Retrievers Rally, But Fall 6-4 to Hartford in Rubber Game of Series

Retrievers Rally, But Fall 6-4 to Hartford in Rubber Game of Series

West Hartford, Conn.—The Retrievers took an lead in the seventh inning, but Hartford responded with five runs in the bottom half of the inning to win 6-4 in the rubber match. UMBC falls to 2-7, 1-2 AE on the year.

Hartford got things started in the second, scoring off a lead-off double by Trey Stover. It would take the Retrievers a couple of innings before the bats were awakened.

Kevin Lachance (Clifton, Va./Centreville) got the first hit for the Retrievers in the fourth, with a lead-off single. Just pitches later, Murphy would pick him off, ending the rally. UMBC would find the answer in the sixth inning, getting a single by Jake Barnes (Annandale, Va./Annandale), followed by one by Lachance to put runners on first and second. Vince Corbi (Medford, N.J./Shawnee) followed him up with a single of his own to plate Barnes.

UMBC would load the bases just an inning later, looking to take the lead. Ryan Sliwak (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh/Nassau CC) would come on to pinch hit for Barnes, and it would pay off. Ryan smacked a bases clearing double, and would be gunned down stretching for a triple. The hit gave UMBC a 4-1 lead heading to the bottom of the seventh.

Hartford would answer with four runs in the seventh. After a hit by pitch, a Joe Roberti home run cut the lead to just one. The Hawks would load the bases, and score two off an RBI single to take a 5-4 lead. They would add a run off a throwing error by Denis Mikush (Burke, Va./Robinson) to take a 6-4 lead into the eighth.

The Retrievers would get runners on second and third in the ninth, but the Hawks closed the door to win 6-4.

Wozniak went 6.0 innings surrendering one earned run and five hits, while striking out three. Lachance led the offense going 2-4 with a pair of singles. Sliwak cashed in on his only at-bat, driving in three runs.

The Retriever will return to the diamond tomorrow, March 17 againt NJIT. The game with the Highlanders will begin at 4:00 p.m. from Alumni Field.