Vestal, N.Y.—UMBC baseball swept the Bearcats on Saturday by scores of 3-1 and 6-3. The Retrievers move to 24-16, 9-8 AE on the year.
UMBC and Binghamton went scoreless through the first three innings of the opening game due to good pitching by both teams. UMBC broke through first, scoring in the fourth inning. Nick Naumann (Essex, Md./John Carroll/Chestnut Hill) scored on a Jamie Switalski (Gibsonia, Pa./Pine-Richland) double to left center. Switalski would cross the plate just a few batters later after a Mitchell Carroll (Oakton, Va./Oakton) single through the right side to make it 2-0 Retrievers early.
The Retrievers would add to their lead with an Andrew Casali (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) sacrifice fly to score Kevin Lachance (Clifton, Va./Centreville) in the fifth. Binghamton would get on the board with an RBI single in their half of the fifth.
However that would be all either team would score, as Cory Callahan (Sykesville, Md./Good Counsel) came on in relief, holding the Bearcats bats at bay. Junior Denis Mikush (Burke, Va./Robinson) would get his fifth save of the year, tying the single season record in program history.
The Retrievers would score in a run in each of the first three innings of the seven inning second game. Hunter Dolshun (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley) would get a pair of RBI, one in the first and one in the third. Both times he would plate Anthony Gatto (Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West). Lachance reached on a fielding error in the second, allowing Connor Hax (Bowie, Md./Bishop McNamara) to score making it 3-0 early.
Binghamton would respond scoring three unanswered in the third and fourth to tie the game up. UMBC would go ahead in the fifth, scoring three runs to take a 6-3 lead. Following Nick Naumann walk on a wild pitch, Vince Corbi (Medford, N.J./Shawnee) scored to put the Retrievers in front. Casali scored Gatto on single, followed by a Carroll single scoring Naumann to give them the lead for good.
Switalski held on over the final two innings to earn his third win of the year. Jamie did not give up a hit while striking out three to earn the win.
The Retrievers will close out the series tomorrow, Sunday May 3 with a noon game.