All-Time Series:

Towson holds a 47-36-1 lead over the Retrievers. UMBC took the last meeting back in May, 13-8 in Towson. The Tigers have won the previous three meetings before that, dating back to 2011. 

Up Next:

UMBC will travel to the Citadel next weekend for a three game set. The Retirevers and Bulldogs will play from March 20-22 with single games each day starting at 1:00 p.m. each day.