Baltimore, Md.—UMBC baseball travels to Binghamton for an important America East series this weekend. The Retrievers and Bearcats are looking to put themselves in playoff position with just three conference weekends left.
Binghamton Series Info:
WHO: UMBC (22-16, 7-8 AE) vs. Binghamton (16-16-1, 6-8 AE)
WHEN: Saturday, May 2 (DH, 12:00 p.m.) and Sunday, May 3 (12:00 p.m.)
WHERE: Bearcats Sports Complex- Binghamton, N.Y.
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Probable Pitching Matchups:
Game 1- UMBC- Matt Chanin (3-1, 2.45 ERA) vs. Binghamton- Greg Ostner (1-5, 4.47 ERA)
Game 2- UMBC- Conrad Wozniak (2-1, 1.28 ERA) vs. Binghamton- Mike Bunal (4-3, 4.11 ERA)
Game 3- UMBC-Joe Vanderplas (2-4, 4.32 ERA) vs. Binghamton- Rob Hardy (3-2, 4.60 ERA)
Scouting the Retrievers (22-16, 7-8 AE):
UMBC sits at 22-16, 7-8 AE on the year, and are coming off wins against George Mason (6-4) and UMES (8-0) this past Tuesday and Wednesday. The Retrievers sit in second place in the America East playoff standings with nine games to go.
Nick Naumann (Essex, Md./John Carroll/Chestnut Hill) has been a force in the batter's box, hitting .350 in 37 games this year. Naumann is first on the team with 48 hits and has 25 RBI. Four other Retrievers are hitting over .300 on the year. Freshman Zack Bright (Fairfax Station, Va./TC Williams) and Brady Zinda (Woodbridge, Va./Hylton) are hitting .333 and .316 in the rookie seasons, while Vince Corbi (Medford, N.J./Shawnee) and Andrew Casali (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) are batting .312 and .308 on the year.
Freshman Matt Chanin (Olney, Md./Sherwood) and junior Conrad Wozniak (Cypress, Texas/Cypress Woods/Frank Phillip) are leading the pitching staff, with a 2.45 and 1.28 ERA each. Chanin is sitting at 3-1 on the year in seven starts. He has 30 strikeouts in 40.1 innings of work. Wozniak has been equally impressive with a 1.28 ERA sitting down 42 batters and giving up just seven earned runs all year. His 1.28 ERA is good for tenth best in the NCAA.
Scouting the Bearcats (16-16-1, 6-8 AE):
Binghamton is 16-16-1 on the year, having won their last four games against St. Bonaventure and NYIT. The Bearcats are 6-8 in the America East, and are currently in the final playoff spot with nine conference games to go.
Zach Blanden and Jake Thomas are leading the offense for Binghamton. Blanden is hitting .364, lacing three home runs, three triples and eight doubles. Thomas is batting .357 with nine doubles, a pair of home runs and 21 RBI.
The Bearcats will send Greg Ostner, Mike Bunal, and Rob Hardy this weekend. Ostner (4.47 ERA) and Bunal (4.11 ERA) have combined for five wins this year, as Hardy (4.60 ERA) has three on his own.
Binghamton owns a 40-12 series lead over the Retrievers, including a 40-9 lead in America East play. However, the Retrievers most recently swept the Bearcats this year in Baltimore. UMBC fought back from a 9-1 deficit to win 10-9 in extra innings in game one. Games two and three were won by UMBC, thanks to strong pitching.
The Retrievers start a ten game home stand to end the year. UMBC hosts Towson (Tuesday, May 5) and UMES (Wednesday, May 6) in the mid-week, before entertaining Albany on the weekend with a three game set.