UMBC Takes on Mount St. Mary’s, Navy in Mid-Week Action on Tuesday and Wednesday

UMBC Takes on Mount St. Mary’s, Navy in Mid-Week Action on Tuesday and Wednesday

Baltimore, Md.—UMBC baseball will look to extend their winning ways, with a pair of mid-week games against Mount St. Mary's and Navy this week. The Retrievers will travel to Emmitsburg on Tuesday before returning home to face the Midshipmen on Wednesday. 

Mount St. Mary's Game Day Info:

WHO: UMBC (5-9, 1-2 AE) vs. Mount St. Mary's (2-11, 0-0 NEC)

WHEN: Tuesday, March 24- 3:30 p.m.

WHERE:  E.T. Straw Family Stadium- Emmitsburg, Md.

SOCIAL MEDIA: @UMBCAthletics, @UMBCBaseball, #EveryPitchMatters, #AEBASE

Navy Game Day Info:

WHO: UMBC (5-9, 1-2 AE) vs. Navy (16-8, 0-0 Patriot)

WHEN: Wednesday, March 25- 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Alumni Field- Baltimore, Md.

SOCIAL MEDIA: @UMBCAthletics, @UMBCBaseball, #EveryPitchMatters, #AEBASE

Scouting the Retrievers (5-9, 1-2 AE):

UMBC went 3-2 last week, recording wins over NJIT, Towson and the Citadel. The Retriever bats came alive early in the week, as they put up 12 runs on both NJIT and Towson in victories. Against the Citadel, UMBC dropped two of three to lose the series, but produced an 8-5 victory on Saturday.

Nick Naumann (Essex, Md./John Carroll/Chestnut Hill) leads the squad hitting .341 on the year, going 15-44 from the dish. Naumann has smacked a one home run, while driving in eight and swiping four bases. The sophomore duo of Andrew Casali (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) and Hunter Dolshun (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley) lead the team with nine RBI's each.

Joe Vanderplas (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax/Tennessee) and Conrad Wozniak (Cypress, Texas/Cypress Woods/Frank Phillip College) are leading the pitching staff for UMBC. Vanderplas has a 4.44 ERA in four starts, going 1-3 in those starts. He has struck out 20 while only walking three batters. Wozniak is hurling a stellar 1.50 ERA over 18 innings pitched. He has 13 strikeouts with only three runs given up.

Scouting the Mountaineers (2-11, 0-0 NEC):

The Mount is coming off a sweep at the hands of Jacksonville this past weekend, and has lost 11 of their first 13. This will be the first  home game for the Mountaineers, who have played all of their games on the road.

Andrew Clow leads the team with a .370 batting average, and is one of two players that are hitting over .300 on the year. Kory Britton is the other Mountaineer hitting over .300, going 14-44 for a .318 average. Britton leads the team in extra base hits, smacking three doubles on the young season. 

Chris Campbell and Chad Diehl are the aces of the staff, with ERA's of 1.80 and 1.93 respectively. They each have one win on the year, with Campbell only giving up two earned runs so far this season.

All-Time Series:

The Retriever and Mountaineers have met 86 times before, with UMBC holding a commanding 64-21-1 lead in the series. The two have not met since 2013, when the Retrievers won both meetings (3-1, 5-3). The last Mount victory was in 2011.

Scouting the Midshipmen (16-8, 0-0 Patriot):

Navy is coming off a series split with Princeton this past Saturday and Sunday. The Midshipmen have played their last 14 games in Annapolis, with the game against the Retrievers being their first road game since March 1.

Sean Trent leads the squad with a .417 batting average on the year. Trent is 38-91 at the plate, having hit 11 doubles and one triple. He has knocked in 15 runs while scoring 15. Robert Currie leads the team with 22 RBI's on 31 hits this year.

Luke Gillingham and Stephen Moore lead the team, throwing 44.0 and 36.0 innings each. Gillingham is 3-1 on the year, with a 1.02 ERA and 71 strikeouts in six starts. Moore is 4-0 on the year with a 2.50 ERA.

All-Time Series:

UMBC holds a slim 21-19 lead in the all-time series that dates back to 1978. The Retrievers and Midshipmen split last year's series with each team winning on the other's home field. The last Retriever win at home came back in 2012, when UMBC downed Navy, 15-6.

Up Next:

The Retrievers will host the Binghamton Bearcats on Saturday and Sunday, March 28-29 at Alumni Field. There will be one game on Saturday (4:30 p.m.) and a double-header on Sunday starting at noon.