Baltimore, Md.-- UMBC clawed back for a big 16-5 win against Towson to improve to 26-16 on the year. Denis Mikush recorded the single season saves record with his sixth of the season.
Towson struck first, getting a pair of runs in the top of the second off UMBC starters Kevin Little.
UMBC got a pair of runners on in the third as Mitchell Carroll (Oakton, Va./Oakton) and Kevin Lachance (Clifton, Va./Centreville) reached, but could not cash in as Vince Corbi (Medford, N.J./Shawnee) grounded out to end the inning.
Carroll ended the threat in the fourth, as he made a beautiful diving stop to end the inning. In the bottom of the inning, Andrew Casali (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) gave the Retrievers their first run with a double to left scoring Nick Naumann (Essex, Md./John Carroll/Chestnut Hill). Jake Barnes (Annandale, Va./Annandale) followed up with a hit that resulted in a Towson error that allowed Casali to score, making it 2-2 after four.
Little got into a jam in the fifth, but UMBC got out of the inning with a double play, keeping the score tied at 2-2.
The Tigers would get a run in the sixth, following a Retriever error to make it 3-2. Towson would tack on two more runs, to take a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the inning.
UMBC answered back in the bottom of the inning with Anthony Gatto (Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West) scoring on a Hunter Dolshun (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley) single. After a Casali double moved Dolshun to third, Barnes came up and cleared the bases with a single to right, tying the game at 5-5. The Retrievers would get Barnes to third, but a double play ended the inning.
The Retrievers would take their first lead of the game in the seventh inning, after a bases loaded single by Naumann, scoring Lachance to make it 6-5 UMBC. Casali follows suit, lacing a single to score Gatto. A Zack Bright (Fairfax Station, Va./TC Williams) drew a walk to give UMBC an 8-5 lead heading to the eighth. The Retrievers added eight runs in the eighth to make it 16-5.
The Retrievers would hold on to win by that same score to move to 26-16 on the year. Denis Mikush recorded the most saves in a single season with his sixth of the year.
Casali, Naumann and Barnes each recorded three hits on the day as the team put up 15 hits.
UMBC returns to action tomorrow, May 6 against UMES. First pitch with the Hawks is set for 6:00 p.m. at Alumni Field.